21st October 2011
With the inexorable shift to digital data and electronic communication the whole process of enquiry, quotation, order placement & fulfilment has been significantly foreshortened. CAD Data models are now the common currency of manufacturing and the ability to accept component dimensional & geometrical information in the more common digital formats, e.g. DXF, IGES, STEP, Parasolids, Solidworks or CATIA, is an essential part of both the tendering and production process.
Efficiently translating complex form and precise size to an optimised cutting path during manufacture is the primary function of a good CAM system. However, as it can also determine the time & resource requirements it is now often introduced at the quotation stage to effect accurate pricing and, in conjunction with the MRP system a realisable delivery.
A good system must ensure that close geometric tolerances can be readily attained and that the required surface finishes are achieved. Moreover, being able to utilise the PMI embedded within the CAD data Model to generate the most efficient CNC programmes is a definite benefit to both us and our customers. Outputting reliable NC code which requires little or no optimisation, especially for 5 axis
programmes, is a demanding task and is why we use the Lemoine-RTM software to meet our challenging CAM requirements.
We now have five stations in operation, having added another seat this year so that we can adequately support the increased machining capacity .