Case Study CAM helps job shop respond quickly to customer needs
As most job shops, US-based Carbide Products relies heavily upon the ability of its CNC programming team to quickly produce programs for a wide array of machines. One multidiscipline CAM system has helped the company streamline its CNC programming processes.
Established in 1943, Carbide Products (CPI), Georgetown, US, is a leading multidiscipline machine and tool job shop that manufactures made-to-order high-precision parts, tools, dies and assemblies for customers around the world. The complex tools and parts manufactured at CPI often require very high skill in several machining disciplines to complete, including turning, milling, wire electrical discharge machining (EDM), sinker EDM, surface and cylindrical grinding and other processes.
The company relies heavily upon the ability of its CNC programming team to quickly produce programs for a wide array of machines that produce quality parts the very first time. In the past, the company was forced to use different software packages to obtain the full range of required capabilities for metal-cutting and EDM.
More recently, Carbide Products has been using DP Technology’s Esprit for its full range of programming needs. “Esprit enables us to rapidly generate programs that produce parts to customer specifications the first time they are made,” said Paul Williams, vice president of engineering. “Being able to rely on a single software package for our complete machining requirements makes it easy for our people to move from one department to another as needed to balance the workload and saves on training and software licensing.”