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Readouts improve press building.

Readouts improve press building Mark Andy Inc, Chesterfield, MO, produces flexographic web converting presses for printing labels and packaging for food and medical supplies. According to David Knickmeyer, machine-shop supervisor, "We've had to get more sophisticated in terms of production to keep pace with the increased sophistication of our presses." He credits as a key factor in their recent success their use of Turnvision vision readouts (VROs) from Acu-Rite Inc, Jamestown, NY on their manual lathes.

What's the difference between traditional digital readouts (DROs) and a VRO? VROs are not just passive displays of data, but compact data processors that store and manipulate critical information. The Turnvision's memory, for example, accommodates presets of up to eight individual part programs and 24 tool offsets, and automatically calculates tapers, vectors, and spindle speeds. It also performs inch-to-metric conversions, and provides approaching-zero warnings and machine-error compensation.

The vision aspect is very important. The CRT screen provides for flexibility in configuring information. The operator can choose between two display modes for axis-position information, and have several choices for formatting the information within each mode. One mode can display all axes to full resolution, while the other, only those axes the machinist needs and only to the resolution required. This saves the operator time by not having to view unneeded information.

"Being able to just dial up the part programs we need is extremely helpful," notes Knickmeyer. "We have VROs on three of our manual lathes, doing production work. Our operators no longer have to figure out diameters and lengths with pencil and paper. They can call up the information on screen, and go right to these dimensions or lengths. This speeds production by reducing non-machining time, and also prevents errors. Turnvision also figures out cutting speeds for different types of material, and when calculations are necessary, you do them on a built-in calculator. We've found it to be a very cost-effective way of increasing productivity and part quality."
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Title Annotation:visual readouts equipment for manual lathe
Publication:Tooling & Production
Article Type:product announcement
Date:Jul 1, 1989
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