Machining and Inspection Upgrades 2017-12-19T16:53:30+00:00

More About Our Continuous Improvement And Upgrades

Machining 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.

Inspection Upgrades

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
Detectors in the cutting chamber

Detectors in the cutting chamber

Datum point tooling

Datum point tooling

Integrated PLCs

Integrated PLC’s

Machining center

Machining center “thin client” data terminals

5-Stage ultrasonic cleaning system

5-Stage ultrasonic cleaning system

Tooling vision inspection system

Tooling vision inspection system

Oasis inspection system upgrades

Oasis inspection system

Laser inspection system upgrade

Laser inspection system

Expanded metal reclamation system

Expanded metal reclamation system