Modern Machine Shop

OCT 2017

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118 MMS October 2017 mmsonline.com BETTER PRODUCTION Shops Using Technology STOLLEN MACHINE & TOOL CO. PROBLEM Uninsulated cables could not reliably transport CNC programs from the computer to the machines SOLUTION Six wireless RS232 units from Shop Floor Automations RESULTS 15 percent daily time savings Job Shop Cuts Cables to Save Time on Data Transfers I n a job shop, a factor that may seem trivial can have a big impact on overall production efficiency. For Doug Stollen, owner of Stollen Machine & Tool Before investing in the wireless data-transfer units seen here, Stollen Machine & Tool Co. was using cables to transfer CNC programs from a computer in the office to machines on the shop floor, but because the cables were not insulated, the programs were often partially transmitted or not transmitted at all. Co., that factor was the cable connection he used to transport CNC programs from his computer to the machines on his shop floor. When he realized how much time he was losing due to their unreli- ability, he invested in six wireless data-transfer systems from Shop Floor Automations (La Mesa, California). Mr. Stollen says this simple change has saved him 15 percent of his time per day. Stollen Machine & Tool Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey, is a fourth-generation, family-owned job shop that was founded in 1954. According to Mr. Stollen, the shop specializes in larger, more com- plex projects that cannot be sent overseas or done cheaply. He says the shop's products must

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