An Authority on Turning Lathes
Designed with Excellence in Mind
Design services begin with a careful review of the drawings and the part to be machined. A quote is prepared with an eye toward cost savings and speed of production.
Simple things can make the difference. A feature that requires an additional operation might be changed so a production step can be eliminated to reduce the cost.
Common flaws in tolerances and complex design decisions are handled with ease, saving time and money.
Design services include:
- Reviewing the drawing for materials, tolerances, how long it will take to machine.
- Attention to detail in preparing and crafting each part.
- Solving problems for our customers who have built-in design challenges.
- Advising customers upfront what can and cannot be done in machining their part.
- Listening and responding to each customer’s individual needs
- Finding the best design, efficient and cost-effective solution
The Right Tool for Every Job
Lower Cost per Part
Lower operating costs and power usage
More up-spindle time for higher output
24/7 operating efficiencies
Is Lights Out Right for Your Part?
Before choosing to run a job using lights out operation, the materials, tolerances and tools are checked to be sure lights out is right for your part. This evaluation includes:
- The right type of material – brass, aluminum, stainless, some plastics work well. That means they don’t wrap around the tube or the spindle which can cause hang ups, crashes, or broken tools.
- Balancing the costs of the materials against the efficiencies gained.
- Evaluating the tolerances. It is important to know if the tolerances are right for lights out.
- Knowing the tools. Knowing how long the tool will last and where the problems are in advance so the tool can be changed when necessary.
- Watching the job run first to evaluate the job before choosing to go lights out
- Starting with a clean bin and spot check the bin at the end of lights out.
Lights out operation is a core part of AB CNC’s high production facility. Today 30 percent of AB CNC jobs are lights out with more to come.