OPEN MIND Pushes Dormer Pramet
to the MAXX
Dormer Pramet | Sheffield, United Kingdom
The Productivity Centre at Dormer Pramet has installed the hyperMILL® MAXX Machining roughing module from OPEN MIND to enhance the productivity benefits that the cutting tool manufacturer provides to its end users.
Since re-locating to its new facility, Sheffield based Dormer Pramet has invested considerable time, resources and expertise into selecting ‘Technology Partners’ to enhance the capabilities of its Productivity Centre department. The company has three technical engineers in the Productivity Centre with an additional ten on the road that are imbued in customer surgeries, technical projects and customer and staff training. Always at the forefront of technology, the Dormer Pramet engineers were flabbergasted by the hyperMILL® MAXX Machining roughing cycle from OPEN MIND.
“The component has a number of pockets on each side and to demonstarte cycle time reduction with hyperMILL® MAXX Machining roughing strategies, one pocket was previously machined in 40 minutes.
Dormer Pramet is now milling the pocket in 3 minutes.”
Matt Johnson, Machining Applications Engineer
As Dormer Pramet Machining Applications Engineer, Matt Johnson comments: “I was invited by an OPEN MIND engineer to supply tooling for a demonstration piece at Warwick University and witness the benefits of the hyperMILL® MAXX Machining roughing module. Using OPEN MIND’s hyperMILL®, the previous machining time for the 18 mm deep pocket in the 316 stainless steel part was 25 minutes. I supplied our S356 solid carbide end mill and changed the cutting parameters to slightly reduce feeds and speeds, but machine the full 18 mm depth in one pass as opposed to the previous program that used three 6 mm deep passes. This strategy reduced the cycle time. Then the OPEN MIND engineer turned on the hyperMILL® MAXX Machining roughing cycle and asked me to treble the recommended Dormer feed and almost double the speed rates for the cutter. My apprehension was quelled by the confidence of the OPEN MIND engineer and we immediately witnessed a staggering result.”