Modern Machine Shop

JAN 2017

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BETTER PRODUCTION Shops Using Technology machining centers or purchase expensive-to- operate gantry-type equipment to reach beyond that size limitation to 22-feet long, says Greg Britton, CEO of Fort Walton Machining. Not sat- isfied with either option, the company recently acquired an advanced profiling machine system from Mazak Corp. (Florence, Kentucky) that has enabled it to increase its size capabilities while remaining competitively priced. T he s hop, lo c ate d in For t Wa lton B e ac h, Florida, is a high-mix /low-volume supplier with lot sizes ranging from one to 500 parts. Eighty percent of these parts are made from aluminum, with tolerances ranging from 0.030 inch to as tight as 0.00005 inch. It also machines carbon The VHP 160 from Mazak Corp. enhanced the shop's cutting capabilities, helping it find its niche in terms of part processing. The machine's work envelope can accommodate about 70 percent of all the common large-size airframe and aerospace parts. Precision Workholding Technology New Rapid Change Power Chucks feature a patented jaw dsign where only the top jaw is changed, elimi- nating the investment in multiple sets of base jaws or expensive mono block jaws. Rapid Change™Jaw Chucks Fast Changeover, High Accuracy, MicroCentric Quick

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