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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.
“The Gerding Enterprises management team recently requested that QTE Manufacturing Solutions provide training for our programming staff members on the new dynamic toolpaths available in Mastercam. Since then, we have seen drastic improvements in our high-speed machining run times as well as our tool life. We highly recommend to any company that is considering working with QTE to make the investment and to utilize their expertise. Their knowledge and professionalism will definitely benefit your company as it has ours.”