Introducing “Lights out” Production Machining
With Our New Matsuura H.Plus-300 PC11
“Lights out” CNC machining is a process that involves the use of technology to remove the need for continuous operator attention. Some machines can run unattended for several hours overnight or some for a full weekend.
In a machine shop, lights-out manufacturing often means adding multi-pallet system technology to a machine to make it possible to run unattended without a machinist being present. Although it may sound like a simple concept, lights-out manufacturing involves extensive planning, the best equipment, experienced machinists and a commitment to quality to reap any benefits.
We are able to provide our customers with shorter lead times and even more competitive pricing because of our investment in lights-out technology. This allows us to manufacture parts even when we’re not here.
On the CNC milling side, we can machine for up to 14 hours unattended depending on the part that we are making. Our multi-pallet machines include amazing technology from and Makino and Matsuura.
Our newest machine, the Matsuura H.Plus-300 is perfect for lights-out machining. With an 11-pallet changer system and the largest work envelope in its class, the H.Plus 300 delivers high speed cutting and accuracy.
Our CNC Swiss screw machines already have 12 foot bar feeders on them that have allowed us to run parts when no one is at the machine. These machines are made by DMG Mori.
With more and more American manufacturers coming to us to make their parts, we will continue to invest in technology to help them be competitive in the marketplace.