American Machinist

Turning center keeps shop competitive.(Case books)

ALTHOUGH SRS MANUFACTURING IN CHESTERFIELD, Mich., has sustained annual growth, the company's business has changed dramatically over its seven-year existence: The shop, which specializes in CNC turning and milling, now faces enormous price pressures. Large runs used to be 1,000 to 2,000 pieces. Today, a big order involves about 400 pieces, and JIT delivery is critical.

To roll with the economic punches and stay competitive, SRS keeps a close eye on capital-equipment costs. The shop has four Mazak turning centers, three Bridgeports, and a vertical machining center. The Mazaks, says Scott Stay, president of SRS, increase productivity and efficiency at a 15% lower cost as compared to similar machines. …

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