Looking to Reduce Machine Tool Setup Time? Read This.
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, March 07, 2022 -
Time is money.
This is why so many shops find themselves looking to reduce their machine tool setup time. When the machine is not running, it’s not making money- a simple fact.
In order to maximize machine tool efficiency and accuracy an increase in setup automation options have been introduced over the years. This allows shops to increase throughput from their existing machinery, reduce errors, and place machinists on more proactive tasks. Shibaura Machine is highlighting five of the most popular ways to reduce machine tool setup time and increase productivity.
The addition of an automatic pallet changer offers a quick, precise, often low-cost part changing system that enables increased productivity. With an automatic pallet changer the operator is able to set up the next workpiece during the current workpieces machining operation delivering part-to-part change overs with repeatability and speed.
When you think about how many tool changes your machine tool will make during its lifetime, being able to minimize that time can make a big impact. All Shibaura Machine’s machine tools include automated tool changers so the operator no longer needs to manually perform this task, allowing for a further reduction in machine tool setup time.
QUICK-CHANGE TOOLING BLOCK
The quick-change tooling block systems on Shibaura Machine’s entire RAM style of vertical turning lathes (VTL’s) will considerably improve your workpiece throughput by reducing the number of setups, helping to increase machine tool return on investment.
Utilizing a workpiece probe during machining operations delivers improvements in workpiece quality and a reduction in errors from manual input. This automation also allows operators to focus on proactive engineering roles, bringing cost savings and significant quality improvements for all applications.
TOOL VERIFICATION SYSTEMS
With automated tool verification systems you can monitor cutting tool diameter and length offsets in a short period of time. This not only reduces setup time, but ensures correct tool parameters and that the machine is capable of the tolerances before any machining operations are carried out.
Start Saving Time
Certain tasks like tool setting and workpiece measuring will never go away and are critical to your machining operation. However, being able to automate these and other setup tasks can bring significant time and cost savings, while also improving repeatability and workpiece quality.
Contact the Machine Tool Team to learn more about the options available to help with setup time reduction.
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