There are few places where the old phrase “time is money” is more accurate than on the shop floor. The good news is you don’t have to reorganize your shop, reinvent your processes or invest in expensive machinery to eliminate hidden inefficiencies. Check out our guide for hours of time-saving suggestions that you can start implementing today.
When it comes to securely and accurately situating material on a machine table, there’s often more than one way to get the job done. With that in mind, consider these fundamental factors before purchasing new workholding.
Workholding plays a critical role in the metalworking equipment equation. Chuck condition is becoming even more important in multi-axis machining where additional angles and motion can amplify problems.
Charlie Mitchell, machinist for Andretti Autosport, spent up to eight hours setting up his five-axis machine with 10 tools to run 30 to 40 different processes on a part. Using UNILOCK pallets, set-ups times are 70 to 80 percent shorter.