We love success.
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Who doesn’t love success?
This article is about one of those successes we can all appreciate. It as much a success story about Kipware® software … as Kentech Inc.’s product support … as personal triumph on display because of hard work and determination. Here’s the story … as briefly explained as possible without leaving out the important details.
It all started with an email from a potential customer in Pennsylvania who needed to create G code programs to machine a workpiece that a previous supplier had stopped producing. The client supplied us with a print and inquired if our KipwareT® software had the capabilities of creating the G code required to machine the workpiece complete. Along with the email came the comment “we are not machinists”.
We explained that KipwareT® had all the features to create the G code programming … so they made the purchase. After some initial questions and then some additional in-depth discussions … it became clear that the client needed some serious support … and that they really needed to get the part up and running. We love to help so we decided to go into full support mode and lend a hand … anything we could do.
With no machining strategy in place … and the part being quite long and requiring multiple set-ups … we first developed CNC specific part prints … along with a recommended machining strategy. Below is a glimpse of the part to be created.
We operate our CNC consulting and mentoring services using the “teach a man to fish” philosophy. In other words … yes we could write the program for you but it’s better if we work together … and have you create the program so you will understand all of what is happening. Better training … better for future programming … better for set-up and running the parts.
Once the prints were approved … we decided on a machining strategy. The parts would be machined on (2) Mori Seiki lathes with live tooling … tailstock … Fanuc control.
First op … machine the shaft shown above in the top print … pretty straight forward. Facing and rough / finish turn the OD … groove the OD. We sent screen shots of the KipwareT® screens and the client followed the instructions and created the G code using KipwareT®. Loaded the program into the machine … followed our assistance in set-up and tool touch off … and ran the first op with good results. Nice job guys!! They really worked hard … listened to our instructions … and grew leaps and bounds along the way.
Second op … on machine #2 … leave some of the material swallowed in the chuck and machine to the print on the left side above … rough turning, finish turning, grooving, threading, mill (2) flats. We agin sent screen shots of the KipwareT® screens … and using all the experience gained in the first op set-up were able to get the second op off with good results.
Third op … still on machine #2 … move the stock out and using the steady rest for support … machine the remainder of the part … rough / finish turn … groove the OD … and thread the ACME thread. Again … the client was great and the result was a finished part all to spec and ready for production.
Here are some finish pics …
and comments …
“Thanks Kenney!!! Honestly , we owe it all to you. We could not have done it without you or your software. I can’t thank you enough …”
Did I Mention …
When the client got to start the 3rd op. … they discovered that the turret was out of alignment. After further investigating … they found out that the turret was crashed in it’s previous life. Well … good thing I was a Mori Seiki service tech in my earlier life and have blogged about such things. Using a CNC Machinist Blog post from March of 2016 … http://kentechinc.biz/cnc-turret-alignment-tips-and-tricks/ … and a little additional consulting they were able to perform the service and re-align the turret. I’m telling ya … these guys are good !!
Nights … Weekends … whatever
The client was in a real bind needing these parts and put the hours and effort in to get it up and running. And we were right there. Days … nights … on the weekend … we supported the client whatever and whenever it was needed.
As you can see from this story :
- KipwareT® is great tool for both beginner and experienced CNC programmers.
- KipwareT® can handle a variety of turning operations … all conversationally … from facing to rough / finish turning to grooving to standard and ACME threading.
- KipwareT® was created by REAL MACHINISTS for REAL MACHINING and we have the EXPERIENCE to back it up.
- Our product support is unmatched in the industry. We could tell the client was in a real bind and needed some help so we stepped up to the plate … and since we are REAL MACHINISTS we were able to assists in many ways. From programming to machining strategy to set-up to machine repair.
- YOU REALLY CAN DO ANYTHING if you put your mind to it. These guys worked so hard and really put in the effort … an example to all … and the end result was complete success.
If you are ready to STOP THE CAD/CAM OVERKILL … are in the market for shop floor programming to handle your everyday CNC programming … we invite you to explore Kipware® conversational. Kipware® was created by the REAL WORLD for the REAL WORLD … using real shop floor experiences and ………. IT SHOWS !!
If you are tired of limited, underdeveloped “wizards” developed and created by non-machinists … it’s time to step up. If you’re tired of support people who don’t know or really don’t understand machining … CNC machines … production … it’s time to step-up.
If you are in the need for support … consulting … or mentoring services …CLICK the image below.
Thanks for taking the time to read our story … and for considering Kipware® software.
Kenney Skonieczny – President