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Precision Metal Products – Adding Swiss Machining to the Production Mix

Challenge: A huge project immerged and the need for more machines became evident.

Machining Solution: BE20

Result: Ability to perform all of the operations necessary to make the volumes and variety of the part package in a single handling.

Location: Holland, MI

“However, the package got too big to process as quoted (a nice problem to have), so I had one of my employees attend IMTS to look at alternatives,” Mr. Drooger says. “This was IMTS 2010. My employees brought prints of the parts we needed to make and visited various builders at the show. The consensus was the part would run well on a Swiss machine.”

Mr. Drooger’s employees made the rounds of the builders at the show and ended up soliciting time studies and quotes from three Swiss builders. Precision Metal ran the time studies by the customer and was able to win the entire package. “When it was all said and done, we decided to go with Tsugami and purchased a model BE 20,” Mr. Drooger says.

According to Mr. Drooger, the closer for selecting a CNC Swisstype was the machine’s ability to perform all of the operations necessary to make the volumes and variety of the part package in a  single handling. The parts require some drilling, some tapping, a gear hopping operation on lead screw stock. The original quote required multiple operations and part handling while the Swiss-type machine could process the part complete and allow for unattended or lightly attended operations.

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