The same sentiment goes for the machining and manufacturing industry. Combining functionality into one machine can dramatically improve your machining process and allow for incredible ROI.
Multitasking machines have the following functions and capabilities:
- Helical milling
- Laser Hybrid
As their name would allude, multitasking machines are truly the epitome of productivity. When you combine several functionalities into one machine, you’re significantly reducing setup times, as well as human error, by completing the part in one operation.
After they became established, multitasking machines evolved from turning centers with limited milling capabilities to machines that incorporated a Y-axis, sub-spindle, ATC, and B-axis.
As multitasking machines entered the market, they developed an intimidating reputation. And considering all they can do, it’s not a surprising conclusion. Luckily, the development of multitasking technologies and user-friendly controls has helped take away some of the intimidation factor, and today there are many more safeties built-in, such as the standard Collision Avoidance System (CAS).
Once they were comfortable running the MULTUS, their shop went from three parts to nine parts a day.
While your shop’s parts and goals are important, the true key to getting the most out of your multitasking machine is having a well-trained team that is ready to embrace the machine’s functionalities, as well as utilize its specific controls and technologies.