Machine Spotlight: Broaching

135162095What is broaching?
Broaching is a machining process that uses a broach, a toothed tool, to remove material. This can happen with a linear broach or a rotary broach, however linear broaches are more common and used in broaching machines.

When is broaching used?
When precision-machining is required or when odd shapes need to be created, broaching is used for high-quality production.

What does a broach look like?
A broach resembles a saw and contains three sections: one for roughing; one for semi-finishing; and one for finishing. Because all of these sections are built into the broach, no complex or skilled labor is required to use the machine.

When does broaching work best?
Softer materials are more conducive for the broaching process. These materials include: brass, copper alloys, bronze, aluminum, hard rubbers, wood, plastic, composites, and more.

 

What do you use the broaching machining process for?

Machine Spotlight: Hobbing

Have you ever heard of “hobbing?” This process is very important to us at Standby Screw as it is most well-known for cutting gears. It is an accurate and relatively inexpensive cutting process. Here’s what else this process and the hobbing machine can accomplish:

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-Cutting Splines

-Cutting Sprockets

-Creates Spur & Helical Gears

 

Today, these machines are referred to as “hobbers” and are fully-automated and come in different sizes because they can produce anything from tiny to very large gears.

Machine Spotlight: Marand Spline Roller

Photo Credit: Anderson-Cook
Photo Credit: Anderson-Cook

Let’s start with the basic question you may be asking yourself before you read about this machine: What exactly is spline rolling?

Spline rolling is an efficient, cost and time-saving process for generating complex geometric shapes into metal parts.

The process utilizes paired racks mounted into the spline rolling machine and “rolls” the complex shapes into cold, metal parts. The best part about the process? It takes no more than 15 seconds to produce parts.

Want to know more about these different spline rolling machines? Visit Anderson-Cook, here.

Machine Spotlight: CNC Lathes

Photo Provided By: Hurco
Photo Provided By: Hurco

The goal in using CNC lathes is to maximize customer profitability and this is done through the advanced technology that allows you to choose the best programming method for each individual job.

The general purpose of these turning centers is to provide an easy transition from manual turning and milling and the latest technology has allowed for these machines to go above and beyond that standard.

The latest models have a larger memory capacity, a faster processor, and more efficient controls that will get you from print to part much faster.

To check out some of the latest technological breakthroughs with these machines, visit Hurco’s site.

Machine Spotlight: Citizen CNC Turning Machines

164147200 (2)Did you know that Citizen machines are the most widely accepted Swiss-type CNC turning machines in the world?

What we, at Standby Screw, love about these machines is that they can produce an extensive variety of products.  From electronics, fiber optics, automobiles, tools, valves, and fasteners, the sliding headstock technology paired with a guide that offers an extra point of material support for an efficient machining process.

These turning centers are able to eliminate material vibration and harmonics in order to provide precise machining.  Citizen turning machines are ideal for producing simple and complex parts that require multiple operations!

Machine Spotlight: Hydromat Rotary & In-Line

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Photo credit: engineeringcapacity.com

Did you know that the basic principle of hydromat machines stays the same, whether it is a rotary or in-line machine?

The modular designs of these hydromat machines are simple, flexible, and efficient and the result is efficient, high production of high quality products. The great part about these machines is that they reduce downtime and that there are no secondary operations that will come at a high cost.

Hydromat machines come as a complete turnkey system that are available in different sizes and equipped with different amounts of stations.  Hydromat machines can perform:

-drilling, cross drilling

-boring

-turning

-milling

-external and internal recessing

-threading

-tapping

-broaching & more!

 

These machines are extremely efficient and assist our operations at Standby Screw, greatly!

Machine Spotlight: Brown & Sharpe Single Spindle Screw Machine

478337607 (2)Whether there is a need for a single piece or high volume production, the Brown & Sharpe single spindle screw machine will get the job done. It is a high-speed machine that makes production much more efficient!

Brown & Sharpe screw machines have been a cornerstone of American manufacturing for many decades, as they are known to be a best production solution for many turned bar products.

To see this machine in action, watch here.

Machine of the Week: Acme Multi-Spindle Screw Machine

screw-machineAt Standby Screw, we use a variety of machines that make our operations just that much more efficient. The machine we’d like to tell you about this week is the Acme Multi-Spindle Screw Machine. Here are some important features of the machine and how it operates!

-Used to mass produce large quantities of precision turned parts with a very short cycle time

-Operates by progressive and simultaneous machining on all spindles with multiple tools

-For example, bar machines feed our the bar stock to the proper length, tools advance into the work piece at the proper feed rate and properly retract when work is complete

These types of operations can be accomplished with the Acme Multi-Spindle Screw Machine:

-ID & OD Threading

-Accelerated Reaming

-Hi-speed drilling

-Cross drilling

-Slotting

-Milling flats

-Stamping

-Broaching

-& more!

Watch this video to see how the machine in action!

Welcome Our Newest Addition: A Second Robot Cell

We are happy to announce that we have added a second robot cell to our plant! This second cell is very useful as it combines with some types of inspections systems that can monitor dimensional variances.  These systems then give immediate feedback on the process being performed.

Adding this second robot cell makes the detection of potential quality issues much greater and minimizes scrap. Our primary use of robots is to load/unload machines and the transfer of parts within a machining cell.

Why are these robots so productive and useful? :

-Robots produce accurate and high quality work

-Robots rarely make mistakes and are very precise

-They can produce a greater quantity in a short amount of time

-They can work at a constant speed with no breaks, days off, or holiday time

-They can perform applications with more repeatability than humans

-Robots save time by being able to produce a greater magnitude of products

-They also reduce the amount of wasted material used due to their accuracy

-Robots save companies money in the long run with quick return on investment, fewer worker injuries

(reducing or eliminating worker’s comp), and with using less materials.

 

173260228 (2)We also appreciate the fact that robots keep operations running more smoothly and much more safely for plant workers. They take over dangerous, heavy-lifting, and hazardous tasks in any environment. Standby Screw is excited to be able to put this second robot cell to helpful, efficient use!

Standby Screw Breaks Into the Hydraulic Hose Industry

For the first time in our company’s existence, we are providing parts for the hydraulic hose industry. We are excited to share this news, as hydraulic hose fittings are new parts we are manufacturing.  We will be dedicating 4-5 machines for this process at our Ohio facility.

453439427 (2)The hose and tubing industry covers many applications and a variety of materials are used for hose and tubing manufacturing, such as rubber, stainless steel thermoplastic, or fluoropolymer. In every case where the hose and tubing industry is prevalent, the job requires that the product keep the environment safe.

At Standby Screw, we are dedicated to manufacturing safe, high-quality parts and we are anxious to see where this new venture will lead us. Stay tuned!