Advance Increases its 5-Axis Machining Capabilities

Advance CNC Machining recently installed a 2nd 5-axis CNC machine, another DMG Mori DMU 50 Mill, and we are really excited about our expanded capabilities! Five axis machining is perfect for industries that require parts with high precision and often complex shapes. Parts such as impellers, propellers and turbines are a really great fit for our newest machine.

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The U.S. Manufacturing Skills Gap

 

Although the most recent reports relating to job openings and labor turnover show a 15-year high in job openings across the United States, small business surveys indicate problems finding quality labor.  In fact, small businesses show pre-recession levels of unfilled job openings.  This mismatch between the skills of available workers and skills that manufacturers demand is what is frequently referred to as the U.S. skills gap.

 

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Matsuura H.Plus-300 PC11

Lights Out Production Machining

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.

 

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Now Featured in Production Machining Magazine!

Advance CNC Machining has been featured in an article entitled “Adding Swiss to the Machining Mix” in the December issue of Production Machining Magazine.  We had the opportunity to share our experiences about expanding our operational variety by adding Swiss-type machining capabilities to our horizontal and vertical machining options.

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In 2012 Advance CNC Machining’s VP of Manufacturing, Kyle Dunaway, took a trip to IMTS and fell in love with a CNC Swiss-type machine.  Two years and four DMG Mori Swiss machines later, Swiss machining has come to represent 40% of our business.  Advance has committed to continuing to advance this capability by using cutting edge technology and sending our staff out for expert training at the DMG Training Academy in Chicago.

The addition of Swiss machines has allowed Advance CNC Machining to shorten cycle times and increase value for customers who require small or intricate parts with tight tolerances.

Production Machining, the leading journal in the precision turned parts industry, is Gardner Business Media’s monthly business to business magazine with over 20,600 print subscribers. The publication is distributed to management, engineering, quality control and purchasing personnel in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas. It produces content on new product technology, operational best practices, market intelligence and industry news.

We are excited to have been featured in Production Machining Magazine and to be recognized for our developing experience in Swiss and micromachining.  You can read the full article in the December issue of Production Machining magazine or by clicking here.  Or give us a call to request your own copy.

 

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Advance CNC Machining – Implementing your Kanban system

A Kanban system is a scheduling system that is often used in JIT and lean production.

[blockquote author=”” link=”” link_title=”” target=””]The word Kanban is a Japanese word meaning “signboard”.[/blockquote]

The system was developed by Toyota to improve and maintain high levels of production.  Operators use a visual signal, or Kanban card, to determine how many parts to run, when to stop or when to change production to a different part.  This Kanban card signals that there is a depletion of a specific part within a manufacturing or production facility or that an outside supplier needs to replenish the predetermined stock of the part.  A Kanban system aims to replace forecasted usage with actual usage to reduce and theoretically eliminate work-in-progress material and inventory.  This continuous process also minimizes distractions and disruptions during a production process.

An example of how Advance CNC Machining works with original equipment manufacturers that use a Kanban system might involve a “three bin system”, each with a Kanban card.  One bin would be on the customer’s factory floor, one bin would be in the factory’s inventory and one bin would be in Advance’s inventory.  When the factory floor bin becomes empty it is replaced with the full bin in the factory’s inventory.  The empty bin is then sent to Advance which signals us to send back a full bin and start production on the next predetermined quantity of parts.  Essentially, consumption drives the demand for more production.

A Kanban system can minimize your lead time and inventories so you have stock of parts only when required and in the needed quantity.  One of the great things about a Kanban system is the ability to continuously deliver products while continuously improving the process. There are many advantages to using a kanban system as a way to manage work, including:

  • Flexibility
  • Improved cash flow
  • Focus on continuous delivery
  • Reduction of wasted work and time
  • Increased productivity & efficiency
  • Team members’ ability to focus

 

Advance CNC Machining can work with you to offer forward planning, production management services to support your Kanban, JIT and lean programs.  Contact us to discuss your inventory management needs.

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