Using the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator (Patent Pending), a major orthopedic and medical device manufacturer increased inspection accuracy and throughput, eliminated operator subjectivity, freed up floor space and was able to start recording complete product documentation and device history.
Success with automation isn’t automatic—some inspired thinking is almost always behind highly effective applications. This automated EDM cell in Idaho is a case in point. Automated production systems often put on an interesting show. That’s true of Russ Scoffield’s automated cell that incorporates seven wire EDMs. The cell is located at his shop, Big Sky EDM, in Hayden Lake, Idaho, which is not an easy place to get to.
In order to keep up in the competitive PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond) tooling supply market, one Indiana business stepped up their manufacturing to meet the challenge. With a strong commitment not only to its customers, but also its partners and dealers, this business has overcome considerable challenges to become the success story they are today.
Any manufacturer that runs its machining centers 24/7 for years at a time has to make the quality and durability of those units a high priority. But when jobs call for high torque at low rpms on one shift and precision of ±0.0005 at high speeds the next, finding a line of machining centers that can cover all of a shop’s needs becomes difficult. That’s the challenge K-Fab, Inc., a shop in Berwick, Pennsylvania, faced when it sought to replace its old machining centers to take advantage of new advances in technology. After a thorough review and comparison of units from several top manufacturers, the company chose Kitamura Machinery’s HX series of HMCs.