As another year closes, the time for reflection opens. Looking back on all that 2018 had to offer us, we couldn't be more grateful for the continued support from our customers and dedicated staff. As we continue to move ourselves forward, and prepare for the year 2019, we want to share with you all of the exciting things that 2018 brought for us.
We've had many new CNC Machinery announcements lately–as we continue to grow our business–but this newest announcement is something that we've been looking forward to for months now. If you've been keeping up with our latest blog posts, then you've had some foresight into this new addition. The KIWA Methods-KMH-1000B is one of the largest horizontal machines in our shop, to date!
New Inspection Capabilities
PEKO's newest machinery announcement is an exciting new addition for our inspection department. After overcoming a few obstacles with its delivery, the new DEA CMM now sits inside the center bay of our Engineering and Development Center. The machine's height is over 14 feet, with an impressive measuring range over its 3 axes:
- X-Axis: 59.06"
- Y-Axis: 78.74"
- Z-Axis: 55.12"
The machine comes equipped with a Renishaw PH10MQ Probe along with CLIMA Temperature Compensation. These are beneficial accessories when installed into its new home, a climate controlled room around this new addition.
New CNC Machinery
PEKO's newest machinery highlight? The Haas EC-1600. While we have had this machine for a few months now, we wanted to share with you the astounding capabilities it offers and how we have been able to advance our business because of it. This four axis machine is located in our Lee Rd facility and can hold up to 10,000 lbs of metal for cutting. The increase weight limit allows us to cut larger parts for our major mechanical assemblies, and has a max cutting speed of 500 in/min.
Sheet Metal Precision
PEKO's newest CNC laser is the AMADA FOL 3015 AJ. A fiber laser cutting machine–with a 4kW oscillator–is the perfect fit for our extensive precision sheet metal division. This AMADA is equipped with a 3-Axis linear motor drive system, cuts well over a thousand inches per minute, and can handle material up to 7/8" thick!
PEKO's newest CNC machine was delivered, brand-new, Monday, 10/01/18. The set up for this lathe machine only took one day and will reside at our Lee Road facility, which is one of our six buildings. Our constant reinvestment in new machinery is a reinvestment in our commitment to our customers.
When it comes to Contract Manufacturing, space for our CNC machines and assembly areas is always meticulously calculated before a machine's arrival. One of the benefits of this particular lathe machine is its small footprint size. This leaves us more room for our assemblies and allows the space for larger machines to be delivered in the near future (we're currently anticipating the delivery of a multi-axis CNC machine in November, so stay tuned).
Sophisticated Contract Manufacturing Made Simple
As you may know, the New England area–specifically Boston–has hundreds of machine/manufacturing shops, but what sets companies apart from one another? By attending trade shows you have the chance to get in front of innovative companies that utilize the newest and latest technological advancements. However, it's easy to become sidetracked, or even overwhelmed, by a company's flashy booth that isn't a solution to your problem–especially if you are seeking a sophisticated contract manufacturer to manage the production of your product.
For over 50 years, PEKO has learned more than a few lessons about CNC Machining. Being a premier CNC machine shop means taking advantage of all the successes and failures over the past half decade.
For our 50th birthday, PEKO has decided to create an an e-guide series to help those looking for a mechanical contract manufacturer. These guides will help focus on the highlights of what to look for when choosing a partner. Finding a good supplier can be a long and confusing journey. WIth our guides, we will help purchasing and engineering personnel make the right decisions for their company. Our guides highlight the must-ask questions when optimizing a machining supply base.
What to do with a fabricated part that your usual suppliers can't make:
We all have a great supply of local cnc machining, precision fab and other manufacturing vendors that we have built trusting relationships with over the years. These vendors have been there with us through thick and thin. We have familiarity and trust that can only be built through years of demanding manufacturing challenges. Oftentimes, parts come along that are simply not suited for the average vendors. You know its a long shot but you send out these parts for quote, each of your local vendors sending back the NQ response. They say, "Jeez, Scott, you know we can't make a part like that, it is way beyond our capabilities". So now you have to go looking for a new vendor and hope they are the right fit for your part and for your business. Here are some things to look for:
Large Parts CNC Machining and Assembly:In the world of CNC Machining, Assembly and Fabrications, parts and features can range from the palm of your hand to the size of a tractor trailer and then some. Different CNC Machine Shops are suited for many different size ranges. High volume shops can produce millions of small parts in a short amount of time. But today I wanted to talk about the big stuff. Those large parts and assemblies that are not only hard to source for the OEM, but also hard to produce without all the right capabilities. Large CNC parts and assemblies create very specific problems for the manufacturer but with smart planning and good equipment, the manufacturer can provide excellent value to the OEM without causing too much pain.