American Machinist

Turning to automation: loader and lathe keep clutch production from slipping. (Turning).

Most shops, especially those with under 20 employees, can't afford to waste the time and talent of their machinists on loading and unloading parts. So they often turn to automation like gantry loaders. Such systems not only eliminate the drudgery of manual parts handling but can also improve overall part manufacturing. This is exactly what happened at Boninfante Performance Racing Clutch Parts in Yeadon, Pa.

The company makes clutches for all types of drag racing and has one automated lathe with a gantry loader doing the work of two machines and two operators. The basically unattended system reduces the number of operations and shortens cycle times for one of the company's high-production parts. …

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