With so many manufacturing facilities moving production offshore to remain competitive, one American company is increasing manufacturing output and exporting precision machined parts to Asia and Europe as well as serving the U.S. marketplace. T&L Automatics, Inc. of Rochester, NY makes high quality precision machined parts having complex features and intricate details for the automotive, aerospace and defense industries.
In order to reach the required level of precision and productivity, T&L Automatics had to significantly improve the capability, reliability, and output of its machining centers. The original control system on their existing IMASFLEX seven-station dial index machining centers experienced shut-downs and resulted in significant down-time at least once per week. In addition, the maintenance contract fees to correct those control problems was costing tens of thousands $ per year. T&L Automatics wanted to eliminate those control problems and maintenance costs, as well as increase productivity, reduce downtime and increase quality. Working with Unique Automation, LLC (a Mitsubishi Distributor located near Rochester, NY), they decided to retrofit their IMASFLEX machining centers by replacing the existing problematic CNC controllers and hard-to-maintain point to point wiring scheme. In its place, they installed a high-performance, networked control system using Mitsubishi C64 CNC controllers, Q-Series automation controllers, GOT operator interfaces, all tied together with high-speed CC-Link networking.
By utilizing CC-Link networking, over 25,000 feet of wiring was eliminated per machine. Prior to this retrofit, broken, loose and shorted wires were a significant source of problems and downtime.