Having built its reputation in high-volume precision pressing, Quality Engineered Products took the decision eight years ago to move into the competitive world of sub-contract precision machining. The company, based in Cinderford (UK), started out with vertical machining centres and CNC lathes. Then, in 2015, a major investment in state-of-the-art machine tools provided the opportunity to fully exploit technology and make significant gains.
Maximise the potential
While it is all very well having the latest machine tools, such as Quality Engineered Products' (QEP) recently installed Mazak Nexus III Series horizontal machining centre and Mazak Integrex i-200 multi-tasking machine, maximising their efficiency requires more detailed development of the machining process. Having won a major contract to machine a range of sand-cast aluminium parts for its customer Cannop Foundry, the time was right for QEP to maximise the potential of its Renishaw probing systems.
QEP was already familiar with probing, having used it on its vertical machining centres (VMCs) for the past four years. Manufacturing Director, Dave Marfell, was looking to take its application to new levels and use Renishaw probing not only for tool setting, but for part alignment before machining and in-process gauging. The time savings that this would generate equate to almost 20 weeks of production annually.
“We recognised the potential of the Renishaw probes very early on and have invested in the systems and the associated process controls to ensure that we are able to deliver a controlled and quantifiable capability to our customers,” says Dave Marfell. “We now see probing as an integral part of our manufacturing process and while some people may see in-process gauging as lost time on a machine, we look beyond that and see massive benefits for our business and we are reaping the rewards. We sometimes forget how difficult life was without probing.”
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