Sandvik bringing a competitive edge to component machining
Today, machine shops are constantly looking to minimize their machining time per component in order to increase productivity while combating increasing costs and competition to meet customer demands.
There is, however, only so much real machining time available and it is imperative that this is utilized to the full. Out of a total of 8,760 hours within a year, actual machining time can be as low as just 2,100 hour annually.
"All of this is quantifiable and at IMTS we are aiming to show visitors to our booth just how they really have an opportunity to maximize the available time by as much as 1.5 times," explained Christer Thorsson, Sandvik Global Product Manager, Hollow Bar.
Traditionally in the US, solid bar is the material of choice when it comes to machining components. However, when a central bore is being machined Sandvik argues that by selecting near-net-shape, machine optimized hollow bar machine shops could significantly increase their output.
"It is this material choice that so influences productivity and profitability of the machine shop. By direct, real time comparison from a Sandvik machining video it can be seen that in the time it takes to produce just one complete component from solid bar, three components can be produced from Sanmac® hollow bar," added Christer Thorsson.
Sandvik Materials Technology at IMTS 2014 Booth: W-1251