“[…]precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity.” Niklaus Wirth
Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining takes the Swiss computer scientist’s attitude seriously. Part of our continuing efforts to provide the quality our customers expect of us when machining their parts involved refitting our CMM.
The machine, (an LK G80k), was originally purchased and installed in 1995. About 10 years ago, we did a control upgrade due to obsolescence — the parts needed to repair the machine simply were no longer available.
Earlier this year, it became obvious to our Quality Manager Cedric Ridgeway that we were again facing a situation where simple repairs were no longer possible. Nikon Metrology, LK’s successor in the manufacturing of the LK machines, was called upon to provide B&O with an up-to-date control and software now, allowing us to be proactive, rather than waiting for a breakdown that would bring production grinding to a halt.
In addition, B&O reviewed the physical condition of the machine. It was decided to completely rebuild the CMM’s mechanical drives. Further, the scales were replaced, and the wiring completely redone. The machine now stands on a 1″ thick steel plate, overlaid on a 4′ granite block. If it were necessary, you could drive a towmotor onto the CMM.
After the three week project was finished, here’s the status quo. The work environment is 118″ by 78″ by 79″. Mr. Ridgeway says that he believes the machine now provides better and faster positioning of the probe, increasing efficiency for Contract Machining.
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Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining specializes in machining large parts. Learn more about our capabilities on our website at bardonsoliver.biz or contact our Sales Executive, Bob Durr, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 440.498.5800, ext. 212.