Seeking a less-expensive VMC, K&G Manufacturing decided on a package consisting of a VF3SSYT VMC from Haas Automation (Oxnard, California) and a A4025SD APC with cast-aluminum pallets from Midaco (Elk Grove Village, Illinois). Since installation, the system has been used to run both low- and tight-tolerance work as well as both aerospace and non-aerospace parts—in some cases even faster than the HMCs, Mr. Turek says. As an example, he cites a three-minute cycle time improvement on the aforementioned circuit board components. As for the lower cost of this system versus another HMC, “That type of savings is huge in helping us stay competitive.”

- Dean Turek, Production Supervisor
K&G Manufacturing, Faribault MI

Modern Machine Shop Magazine August 2012

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