Danko Arlington is pleased to announce its investment in a state-of-the-art CNC machining center manufactured by Okuma Corporation, Japan.
The Okuma Multus U4000 robotic machine enables simultaneous high speed turning and milling capabilities in eleven axes within an envelope of 25.59” Diameter x 78.74” long. The new acquisition provides Danko Arlington with the possibility to turn, mill, drill, and tap its aluminum and bronze sand castings in just one setup.
In addition to reducing multiple setups, fixtures, and operator involvement, the machine will also enable the company to offer complex 5-axis hogouts from ferrous or non-ferrous billet as an option to its sand cast material. In fact, the decline of the foundry industry over the past two decades, as well as the advances in cutting tool technology have prompted today’s engineers to design whittled-out components out of solid blocks instead of using traditional casting processes.
The effect of this next-generation technology, also known as a “machine shop in a box,” will certainly decrease the company’s lead times while increase accuracy, reliability, and productivity for castings or hogouts. Once again, automation comes to the rescue of America’s manufactures — not only surpassing the skills-gap in the declining trade of machining, but now enabling even small business to compete in a global economy.