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machines & automation Flexible manufacturing system helps California machine shop compete


Axxis’ initial interest in a stand-alone horizontal machining center was superseded upon witnessing the fl exibility of an automated pallet handling system.


Flexible Manufacturing System Supercharges HMC for Shop


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ensely populated Southern California is a highly competitive region for small machine shops. When bidding for new work, these businesses know that the competition is likely to be stiff. Always keeping an eye on the bottom line, many shops carefully consider any big equipment investments because they count on every dollar to compete with the guy down the street. At the same time, a challenge for many shops is being


more effi cient by reducing part setups in order to achieve faster turnaround and ultimately lower part costs, especially on repeat jobs. Axxis Corporation of Perris, CA, was no stranger to this situation, but set its sights on improving fl ex- ibility and labor effi ciencies to drive down part costs for its


customers. This goal set Axxis on a journey to identify new solutions that could reduce setup hours, particularly in short cycle time applications. Axxis found it’s answer in 2014 with the purchase of a Makino a61nx horizontal machining center with a 12-pallet MMC2 automated machining cell. “The competitiveness of today’s market requires a stead- fast determination to constant improvement,” said Brandy Tidball, CEO of Axxis. “Our investment in the a61nx fl exible manufacturing system has proven to our customers that Axxis Corporation is never satisfi ed with the status quo. We now have the fl exibility to offer smaller economic order quan- tities at a lower cost, while achieving four times the produc- tion speed and three times the tool life of previous processing


85 — Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing 2016


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