We were contacted by a precision CNC machining company who were experiencing complicated, time-consuming processes. They were machining composite parts involving multiple setups. Despite all efforts, the counterbores that were being drilled did not line up during assembly. This was a big problem as they were wasting time and money machining parts they could not use.
The fixture changeover and setup are critical to the company’s production scheduling, therefore they had to find a way to streamline their existing process.
After a detailed study, we designed a new process that seamlessly integrated with the customer’s existing methods. NC-PerfectPart was used to accurately identify the part’s actual location, once it had been placed in the machine fixture. It then identified the part’s surface to ensure the drill holes met the required depth and absolute tolerances.
We were able to orientate and clamp the part, allowing all the machining operations to be completed in one setting. We were also able to compensate for any twist in the material.
Not only has NC-PerfectPart reduced the setup time, it has removed the need for manual intervention, the requirement for complex fixtures and multiple machine setups.
Since our customer began using NC-PerfectPart, they have seen a threefold reduction in the time taken to produce the part from the initial estimate. The process is now producing parts not only in a timely manner but also on a consistent basis.