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Shop Solutions: Precision Shop Finds Customer Success in Its FMS

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

For AFAB Precision Machining (Lake Forest, CA) success is based on its service-oriented philosophy, which firmly links its customers’ success to the company’s own success. To achieve that mutual benefit, AFAB has invested in automation that drives its internal manufacturing innovation. Recently, AFAB purchased a Makino a51nx horizontal machining center with a 12-pallet MMC2 flexible manufacturing system that has cut cycle times in half. Full Article

Shop Solutions: CAD CAM Puts Magic into Shop's Machining



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

There is no magic formula that guarantees manufacturing success. However, the combination of hard work, knowledge, and advanced technology is about as close as you can get. That’s the formula employed by Andrea Cecutti, the owner of AC&A (Lake Forrest, CA). When he opened his small California startup, AC&A, Cecutti wagered everything on advanced machines, skilled and motivated people, and Tebis CAD/CAM software. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Abrasive Nylon Brushes Finish Parts Inline



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

The abrasive nylon brush is one of the more noteworthy advancements in tools for in-line machine deburring, edge radiusing, cleaning, and other surface finishing applications. With new advances in abrasive technology, machining center operators like Eric Sun, founder of Orange Vise Co., a machine shop and machine tool manufacturer in Union City, CA, are able to complete surface finishing simultaneously with other machining operations, speeding product completion, improving quality, and saving off-line finishing time and costs. Full Article

Shop Solutions: ERP System Tracks EDM Jobs, Grows Shop's Business



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2015

When your job shop is running 80 electrical discharge machines (EDM), 24 hours-a-day with an output of more than 5000 jobs a year, keeping track of every aspect of your business might seem impossible. But the team of Carl Sommer and his sons at Reliable EDM (Houston, TX) have not only kept track, but also managed to build Reliable into North America’s largest EDM job shop. Full Article

Shop Solutions: One Snowflake Too Many Leads Shop to Advanced EDMs



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2015

That’s how Henry Kalkman describes the snow on the roof of his shop, JK Machining Inc., the day it collapsed in February 2014. Kalkman can make light of the incident now, but without proper insurance and good industry connections, the calamity could have shut down the Kalamazoo, MI, mold-and-die shop permanently. Instead, JK Machining weathered a long year of rebuilding and continued to meet customer delivery dates with help from neighboring shops. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Software Speeds 3D EOAT Build for Molding Robot



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

6/1/2015

Bemis Manufacturing (Sheboygan Falls, WI) is the largest manufacturer of toilet seats in the world and a leading producer of healthcare products, custom plastic products and precision plastic parts. The family-owned company also manufactures plastic lawn, commercial, indoor furniture, and a host of various contracted extrusion and injection-molded plastic parts for companies such as John Deere and Whirlpool Corp. The company is a pioneer of co-injection molding, a process in which virgin resin is injected with recycled plastic. Full Article

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