After an unexpected win of a large production job, BDE Manufacturing Technologies set about changing their production methodology from prototyping and short run product development to machining for mature production. In answer to increased demand, the shop relocated to a larger facility and added additional CNC machinery. Budget constraints did not allow for a complete crossover to production-oriented machinery all at once. BDE Manufacturing Technologies modified the usage of existing vertical centers, making changes to cycle time, cutting tool designs, and toolpath choices to increase the effectiveness of this machinery for recurring production. The shop’s other tools were also re-imagined for improved efficiency. The changes resulted in a finished part being machined with each cycle.
The full upgrade to production machinery was completed and the shop tool control system was overhauled to the new “Future Tool System”.This restructuring allowed for increased productivity and organization. The production job that spurred the changes dwindled in requested work,but the altered business model is right for the future of BDE Manufacturing Technologies. Systemized production is a more viable vision for the company’s future, positioning them to take advantage of new work opportunities.This system also provides an effective training environment for new workers without any decline in quality.
For more information on this company restructuring or any of the manufacturing capabilities available please contact BDE Manufacturing Technologies directly.