Modern Machine Shop

OCT 2018

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BETTER PRODUCTION Pneumatic Tapping Arms machine. Even with its rigid tapping capabilities, the time required to program the machine, put a tap in, touch it off and switch parts was too great. The process of tapping on a milling machine also requires the spindle to slow down, come to a complete stop at depth and reverse back out of the holes, in addition to the time needed to change tool heads and reposition the part. On parts with multiple holes, each additional hole slows down production. With the FlexArm, Mr. Little drills the holes on the CNC, takes the part out and replaces it with a new part for drilling. While the new part is in the machine, the drilled part receives tapping. Tapping off line moves each part through the process more quickly and makes the most of operator time. Little Enterprises is a family company with employees that include founder Rob Little, along with his father, wife, 12-year-old daughter and 13-year- old son, seen here using the FlexArm to tap holes on a component.

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