OptiFlow Inc.

Challenge: Efficient, high-volume production of precision parts

Machining Solution: Tsugami B0206, BE20, BE12, SS26 (2) CNC Lathes

Result: Single operation, one-minute cycle time parts that run unattended while maintaining tight tolerances

Location: Ann Arbor, MI


Read how the Tsugami Swiss Type CNC Lathes at OptiFlow have met their challenge, to produce a high volume of precision parts as quickly as possible...

Founded in 2003, OptiFlow Inc. is an OEM supplier that produces large volumes of milled and turned parts. Stephen Shubeck, an engineer for the company, is involved in product development and management of the Swiss turning department.

“Our machining challenge was similar to many other companies – produce a high volume of precision parts as quickly as possible,” explains Shubeck. He continues, “We were first introduced to Tsugami Swiss Type CNC Lathes while visiting a local machine tool dealer. Tsugami seemed to be the right match for the part we needed to produce, and it turned out to be true. We have seen a lot of growth and success because of that decision.”

Shubeck describes one example of a part for which they’ve experienced great results. He says, “The part is used for optical adjustment and is also a sealing component of an assembly. It is made from stainless steel and has an 80 pitch thread, clip groove, O-ring groove, two bearing surfaces, adjustment detents and a slotted head. Much of the tolerance for the part is only a few tenths, including the concentricity of the thread in relation to the bearing surfaces.”

He continues, “This is a difficult part in many aspects, and one that is perfect for our Tsugami CNC Lathes. We were able to maintain a -.0004” concentricity on the major diameter of a #8-80UNS thread, all while maintaining a short cycle time. The end result is a part that has one operation, a one minute cycle time, can run unattended for multiple hours and maintain tight tolerances.”

“Shubeck notes, “We’ve always had a positive experience working with Tsugami, from sales to service. Our regional sales manager is always honest about what he’s selling and takes an interest in our goals we are trying to meet. Even after the sale, he continues to offer his support and knowledge. Service is also outstanding. The support staff is easy to reach, and they know how valuable machine time is. They stay committed until the issue is resolved.”

He concludes, “I would absolutely recommend Tsugami CNC Machine Tools. Their lathes have unparalleled capability, plus the sales and service to back it up.”

For more information about Optiflow Inc., please visit their website at www.optiflowinc.com.