More About Our Continuous Improvement And Upgrades
We have expanded numerous preventive action initiatives by installing in-chamber screw machine detectors on our machines. These detectors, controlled by newly installed PLC’s, include OD (outside diameter) checkers, broken drill detectors, thermal sensors, air pressure sensors and length detectors. In total, these upgrades represent an uncommon level of embedded technology on the economical screw machine platform. As a result, many potential non-conformance situations have been prevented.
As a verification of the in-chamber detectors, and an expansion of conventional inspection capabilities, we have taken another leap forward with the adoption of digital camera-based vision inspection equipment in the machining centers. The automated inspection stations, with components supplied by Keyence Corporation of America, are integrated with the screw machines – providing instantaneous feedback to machine operators, reduced material handling requirements, and reduced throughput times.
Other significant improvements include:
- Strategic supply agreements – to optimize metal cost
- Datum-point tooling – for faster setups and tool changes
- Water-based and high pressure coolant systems – for improved tool life, part quality, and cost as well as more eco-friendly machining
- A five stage ultrasonic wash system – for improved cleaning of deep blind holes
- “Paperless” reporting with machining “thin client” data terminals – for more efficient, more accurate and quicker data management
- Expanded metal reclamation systems – for improved capacity and chip processing
- ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (pending) – to formalize our sustainability commitment