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

Mastering Multi-axis Machining

Despite complexities in its set up, the benefits of well-implemented multi-axis machining far outweigh any pitfalls along the route. For many manufacturers looking to harness the benefits of automation, multi-axis machining can provide a sensible, efficient step in that journey: a proven technology that can reduce human error and improve tolerances through increased automation, simplifying operations and improving product quality.  Multi-axis machining offers the opportunity to condense multiple machine operations into one, save total production time and production cost, and improve performance on tolerances. The reduced set up time that comes with a multi-axis machine decreases burden rate on mechanics Read more…

Mastering the Machining of Titanium

Titanium and titanium alloys are light weight, strong and offer excellent corrosion resistance, making them increasingly popular choices, especially in the aerospace and medical sectors. It’s easy to see why the aerospace industry is such as huge user of titanium with every pound in weight that can be reduced on an aircraft saving $1million over the life of the aircraft. For the medical sector, uptake is high as titanium’s compatibility with human biology makes it excellent for implants including artificial hearts, hip replacements and elbow and hip joints. Titanium has many positives, it delivers greater strength than steel at elevated Read more…

Opportunity Knocks for US Manufacturing

With a flurry of announcements, from the new administration, about investment in infrastructure and general support for US manufacturing in recent weeks, it looks as though the next few years could see the new business pipeline filling up more rapidly than previously anticipated for our manufacturing sector. Whatever happens, it’s important to remember that the same fundamental challenges and issues face our industry, so perhaps now is a good time to take stock and think about how we can best tackle these. It’s about understanding general principles but also looking for new approaches that can help mitigate some of these Read more…