Production Machining

OCT 2016

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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Edited by Chris Koepfer Adding Value, Reducing Cost Inverted vertical turning centers find a home in an automotive stamping house. T his is not a story about another big plant machining transmission parts. Rather, it is a story about a family-owned firm using self-contained inverted vertical turning centers to meet quality and volume demands from automotive Tier-One suppliers in a hot market of primarily brackets and flanges for automobile exhaust systems. Stamtex (Niles, Ohio), a stamping shop established in 1921, has always supplied to the auto industry, including every brand of automobile. e shop's production is currently about 85-percent automotive work, including aftermarket. at's about 2,500 part numbers. It is the No. 2 supplier of heavy exhaust stampings in the country, according to the company. High Volume e volumes of parts flowing through the shop are huge, and the conse- quences for downtime are equally significant. So, like many family- owned shops, Stamtex works to avoid downtime through careful planning. And it works to add value to the product it delivers. For stamping and metalworking shops, that means doing more work in-house where the inventory control and quality can be improved and critical ISO standards are maintained. Rapid response to automotive demands is one of the company's core values. is means it's impera- tive to create in- house all the tooling necessary to produce high quality parts, which the company is doing. It operates high-end EDM machines to craft its stamping dies and produces 95 percent of its die sets in-house. Avoiding outside production steps, and adding value to the parts it ships by adding features and fasteners, is also critical for the company, which gives it an edge over the competition. :: The inverted vertical turning center uses a main spindle for machining and uses it as a loader and unloader, as well. VERTICAL TURNING 38 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: OCTOBER 2016

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