In July 2009 AIM acquired two seats of OPEN MIND’s hyperMILL® system and with new package updates imminent; AIM sent its staff on training days in September. Despite staff still being in the familiarity stage, progress is impressive as Managing Director Rob Kendall says: “Our five programmer’s confidence in hyperMILL® and our 5-axis capability is growing and we are moving more parts from our 3-axis machines to 5-axis daily. Our production times are up to 50% faster on our 5-axis machines and whilst set-ups and the elimination of second operations is a major contributor, it is hyperMILL® that has enabled us to move parts across with confidence.”
“We run one shift with lights out machining gradually increasing. This rise in unmanned machining is credit to the confidence in hyperMILL® and its remarkable collision avoidance. hyperMILL® has enabled us to improve cycle times by upwards of 50%, reduced programming times, and improved confidence, surface finishes and product quality. It has also drastically cut finishing operations like deburring,” concludes Mr Kendall.