Modern Machine Shop

NOV 2017

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98 MMS November 2017 BETTER PRODUCTION Shops Using Technology E D ITO R E M I LY PRO B S T, e p r o b s t @ m m s o n l i n e.c o m M aximizing machine uptime, and therefore profitability, requires contract manufactur- ers to set up par ts quickly and machine them accurately. But experiencing errors, or a spindle or tool crash, can quickly turn a profitable job into a loss. Kurt Manufacturing of Minneapolis, Min- nesota, learned how to prevent these problems and balance speed with accuracy by using simu- lation sof tware from Spring Technologies Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts) to verify a program's performance before machining. Simulation Software Helps Shop See, Prevent Costly Errors Kurt provides a range of services, including contract machining, aluminum die casting, screw machining, welding, fabrication and assembly, as well as automation systems engineering. The company also manufactures its own product lines, including the Kurt Workholding Solutions line of vises and workholding fixtures. Using three-, four- and five-a xis machining technology in its contract work, the company produces prototype, low-volume and production quantities in short lead times to customers in a Simulation software, such as NCSimul from Spring Technologies, can help job shops prevent costly spindle and tool crashes. KURT MANUFACTURING PROBLEM Needed to validate CNC pro- grams for large, expensive precision parts SOLUTION NCSimul Machine simulation software from Spring Technologies Inc. RESULTS Saved setup time, reduced machining errors, produced accurate parts quickly

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