Machining Accelerated; PartsBadger Continues Expansion Plan for Domestic Production Capacity
PartsBadger has continued its domestic CNC machining growth plan by adding 3 additional milling centers to the machine lineup in their Cedarburg, WI facility. This addition increases the capacity for 3rd, 4th, and 5th axis machining output.
We then sit down and weigh out the options. Large machine = slower rapid times but more capabilities of increased table utilization. Smaller machines = faster rapids and less distance to travel. Due to the maximization of our current processes we know that the majority of our parts are smaller and require multiple setups if done traditionally. So obviously we were looking for fast travel, short distances and the capabilities of connecting a 5th axis or 4th axis to accommodate for all the extra setups.
After careful deliberation we decided that the VF2SS and the VF2SSYT and their 30x16x20 and 30x24x20 travels were sufficient as long as we had the capabilities to add an indexer or trunion to the mix, giving us the shorter distance and faster rapid but also allowing us to use the trunion to limit the need for the extra table size.We now have the capabilities to have our operators running our production runs as well as running an additional longer run part at the same time due to the extra machines. This also allows us to have machines at the ready when prototyping needs arise and spend much less time setting them up without disrupting the flow of production.
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