Shrinking availability of skilled labor and continual cost-reduction pressures are magnifying the importance of manufacturing systems, services and integrated solutions, according to machine tool importer and distributor Absolute Machine Tools Inc. During more than three decades of selling and supporting a comprehensive selection of machine tools, Absolute has participated in wide-ranging changes in the manufacturing industry. The company concludes that manufacturing success and growth now require engineered solutions that integrate machine tools with automation systems, process design and maintenance services.
Consequently, Absolute offers extensive assistance in engineering and building custom-tailored automation, robotics and turnkey machining systems aimed at reducing manufacturing costs and compensating for shortages of skilled labor. Preventative maintenance packages are designed to match a shop’s individual budget requirements, and Absolute’s technicians provide specialized service solutions such laser-assisted level and square machine alignment, ballbar circularity inspection, tram testing and CNC servo tuning.
Absolute has steadily expanded the selection of advanced machine tools it offers, now including horizontal and vertical machining centers, duplex/double sided machining centers, horizontal and vertical lathes and mill/turn centers, Swiss-type lathes and multiple-slide screw machines, deep-hole drilling and finishing, wire and sinker EDMs, and essential machining consumables.
Absolute Founder and President Steve Ortner said the company’s customers seek guidance in assembling complete turnkey system solutions for certain applications or part families, as well as assistance with machine tool choice and application. “We help customers maximize the flexibility and profitability of their metalcutting investment. We’re like an architect that partners with them in planning their operations and solving their manufacturing challenges.”
Related Glossary Terms
Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- metalcutting ( material cutting)
metalcutting ( material cutting)
Any machining process used to part metal or other material or give a workpiece a new configuration. Conventionally applies to machining operations in which a cutting tool mechanically removes material in the form of chips; applies to any process in which metal or material is removed to create new shapes. See metalforming.
Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.