From advanced machining to lean continuous improvement, the OPTIS blog provides the insights you need to think like the machine.

Thinking about Third Parties

The demands on modern manufacturers lie heavier than ever. There’s so much to think about in the here and now, never mind in setting strategy and planning for a future landscape which is set to evolve more rapidly than at any other time in human history. Day to day, you are looking to reduce waste of all kinds, dealing with excess or constrained capacity, balancing make vs buy decisions and dealing with pressure from customers and competition. At the same time, you have to forward plan and ensure operations are set up to handle future demand. Whatever decisions you take, Read more…

Aerospace, tight tolerances and titanium: it’s not rocket science

Titanium and its alloys are popular materials for the aerospace industry, because it is stronger than steel, has twice the elasticity and weighs half as much. However, despite its many beneficial properties, titanium is notoriously difficult to machine. That’s because titanium is a poor thermal conductor, so heat intensifies at the cutting area, and dulls cutting tools. Using dull cutting edges can generate even more heat, further shortening tool life.   Fortunately, there are some broad steps manufacturers should consider in effectively approaching titanium machining, and find the sweet spot where best practice tooling and optimal efficiency come together with Read more…

Future CNC machining: your need to know

CNC machining is all very well and good in the here and now, following, as it does, pre-programmed and constant speed and feed rates. However, as manufacturing gets more complex, so must the programs that inform the process. There must be a machining revolution, to make control more adaptive and dynamic. Under CNC machining, machine tools function through numerical control. What is needed for ‘lights out’ machining, or the Factory of the Future, are analytic tools and feedback systems that adjust to operating conditions in real time. In common practice, the control mechanisms of a CNC machine follows pre-programmed and Read more…