|Customer:||Renowned Formula 1 Team|
Machine tool diagnostics are an essential step when ensuring your machine tool is running at full capability. Completed daily or weekly, these checks ensure your machine tool is running at the tolerances required for accurate parts.
We were called in by a renowned F1 / Motorsport group after they had experienced a series of costly errors which they believed were caused by their fixturing or production process. They were suffering from inconsistency and part to part variation which was playing havoc with their tight deadlines and could not see a solution that was easy to integrate into their existing process. NC-Checker’s machine tool diagnostics were suggested.
We conducted a site visit and through the use of a benchmark report, identified that it was their machine tool’s integrity that was at fault. We were able to create a report that evidenced where the machine was drifting out of tolerance so that they could work effectively with the Service Engineers to restore the machine’s capability. The customer has introduced a quality standard against all of their 5-axis machine tools that a regular benchmark (weekly in this instance) will support to ensure that part to part variation is eliminated.
With the use of machine diagnostics, our customer has the peace of mind and a defined process where they can accurately determine if their machine’s performance is deteriorating. A resulting benefit has allowed them to create a system to predict maintenance which has resulted in a further cost saving as they are no longer reactive to emergency machine down-time.