We have answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding high volume precision turned parts.
What is Precision Screw Machining?
A Precision Screw Machine is an automated turning machine that continually makes a number of finished parts from bar stock (raw purified metal that is available in a variety of shapes and lengths). At Avanti Engineering, our screw machining equipment can handle more than metals. It can handle a variety of materials such as:
- Alloy Steel
- Stainless Steel
What is the biggest advantage to using a screw machine?
Using a screw machine reduces the time required to machine a part. That translates into lower costs and a faster turnaround time for the consumer. In addition, screw machines offer a level of precision and repeatability that is unmatched by any other machine or human.
What is high volume machining?
High volume machining means that a machine can process a very high volume of pieces in a relatively short amount of time. At Avanti Engineering, we can handle orders of up to 20 million pieces (or as few as 1,000) in a single order and in a short amount of time. We also have a just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing and delivery program that allows us to provide support for Kanban inventory systems.
How does the Precision Screw Machine work?
The bar stock moves through the spindle (the rotating axis of the machine) and is held by a collet (the part that grips the bar stock, usually in a size range of 1/16” – 2.5”). It is also commonly called a bar machine.
What kind of equipment do you use to make high volume precision turned parts?
While every company differs in the machining equipment they use, Avanti Engineering offers:
- Brown & Sharpe – medium volume more than 10/M; it has a single spindle and auto bar feed)
- New Britain/Acme Gridley – medium volume more than 25/M, along with multi-spindle screw machine capability
- Davenport Department – high volume more than 50/M, as well as multi-spindle screw machine capability
- CNC Swiss Lathes – comes in all quantities, with multi-axis and ultra-precision technology that includes the auto bar load
- CNC Bar Lathes – comes in all quantities and materials, with multi-axis and ultra-precision technology. It also has 18 Multi-Spindle Cam Automatics.
- Equipment– undergoes quality assurance and superior inspection
- In-House Tool Room
- High and Medium Volume High Volume Machining Projects
What is the difference between a screw machine and lathe machines?
Screw machines are capable of producing large product volumes and require a more extensive set-up than an engine or turret lathe. Once they are running, they are simpler to maintain and one operator can monitor the operation of several different machines.
An engine lathe is also used to cut metal, but cuts shapes into metal as it is turned. It takes the least amount of time to set up, but the most amount of skilled labor and time to actually produce a part.
A turret lathe is similar to an engine lathe. It requires greater set-up time, but can produce a higher volume of product with a lower-skilled operator once the set-up process is complete.
Have More Questions?
Avanti Engineering is a family-owned company established in 1972 that provides high volume precision turned parts to businesses in all industries, including hydraulics, electronics, aerospace, plumbing and more. Our staff has years of experience in the manufacturing of high-quality screw machine parts, and can handle orders requiring 1,000 to 20 million pieces. We can help develop high-quality screw machine products that will not only meet the exact specifications, but provide the tightest tolerances, best finishes, detailed dimensions and great consistency.
Contact us today to discuss high volume precision turned parts!