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been reduced from five minutes to thirty seconds. This feature alone gives True Die Inc. the flexibility to in-


crease the company’s margins or to strategically price jobs to win new business, and sometimes do both.


At every turn, the mold-and-die professionals at


True Die have learned something remarkable about the Sinumerik 828D CNC that drives their new Romi machining center.


An important discovery was the abil-


HEARD FROM YOUR VISES LATELY?


Ours Tells You How Well It’s Working


Our NC vise is available with an integrated force gauge which tells you how much holding force is being applied to your workpiece. Minimal effort on the crank handle results in extremely high holding force because of the built-in hydraulic power of the vise. Now you’ll know if your part is being held properly.


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View all of our machining vises at: www.clrh.com


Fenton, MO 63026 (636) 386-8022


ity to program the machine to minimize the time it takes to cut a part. A feature called Advance Surface enables the shop to optimize mold-cutting velocity, accuracy, and surface quality for the most efficient machining motion. “With a couple short clicks on the


control, I can tell the machine that a particular block is not so fussy on tolerance. I can in effect say ‘open the tolerance up’ and that will increase the speed of the machine through that sequence. We can get the surface finish that the mold requires and the maximum speed of the machine—all at the same time,” said Tim Rietsma. “We’re still learning on the machine,


learning every week,” said Tim Rietsma. “When the machine hit the floor, we needed to make parts. We didn’t have time to really learn the CNC. And then as the weeks go on, we learn a little more.” The machine/control invest- ment has resulted in faster production of consistent quality molds, flexibility to produce different parts for differ- ent types of customers on the same machine, and the ability to reduce mold rib cutting from a 20-hour off-line EDM process to a 1.5-hour milling process at the machine. Also Siemens absolute encoder has eliminated hours of “hom- ing” restart time in the morning by hold- ing an exact previous setting, and True Die Inc. has been able to download earlier Haas and FANUC files into the Siemens control with no losses, gaining greater machining flexibility. Brian Brown, True Die Inc.’s owner


and president, is especially proud of the company’s position and outlook


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