BDE Manufacturing Technologies was manufacturing subassembly components for a US based computer and printer manufacturer, with sizes ranging from miniature to 72″. BDE supplied parts for 18 months when the contract went up for rebid. In order to compete with overseas suppliers and a competitor with inside knowledge of BDE’S production processes, BDE was challenged to find new ways to cut costs.
After researching their current productivity factors, BDE found higher than necessary unit costs due to underutilized machining capabilities. Toolpath generation was pinpointed as the weakest link in the production chain. The VoluMill software package was reputed to replace traditional roughing toolpath engines for increased machine utilization. BDE tested the software, programming a difficult part using the VoluMill and a popular CAD/CAM package. The VoluMill outperformed the traditional method, programming the part in half the time as the CAD/CAM software.
The shop utilized their oldest piece of equipment to produce 10 parts out of 304 stainless steel in an impressive 13 minutes at the speed of 530 sfm. Utilizing VoluMill, BDE Manufacturing Technologies was able to cut costs by 35%. The adjusted bid was submitted and BDE retained the contract. The employing of VoluMill for all applications has resulted in an average 50% cycle time reduction and increased tool life. Programming time has also been reduced by 33%.For more information about this toolpath improvement or the manufacturing services available please contact BDE Manufacturing Technologies directly