This post is a continuation of our previous post: http://www.leanmachinecnc.com/news/2016/12/27/lathe-machining-cost-reduction
Whenever possible, we program our parts on several different machines so they can all be run simultaneously to shorten overall cycle times and give us redundancy of resources.
With our Okuma dual spindle lathe and Autodesk HSM we are able to automate parts that have several operations. The programming and setup time are intense but the result is a part that can run in a fraction of the time with very little human interaction. In this example, we took a part that required several hours of total human attention to a 45 minute unmanned operation.
Here is the Inventor drawing of the part. It's a small brass adapter with different threads on either end.