Production Machining

OCT 2016

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

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Turning Upside Down To reach these goals, Stamtex uses two inverted vertical turning centers that are installed on the production floor next to the press lines. e company produces millions of heavy flanges for a car's exhaust system yearly. Some of these parts include a groove on one side in which a sealing gasket is set. e gasket permits a tight connection, preventing exhaust gases from escaping. Both Ford and General Motors use this system. Previously, this groove feature had been done by an outside vendor on a CNC lathe, one part at a time, with an operator handling each part, followed by a cleaning operation. But as with almost any outside supplier, it was an added cost to the part. Contracting work added time and handling, and it interrupted what could be a smooth production flow in a single location. So Stamtex President/CEO Philip Frankle decided to bring the operation in-house. He implemented an inverted vertical turning center into the process because of the types of operations—turning, grooving and tapping—the company would perform on mainly flat parts, such as flanges, hubs and brackets. :: Machined on Stamtex's vertical turning center, the groove on this flange is high tolerance. :: Philip Frankle, president and CEO of Stamtex, has integrated inverted vertical turning machines into his high volume fabrication shop. The machines have allowed the shop to bring work in-house that was once contracted. Adding Value, Reducing Cost :: 39

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