Bridging the Skills Gap: Complex Parts Made Easy (Video)
Pioneer Machine Co., of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is always a busy shop. So when a job for complex parts comes along, they can’t get bogged down in time-consuming programming. Watch this video and see how owner Mike Bellone uses PartMaker software from Delcam (a member of Partners in THINC) to simplify complex jobs on his Okuma MULTUS B300 multitasking CNC lathe. When using PartMaker on his Okuma, Mike says “I can’t believe how easy it is and how fast I can process a part. From print to program to making chips, there are times when I do it in one day.” PartMaker enables Pioneer to complete parts in one setup and make the most of their skilled labor resources.
Complex Parts Fuel a Business Boom
Pioneer produces parts for customers in the mining, nuclear and electronics industries, and the parts are getting more complex. For these jobs Mike already had the machine strength he needed with his MULTUS CNC lathe, but he needed software that was strong enough too. He contacted Delcam to work with Okuma and they collaborated on a solution. In the video you can see a part that, according to Mike, “has so many features, it’s mind-boggling. 9 out of 10 shops wouldn’t even look at this.” Now he’s processing complex parts that previously he wouldn’t bid on himself. PartMaker gave him exactly the functionality he needed – a powerful software system that’s easy to use. Customers have seen the proof and have confidence in the high-quality complex parts Pioneer makes using the PartMaker/Okuma solution. They’re sending more similar parts and business is booming. What a great example of the competitive advantage users can achieve when tapping into the resources of Partners in THINC.
Learn more about how Delcam’s PartMaker can be used to program a variety of Okuma’s CNC machines in the brochure they created especially for Partners in THINC. You can also check out this webpage for a list of Okuma machine models that PartMaker supports, plus some how-to videos for programming. While you’re there, check out the story about “Boris the Spider” and learn why he’s Delcam’s company mascot, prominently featured in their logo.