Makers of high-volume machining centers find ways to improve production time without sacrificing uptime.
Senior Technical Editor, Automotive Design & Production
Heller is working on productionizing what it calls “CBC”—Cylinder Bore Coating.
Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Coda Automotive Inc., which had planned to launch an all-electric sedan in December, now says the car won't arrive until the second half of 2011.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Coda Automotive Inc. says it aims to build a new management team with deep manufacturing, marketing and sales experience after a management shakeup on the eve of launching its first model.
Heller Machine Tools and Voith, a Germany-based transmission manufacturer, have developed a process that permits the pre-milling and milling operations to produce bevel gears and gear components on a five-axis machining center rather than on a dedicated gear-making machine.To produce gears, they start with the drawing of the part.
If you’re looking at running medium to high-volumes of powertrain components and don’t want to be stuck with an expensive monument when part requirements change, you might consider this new approach to flexible systems engineered by Heller.
If there is one problem facing the auto industry these days it’s this: Transitioning from a rigid, high-volume production mindset to one that profitably can produce small lots while supporting a full vehicle lineup.
Here are some new developments that you may find to be important for your machining operations.
Retrofitting by design can maximize machining center value.
Heller Machine Tools (www.heller-machines.com; Troy, MI) is offering a new lineup of machines for heavy-duty crankshaft milling, the RFK series, which are available in two types: for external or internal cutting.
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Although people often talk about the flexibility of machining centers, one aspect that shouldn't be overlooked is that some of them offer the ability to go fast. Here are some of them. None are particularly exotic, but they surely can be productive.
Although there is an increased use of non-metallic materials in cars and components, there are still plenty of steel, cast iron, alloys, aluminum, magnesium, and other metals being transformed into parts on the one hand and chips on the other. Here's an array of equipment that can help make metal removal fast, accurate andefficient.
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