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SEP 2018

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MMS SEPTEMBER 2018 72 FIVE-A XIS MACHINING Shop Works to Get the Most Out of Its Five-Axis Capabilities Vertical machining centers with rotary tables helped this Indiana job shop set itself apart, but specific machine features and additional equipment have helped it use them more efficiently to grow its business. "We're a family business that's evolved tremendously," says Van Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing at GCG Industries. Much of the Fort Wayne, Indiana, job shop's evolution has occurred in the past four years, after it purchased an Okuma CNC vertical machining center (VMC) with a rotary table to add five-axis machining capabilities. Since then, the shop has experienced cascading successes, which it attributes to this machine, along with specific machine components and additional equipment, such as new tooling, quick-change workholding devices and on-machine part and JULIA HIDER | ASSISTANT EDITOR Van Gardner's father Terry founded GCG Industries 30 years ago. The shop focuses on short runs (50-75 pieces) of small parts (a three- inch cube would be considered a large part, depending on the material) for accounts in a range of industries, including medical, aerospace, agriculture and RV.

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