Advanced Precision Machining

APM's Colorado Machine Shop Upgrades Its CNC Turning Capacity

[November 3, 2014] Maintaining a competitive advantage in an industry that is fighting to keep CNC machining work here in the US, while faced with the challenges of a growing skills gap and finding qualified CNC machinists, is no easy task. As demand for precision machining services continues to ramp up, your Colorado machine shop sticks to a somewhat simple plan: Invest in new technology and the right personnel. In doing so, we've been able to capitalize on work that may have been lost to a competitor, or worse, sourced overseas. Now, with the hectic pace of the summer season behind us, we'd like to update readers specifically on recent upgrades to APM's CNC turning center capabilities; both in terms of machine and man.

Most recently, Advanced Precision Machining has greatly improved our skill and capacity for CNC turning and CNC lathe work. Our ongoing growth initiatives received a welcome shot in the arm with the purchase of a new lathe on our wish list and the hiring of two new CNC machinists, one of whom specializes in CNC lathe machining. Dan Walcott brings with him over 35 years of machine shop experience and is one of THE best lathe operators we've had the pleasure to work with. To the uninitiated, the precision machining methods and equipment needed to turn a part are often overlooked, but within the range of machine shop services, they play a vital role. At APM, CNC turning is carried out by computer-controlled lathes, which secure and spin a part to be machined. A pointed cutting tool is fed parallel to its surface, and material is removed creating a desired shape. This is accomplished along two axes of movement that may be a straight line or along a prescribed set of curves and angles. The end result is the ability to take a material and produce a vast range of shapes such as straight, conical, curved, or grooved.

Today, we are happy to share with readers news of our most recent purchase and addition to our lineup of CNC turning machines; a 1998 Bridgeport/ROMI with EZ-Path-S Control. This dual-axis CNC lathe allows for EZ path CNC operation with a 32 bit processor, a 17" swing & 40" travel, variable spindle and axes drives, with the capability to perform not only routine turning operations, but facing cycles, parting, grooving, boring, drilling, threading, and more. Our CNC machinists at the shop couldn't be more thrilled, as our capacity, productivity, and efficiency has been improved upon greatly. The new toy adds to our already impressive and growing list of CNC lathes including; a 1994 Southwestern Industries' Trak TRL 1440EX with Proto-Trac Control, and a 2009 2-axis Yama Seiki GA2600 with Fanuc Control. We now have what we feel is the ultimate combination in precision turning technology. We have the capacity to handle prototype quantities of one to five, full production runs, and even heavy-duty applications. The end result is greater efficiency, lower operating costs, and savings we can pass onto our new and loyal repeat customers.

APM's certified CNC machinists are happy to discuss any CNC turning project with you. Call us today at 303.776.1910 for a free consultation or send us an email.

About the Author

Gerry Dillon is a co-founder, current owner and certified CNC machinist at Advanced Precision Machining (APM), a full-service machine shop located in Longmont, Colorado. Before making his home in the United States in 2000, Gerry was born and raised on the emerald isle of Ireland and took an interest in milling and machining from an early age, ranking #1 in the Irish National Apprenticeship Program. In 2005, he partnered with his friend and colleague, Kirk Tuesburg, currently APM’s machine shop manager, together launching what’s grown into a leading Colorado machine shop. Gerry brings over 30 years of machining experience to the shop floor, and is certified in all aspects of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.


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