ROME, N.Y.—Bartell Machinery Systems has invested in an advanced vertical CNC machining production cell for its facility in Rome.
The cell features two new Mazak 500C Vertical Machining Centers, which are three-axis machining centers that provide machine tool capabilities. The company said the machines have an industry-leading performance of +/.0002 for repeatability and accuracy and feature enhancements such as part probing capabilities, 12,000 RPM spindles, through-spindle coolant and a 30 tool magazine with high speed automatic tool changeover.
The firm also said the cell includes multiple station vises and dedicated fixtures for concurrent runs, a Parlec tool pre-setter for offline tool setup, and point of use tools and gages for in process verification.
Bartell also has invested in a wireless computer system and large screen monitors that the company said allow the entire work cell to be paperless. Prints and process sheets can be accessed from the network, the company said, while part tracking and prioritization can happen in real time.
Bartell's Director of Operations believes this capability can be transformational for Bartell.
"This production cell and the state of the art equipment within it not only allows us to be efficient and competitive in the production of the parts we currently manufacturer but allows us to expand our capacity to develop more advanced and complex designs, having direct influence on the quality and lead-times, and providing our customers world class products," Andrew Longway, Bartell's director of operations, said in a statement. "Our goal with this investment is to support the development of our innovative designs and allow them to be produced efficiently and flawlessly. This capability will allow us to do that for years to come."
The company said the cell also will be part of its efforts to help build a future skilled workforce through its participation in New York State's Department of Labor Apprenticeship program, which works to establish a formal training relationship between an employer and an employee, combining work experience and classroom instruction. The intent is to build a skilled workforce in the manufacturing and machining sector.
Bartell Machinery Systems provides industrial manufacturing equipment for the tire and rubber, oil and gas, and wire and cable industries. It has installed more than 8,500 machines worldwide.