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Programming Made As Simple As An Etch A Sketch
by Mike Wolff, Hartwig Houston Applications Engineer
As skilled programmers and machine operators become more difficult to find, machine tool builders have tried to bridge the skills gap with technology. One area that has changed by leaps and bounds is shop floor programming.
Okuma is no stranger to shop floor programming systems. Okuma’s IGF (Interactive Graphics Function) dates back to 1984 on the OSP 5000 control. For those who wanted the same programming system for the office environment the TM-AMPT was developed. These programming systems eliminated the need typical post debugging associated with traditional CAM systems. Read More
From 15 hours to 45 minutes, a 95% saving in process time!
by Micky Petersen, Hartwig Houston Sales Engineer
Hartwig’s mission statement of "Helping People in Manufacturing Control Their Destiny Every Day," came through with shining colors at one of our customers in Houston, Texas. Spartak manufactures high precision Ball Valves ranging in size from very small to huge with a lot size of 1 to a couple 100s per month. The two major components of a Ball Valve are the Ball and the Valve Body. The largest Ball Valve Body I have seen in this shop so far is about 5 feet tall.
They claim their mechanical seal is the best in the World. Because of the harsh environment these valves work in, many times the material must be an Alloy such as Inconel and no rubber components are used because they would last about a minute, so the seal must be metal-to-metal. They test them with Helium and should get zero leakage before shipping Read More