With an increasing number of 5-axis machine tools Long & Marshall realised it had a bottleneck in the programming of some of its complex components. The company needed to improve its CAD/CAM software to resolve the situation, so it set about reviewing the market. Mr Long attended a DMG Open House. At the event, an application specialist from an F1 engine manufacturer was delivering a presentation on how hyperMILL® had improved production and processing times for the leading F1 team. Following the glowing endorsement and witnessing the exceptional speed of programming at a demonstration at Long & Marshall, Mr Long acquired two seats of hyperMILL®.
Another major benefit of the OPEN MIND system to Long & Marshall is the ability to conduct programming off-line. The hyperMILL® system enables the company to verify its tool paths and watch the part being cut on-screen and in such detail it highlights any issues prior to the program being loaded to the machine. With less time spent programming on the shop floor, the machine tools spend more time conducting actual machining than on-stop being programmed. Reflecting upon the OPEN MIND acquisition, Mr Long states: “Our accuracy, productivity and surface finishes have all improved since purchasing the OPEN MIND system.”