Speed means different things to different people.  In racing (just like industry) being faster than the competition while maintaining precise control is crucial.

Jason Fry lives this day in and day out in his professional life and his personal life.  Jason is a talented programmer at Joseph Machine Company and doubles as a successful sportsman sprint car driver on the weekends.

In both cases talent alone doesn’t fill the bill.  It takes hours of hard work, a good team and dedication.  Jason’s racing team spend all week going over every nut, bolt, wire etc. on the car to ensure they perform to their peak. 

When Jason programs a machine at JMC the hard work and dedication needed is the same.  Jason’s job is to program a complicated piece of equipment with myriad of tooling.  The cutting and fabrication must be within specifications.  The speed of the machine is equally critical. Jason knows he needs to make the machine as fast as possible to optimize the speed and not sacrifice anything in the area of quality.  In the manufacturing and racing world time is money and accurate application keeps it all together. You simply can’t have one without the other and be successful.

Every machine that leaves Joseph Machine Company has been fully optimized to deliver the best cycle time possible. You can easily witness the fruits of this labor during the run off and installation of your new machine. Over the course of time however cycle times can drop off for a variety of reasons.  

Here are a few examples:

 1) A cylinder gets changed out after a few years. The flow controls can be set slower than they originally were.  Simple adjustments with the flow controls can save considerable time over the course of a day let alone a month.  Let’s say we’ve changed out a vertical clamp cylinder after a few years.  Some machines with multiple tools can see the vertical clamp turn on and off as many as 15 times per part.  Factor in the upward and downward motion of the clamp and now you have 30 cycles of that one clamp per part.  Losing just .25 seconds per vertical clamp motion really adds up fast.

2)  Time delays inside the software can be adjusted slowing down the process of making parts.  If we’re talking about an extend delay on a horizontal clamp where there are no switches, we could be wasting away time similar to the vertical clamp cylinder discussed above.  Optimizing that extend delay could save precious time per part with the amount of movements that horizontal clamp will make. 

3) Tool offsets can be tweaked affecting tool locations that may have been previously tied together.  For example; if a hydraulic punch was firing with a saw blade when the machine shipped, those two tools would have had the same offset locations.  After a few years, someone could have changed the hydraulic punch tool offset by just .005”.  This minor change would separate the punch and saw step into two steps.  That would result in roughly 5 seconds of additional cycle time per part.

4)  CNC saw paths may be altered adding more steps in the CNC path or slower speeds along the path.  This could add a great deal of lost time over the course of a production shift.

Whatever the reason for the slowing machine speeds the JMCs’ software department is always available to get back the speed and precision that the machine possessed on day one. If you feel your equipment needs to be evaluated for efficiency please give us a call and we would be glad to discuss your options.

As for Jason’s racing endeavors he spends his spring, summer, and fall racing a dirt track Sprint Car in a division known as Super Sportsman.  The Super Sportsman are 1800 pound, 550 horsepower, carbureted monsters.  They have a direct drive rear end so the speed is based solely on the lone gear that is in the car.  That choice in gear varies based on the size of the track and the track conditions.  The largest and fastest tracks that the division visits are half mile ovals such as Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg PA, Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal PA, Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove PA, and Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown MD.  On these tracks the cars will hit speeds around 115 mph before hurling themselves sideways into a turn.  Once in the turn, it becomes a wrestling match due to the lack of power steering on these cars.  Many hours are spent maintaining and prepping these cars for the race track.  Each week the car is stripped down to almost nothing in order to clean everything thoroughly and inspect all parts for damage.  That’s the dedication required to succeed in dirt track racing.

Jason puts his heart and soul into his racing each and every day both in the shop and on the track.  He and the rest of the software department at JMC give the same effort to every detail of a customer’s machine. 

To schedule a visit from the JMC programming department for cycle time optimization call today at (717) 432-3442.  They’re always available to come to your plant and get you back to the optimal speed and precision you desire.