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From military helicopters and fighter jets to commercial aircraft, there is a high demand for the aerospace manufacturing expertise found at Seyer Industries. To keep pace with vast amounts of production, the company relies heavily on the advanced capabilities of Mastercam software, through it’s partnership with QTE Manufacturing Solutions.
According to Mark Seyer, vice president of manufacturing. “Competing for flight parts is a high-risk, high-reward venture because of the heavy investment required in advanced CNC equipment and product development man-hours that are essential to obtaining significant contracts.”
Customers continually present Seyer with new materials, more difficult shapes, and thinner walls that reduce weight but don’t compromise strength. The challenges of increased geometric complexity have resulted in programmers utilizing the full extent of Mastercam software for everything from managing multi-axis parts to utilizing toolpaths with Dynamic Motion technology. As for future growth for this aerospace company, the sky’s the limit.
When you look inside Planet Tool & Engineering you see a focus on quality. You see it in the people with five in the engineering department, eight project managers and a skilled team of programmers and operators of various CNC mills, lathes and water jet machines. While that’s a lot of manpower, they also rely on the horsepower of Mastercam softer for their CNC machines
“Our strength is in our diversity,” states General Manager Curt Shatz, “We do different jobs every day and Mastercam plays a big role in helping keep us on track, especially when short lead times are given. Pretty much everyone who runs a CNC machine on the job floor can run his own program or draw a 2D model in Mastercam, allowing him to program on the fly and adapt to changes quickly.”
If that sounds like one person with the skillsets of three people, your right. Plus, with Mastercam, the company has eliminated conventional G-code and conversational programming of lathes. These programs are faster and easier to write with Mastercam and they allow for creating unique contours that typically require hours of time from an experienced programmer.
There was a time when 60% of the business at Cope Plastics was distributing plastic sheet and rod (not exactly your typical machine shop). The transition to manufacturing CNC-machined plastic parts started around 1998 when the company started using Mastercam software. Since then, they have grown, even in economic downtimes, by increasing CAM programming and manufacturing efficiency to provide faster product turnaround times for customers.
QTE Manufacturing Solutions provides expert training and guidance on how Mastercam software can be applied to improve productivity. “There are so many features in Mastercam that we don’t actually know about, so we rely heavily on QTE to point us in the right direction about what we should be learning next,” says Jim Eiland, programming supervisor.
What they learned was how to use the Mastercam Work Coordinate System to rotate a part and examine it from all perspectives without creating time-consuming part drawings. Plus, the Mastercam Lathe eliminated the need to write a program that could take all day. Now that the software does all the work, Cope Plastics eliminated the need to hire a person to do multi-axis lathe programming. What they gained instead is efficiency and increased profitability.