Production Machining

JUL 2018

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

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Edited by Chris Koepfer A chieving complete part machining in a single handling production process is considered the "Holy Grail" for many CNC shops striving to reduce cost per part, reduce throughput to meet customer JIT delivery demands and consistently produce quality products. In some instances, adding this capability also increases both capacity and the ability to find jobs in new markets. Typically, performing multiple machining operations with a single setup brings to mind complex, multi-sided parts for aerospace and other applications. However, the concept of reducing work-in-process by using different Rotary Transfer Reduces Manufacturing Steps and Opens Up Opportunities :: Replacing its multiple step machining process with a rotary transfer machine helps Tramec Sloan improve its current produc- tion throughput and has opened up additional production capacity. machining operations in with one handling is scalable even for seemingly simple products, such as brass hose fittings, which can be made better, faster and more cost- effectively by using a CNC rotary transfer machine. Kevin Hessey, executive V.P. of Tramec Sloan LLC, was looking for a way to improve production of the brass airbrake hose ends and other fittings for commercial trucks and trailers made from the 9 million pounds of brass processed each year in the company's Galion, Ohio, facility. Tramec Sloan was formed in 2013 through the merger of three former competitors: CNC shop, Crawford Machine, Tramec (large order engineering and assembly) and Sloan (aftermarket air brake parts). Each company brought unique strengths to the new entity. Today, the company makes air handling products such as air brake valves, hoses and tubing; a variety of brass fittings and fasteners; electrical CASE IN POINT 42 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: JULY 2018

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