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BETTER PRODUCTION MMS SEPTEMBER 2018 116 mmsonline.com TOOLING FOR MILLING In 2014, brothers Mitch and Brian Olson started Olson Custom Designs (OCD), based in Pittsboro, Indiana. Although they had extensive back- grounds in both motorsports racing and fabrication, neither had much experience with CNC machines prior to starting the company. So, because CNC machining is the backbone of OCD's custom machining and fabri- cation operation, investments in the right machines were of vital impor- tance to the family-owned job shop, which services myriad industrial markets including aerospace, medical, motorsports and agricultural. The Olsons purchased two vertical machining centers from Haas Auto- mation: a VF-4 Profile and a VF-2YT Profile. The VF-4 provides a machin- ing area of 50 by 20 by 25 inches, with a vector drive of either 30 hp or 22.4 kW, and a spindle speed of 15,000 rpm. It is equipped with an inline direct drive and a 40-station carousel toolchanger. The VF-2YT provides a machining area of 30 by 20 by 20 inches, with an 8,100-rpm spindle, internal coolant system, direct drive and a 20-station toolchanger. "We needed to invest in machines that we could push to the limit on every job," Mitch Olson says. "Using the most modern methods would With Retention Knobs, Shop Sets Sights on Aerospace Machining COMPANY: Olson Custom Designs PROBLEM: V-flange toolholders did not make full contact with 40-taper spindle surface SOLUTION: High-torque retention knobs from JM Performance Products RESULTS: Increased accuracy opened the door for pursuit of aerospace quality certification EDITED BY JEDD COLE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR Olson Custom Designs (OCD) is moving from this 5,000-square-foot shop to a 24,000-square-foot facility as it expands to accommodate more aerospace work. The shop uses JM Performance Products' (JMPP) high-torque retention knobs on all of its 40-taper machining centers in order to achieve the accuracy required for aerospace quality standards.

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