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New Dimensions in Flexible Manufacturing Systems

In today’s demanding environment, this shop proves how automation has never had so much potential to transform a business.

Today, customers do less annual forecasting. They reduce inventory in favor of just-in-time (JIT) delivery. They do not combine shipments and they want all of their parts in small batches. This makes the need for quick turnaround urgent, with continued pressure to keep pricing low. In this environment, automation has never had so much potential to transform a business: it puts shops in the driver’s seat to lower their costs, increase throughput and improve quality as market conditions continue to change. New Dimensions Precision Machining, Inc. (Union, LI) knows that flexibility is the key to handling this sort of environment, and they’ve discovered how to efficiently meet these demands by moving toward a fully automated production operation. Read More!

Flexible Manufacturing Systems Drive Productivity at New Dimensions

May 18th, 2016 – Competitive Production Magazine Vol 13.1

“Automation has never had so much potential to transform a business. It puts companies in the driver’s seat to lower costs, increase throughput and improve quality as market conditions continue to change.

Today, customers do less annual forecasting, they reduce inventory in favor of just-in-time (JIT) delivery, and they do not combine shipments. Customers want parts in small batches, the need for quick turnaround is urgent and there is continued pressure to keep pricing low.” read more…

Machine Automation Helps New Dimensions Improve Efficiency and Workflow

Mar 23, 2016 – Makino TV YouTube
Martin and Brian Halwix of New Dimensions discuss how the company transitioned into automated production with Makino flexible manufacturing systems. Using three MMC2 pallet handling systems with six horizontal machining centers tied to each, the company has been able to keep part costs low regardless of batch size, and doubled its production volume per employee for improved profitability.

 

Makino Machining Complex Brochure

In 2014 we installed our third Makino MMC2 flexible machining system consisting of:

  • Automated pallet handling system with 114 pallet stocker locations
  • 5 material loading stations
  • 6 A51nx horizontal CNCs each with:
    • 218 tools
    • High pressure through spindle coolant systems
    • In-spindle probes
    • Coolant chillers
    • High capacity conveyors

     

MMC2 cover
This system was featured on the cover and in the pages of Makino’s newly published MMC2 brochure.

Catalyst Magazine

“Union, Illinois firm leverages in-plant training to motivate employees and increase performance levels”

Passion, commitment, and extra effort. These are the words that describe employee engagement. Engagement is that illusive force that motivates employees to higher levels of performance. It is the commitment to the organization, a passion for job ownership, and the extra effort to change the way of doing business. Passion, commitment, and that extra effort is exactly what Union, IL-based New Dimensions Precision Machining is pursuing. read more…

Modern Machine Shop – ‘Making the First Cut’

July, 2000 – Chris Koepfer
Excerpted from Modern Machine Shop:
“Almost every shop has a metalcutting saw. However, many of these shops may be missing a throughput reduction opportunity by under-utilizing this cut-off step in the manufacturing process. Here’s how one shop integrates precision sawing in its part production flow.” read more…