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programs so fast. The feed rates and chip loads are high. They’re in the cut all the time.”


More than Machines Process engineering support


from SST and Makino contributed to Franchino Mold achieving its busi- ness goals. Franchino’s leaders set out to purchase vertical machining centers, but they also received detailed advice on how to incorporate the new machines’ abilities into their processes; and they plan to incorporate new pro- gramming techniques and workfl ow. Training during implementation of the F5s helped the Franchino team to take an advanced engineering perspective of their processes, giving the team accurate information to calculate


feeds, speeds, depths of cut and chip loads. A routine to drill a hole and complete details around a hole now is saved in the Professional 5 control, where it can be called up and quickly modifi ed for new uses on subsequent jobs, saving signifi cant time.


The common set of tooling, toolholding and workholding for each machine recommended by SST and Makino also met Franchino’s goal of standardizing operations. Engineers from SST and Makino have remained available ever since to answer any questions Franchino Mold has in preparing new routines that have reduced cycle times and improved component quality. Franchino estimates the F5s have helped cut bench time by 30% and spotting time by 20% as a result. “They [SST and Makino] helped set up processes that made the most of those machines,” Pollok said. “We use what we learned every day, and we’re seeing signifi cant increases in effi ciency because of it.”


Accomplishing What Matters What matters most to Franchino is producing better prod- ucts for its die-cast die and plastic-injection mold customers with faster lead times. When other manufacturers retrenched because of a slow economic recovery, Franchino’s leaders chose


The Makino F5 at work on a part. The Makino F5 at work on a part.


to boldly move forward by committing to three key areas: people, process, and technology. The company accomplished its business goals by adding skilled machinists and enhancing their employees’ skills with advanced training, standardizing processes and investing in the best technology available.


“Our commitment to customers means that we have


to provide durable, quality product that is reliable and maintainable. We need good people, effi cient processes and outstanding technology. If one of those isn’t up to par, our process falls apart,” Hetherington said. Makino helped the company with all three. It helped train their employees and provided process improvements based on the F5s advanced technology. “We knew about the quality of Makino machines, but the Makino equipment with the support from SST has enabled us to improve all aspects of processes, resulting in a highly reliable system that enhances our products, services and overall com- petitiveness. Makino and SST added to the value of our investment tremendously and helped us to continuously improve our return on investment.”


Edited by Yearbook Editor Bill Koenig from information supplied by Makino.


59 — Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing 2017


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