Meyer Tool adds another Precision Machine Tool
Reducing Project Risk requires a commitment to upgrading and improving the tools we use to manufacture our customer’s projects. The need to do more work and be more productive with less human resources requires the leveraging of technology. The challenges of machining either a single unit or multiple units in a cost-effective manner requires investment in precision machine tools with advanced controls. These advanced controls allow Meyer Tool’s programmers to seamlessly integrate our CAD and CAM software. New machine tool technology, like the HURCO VMX24i 3 axis machining center we installed in February 2022, also allows us to be more responsive to the new paradigm in customer prints, minimum dimensioned drawings with 3D models.
The new CNC mill has a travel of 24” x 24” x 24” and a Cat-40 30-tool changer. A fully programable HURCO H160 160 mm rotary table is integrated with the mill to give 4th axis capability. The rotary table can be horizontally or vertically mounted. Already up and running in less than a month, the first parts off the machine were the thirteen aluminum rings for Fermilab pictured in the photo seen below.
Being American built and locally available, Hurco was able to deliver in a short order cycle. In just a few weeks our machining team has integrated the new mill and made it a productive member of our machine shop. The new mill’s specifications, especially the control features, are ideal for the lower volume (10-100) part counts of precision cryogenic components, such as the Ring, 35K-50K for Fermilab, and the similar types of precision components that are used in the weldments and assemblies we manufacture in support of both our research and development and OEM customers. This investment in the latest in CNC technology reduces production bottlenecks by increasing capacity both through the addition of the mill itself, but also by decreasing programming and set up time.
But it is not just about new technology, training the next generation of our workforce to meet the manufacturing challenges of the present and the future is fundamental to supporting our customers and Reducing Project Risk.
Whether for a cryogenic cryostat component, the side wall of a rectangular vacuum vessel, or the penetrations in the head of and ASME pressure vessel shell, this mill will enhance and improve Meyer Tools' productivity.
Determining how new equipment investments can increase productivity, reduce lead times, and improve product quality are all aspects of how we apply our Reduce Project Risk Process to our own requirements. Meyer Tool has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing cutting-edge components and assemblies. Our experience spans a wide range of materials, processes, and project sizes. Whether you’re building a single prototype or need production manufacturing support for your unique components, Meyer Tool’s engineering and manufacturing team approaches each challenge using our Reduce Project Risk Process to support your needs.
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Meyer Tool’s new CNC Mill producing production parts just a few weeks after delivery.