American Machinist

MC's toolchanger expands to meet increasing business. (Case books).

WHILE INCREASED BUSINESS IS USUALLY GOOD NEWS, AT Badger Meter Inc. it meant having to expand product manufacturing with an already consumed machining capacity. To handle the extra work, the Milwaukee shop took on a new horizontal machining center.

Badger manufactures products used for flow measurement and control. Two of these include the disc-meter and compound-meter families, which require over 100 different tools in a variety of machining operations. This is why the company installed a Giddings & Lewis HMC 170 machining center featuring a cassette-style toolchanger expandable to accommodate 250 tools.

"The tool magazine on the HMC 170, with its cassette system, was the deciding factor in our machine purchase," says Doug Wied, maintenance supervisor and department manager at Badger. …

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