Welcome to Throughput Magazine!
Throughput is published by Morris Group, Inc. Each issue is devoted to topics of current interest related to a common manufacturing theme.
Articles In Throughput explore in-depth how the machine tools, tooling and accessories, automation and software products, applications engineering, preventive maintenance, repairs, and training that Morris companies provide contribute to gains in manufacturing productivity.
In our business, improving productivity means making parts better, faster, and for less. Helping customers do more for less is our daily challenge.
According to statistics from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the number of business-to-business and news magazines in publication decreased by nearly 20% from 2000
to 2010. Many seasoned marketing professionals believe that the number of magazine closures is due to the increasing reliance upon electronic media.
Multifunction turning centers are no longer reserved only for crowd-stopping displays at machine tool shows. They have evolved quickly to become practical, reliable machine tools used by many shops to produce parts ranging from simple to complex, in both long and short production runs.
Data exchange between machines and tooling enables manufacturers to accomplish several goals. Whether it’s moving toward “lights out” operations, adopting more “lean” manufacturing practices, or improving accuracy and cycle times, seamless integrations between various technologies produce a synergistic effect with improvements in productivity that exceed the sum benefit of the individual technologies.
An upstate New York manufacturer and customer of Morris Great Lakes recently related to me how they decided to purchase a Swiss lathe to meet the daunting requirements of an important customer. The customer needed a greater diversity of industrial valve parts, more complex part geometries, smaller lot sizes, and lower prices.
Multisensor Metrology Systems Combine the Benefits of Hardware and Software “Multisensor” is a buzzword that describes much more than machines with multiple sensor technologies. In the current manufacturing lexicon, multisensor measurement systems are integrations of hardware and software plus inspection techniques that provide the optimal metrology solution for a manufacturer’s specific needs.
When Don Miller, Director of Business Development at Magnus Precision (www.magnuscnc.com) received a call from the Hardinge Group (Elmira, NY) asking if his company would test its latest SUPER-PRECISION® T-42 multitasking turning center, he replied, “Yes, how soon can you deliver it?”
Quality CNC machining often takes an artist’s eye, an engineer’s attention to detail, and the patience of a saint. With so many variables to consider to ensure that quality and productivity goals are met, it can be overwhelming. Dealing with thermal expansion, determining ideal cutting conditions and, on the extreme, responding to machine crashes, are common concerns that demand the attention of the operator. If these issues could be handled automatically, by the machine tool and its control, the operator’s job would be much easier.
At imX 2011, Okuma conducted a series of workshops and hands-on learning sessions that focused on the challenges and pain points that manufacturers face. Practical topics involving workforce training, tooling costs, simplifying automation, benefits of universal machine tool technology, raw material management, and many more were expertly conveyed in a learning atmosphere.
REM Sales, LLC, of Windsor, Connecticut introduces the new Tsugami B0125 and B0205 Swiss type automatic lathes. Available in a variety of configurations, the new models are a straightforward and flexible solution for precision round and prismatic parts.
Many manufacturers share common misconceptions about the costs of machine tool maintenance. Being able to estimate maintenance costs more accurately has importance because manufacturers that understand the true costs and benefits are more likely to implement planned maintenance programs and reduce their overall cost of machine tool ownership.
If you are like most manufacturers, you aggressively and continually search for the right formula to give your business a sustainable edge over global competition. New machine tool technology is an obvious starting point for this search process, but it doesn’t provide a final or thorough solution.