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Lean time opportunities: precision-parts manufacturer finds two lathes cut setup time to 1 hour.

High volume work has been a staple of operations such as Bryco Machine of Tinley Park, IL, but President Bryon Bettinardi decided he needed to expand his capabilities. More customers were insisting on short run and prototype work in conjunction with the high volume work he was already doing.

Trying to do low volumes on his production machines with four- to eight-hour setup times was not productive. However, Bettindari didn't want to lose these opportunities, especially now.

Bryco Machine is a 20-year-old modern-day operation specializing in CNC turning. It's built a reputation as a supplier of precision-turned parts for industries including electronics, hydraulics, wireless communications, medical and dental, fluid powers, fiber optics, and defense.

Bryco manufactures complex parts that require up-to-date equipment and high-level expertise in machining. The company provides both short- and long-production runs with prototyping capabilities under the same roof as the production environment.

Bettinardi purchased a Hurco BMC30 for secondary operations and found that not only was it fast and easy to program, it was also a productive, accurate, and reliable machine. When Hurco announced its new line of 2-axis lathes, it was just at the time Bettinardi needed to do something to solve his short-run production problems.

As Bettinardi studied his short-run work, he realized there would be benefits from two small lathes, and purchased two Hurco TM6 CNC slant-bed lathes. One machine would be equipped with a bar feeder and run low- to medium-volume jobs using the same quality bar stock that was being used on his production machines.

The other TM6 would be used as a chucker or with a bar puller for those jobs in which a bar feeder would not be utilized fully.

With conversational programming and verification graphics, programming and setup time was reduced to less than an hour between jobs.

Operators of the Hurco TM6 said they appreciates the quick setup times and the unique verification graphics that allow them to see the cuts made on the control before they are actually made. This feature has significantly reduced programming times by two to three hours.


Bettinardi said he believes machine stoppages will soon be a thing of the past. Secondary operations are done on the Hurco BMC30. He noted he has also been pleased with the investment. The lathes are producing high-quality, accurate parts with close to the same efficiency as his production machines.

With the fast turnaround times now possible via the Hurco CNC milling and turning cell, short run jobs are now a new profit center for Bryco Machine.

Hurco Companies Inc.
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Title Annotation:CNC turning
Publication:Tooling & Production
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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