Cycle Times Down 50% & Tool Life Up 40% at Mico Industries Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining

Terry Sammon, CEO of Mico Industries, located in Grand Rapids Michigan is on a laser-focused mission is to drive his company to create dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise, providing the highest possible level of products and service to his customers, all at the best price possible.

"With iMachining's, faster cycle times, decreased tool wear and intuitive Speeds and Feeds Wizard, it's like having a master machinist with a super-fast CNC mill, using super-wear tools always at my disposal.  The first time I machined a block of D2 tool steel with iMachining, my toolmakers' jaws just hit the ground.  They couldn't believe the speed and depth of cut we were running at and the amazing material removal rates we were achieving."

High Performance Manufacturing for High Performance Car Components

The town of Tamworth, Staffordshire; is not only known for its historic merits; but also for its engineering and manufacturing industry. Here the engineer and sports car racer John Moore founded in 1984 Alcon Components Limited. The company has gained a worldwide reputation for manufacturing and supplying high specification brake components and clutches to motorsport and for high performance road vehicles.
In the world of motorsport, Alcon became a Technical Partner to the Honda F1 Racing Team by supplying brake callipers of a patented design. Alcon is also cooperating with other Formula 1 teams to develop the next generation of F1 braking systems. Alcon is well known in US motorsport, providing brake components to the leading racing teams of the IRL and NASCAR series. In addition the motorsport departments within Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen count on the technology of Alcon, as well as some prestigious road car manufacturers; including Brabus, Jaguar, Land Rover and Prodrive.

In the Fast Lane

Czech high-tech shop uses SolidCAM, the Gold-certified integrated CAM-Engine for SolidWorks, to solve the bottleneck in NC programming of modern 5-axis CNC machines.

The times have passed in which the main business for contract manufacturers in Eastern Europe was the production of simple commodity parts. Frencken Brno s.r.o., headquartered in Brno in Czech Republic, today produces the most complex parts of the highest quality for demanding customers from the aeronautics and aerospace industry, for instrument and measuring instrument makers, manufacturers of medical devices and even producers of laser and radar equipment. And the progress can no longer be attributed only to advantages of location, such as lower staff costs, less labour regulations and better tax benefits.