My colleagues Dr. Andy Henderson and Dr. Dean Bartles have written great pieces about the future of machining (links below). I would like to humbly add my two-cents. I am guided by a graphic that appeared in an issue of Morris Group’s Throughput Magazine. I recreated it below. Essentially, we must bring functions, capabilities and supplies closer to the point of use, closer to the machine and the machinist.
You can already see part of this with the latest design of Haas machining centers. They include a workbench, tool clamp and storage rack for toolholders. What if builders also had options for a mini heat shrinker, PG or Tribos clamping unit attached to, and powered by their machine tools? Vending machines are big, expensive and centralized. What if there was a mini-version on the machine that dispensed consumables used by that machine? It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Lamina designed a clever package for dispensing their carbide inserts that can be attached to the machine’s enclosure. What if you added something like an Amazon Dash Button or a smartphone app to capture tool consumption at the point of use? There are some real advantages to this that I will mention in my next post.
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