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The (Proven) Path to Low Cost - High Quality Manufacturing

When consumers began to demand more product reliability and product choices and producers searched for ways to satisfy them, companies had to reinvent manufacturing techniques and objectives. To accommodate “the needs and wants of the customer” and “doing it right the first time,” has quality and cost considerations right at the center of it all. Obviously, the manufacturer capable of producing a quality product productively and economically, has the edge in a competitive marketplace. It is a misconception to assume, that quality and cost are diverging criteria. In fact, there are numerous proven tools, systems and processes, if applied properly and systematically, that lower manufacturing costs by simultaneously increasing product quality. Individually, they are good - together they are formidable. The path to Low Cost - High Quality leads to: PROCESS-ORIENTED MANUFACTURING - A given process determines performance and precision.
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Breakthrough Machining Technology for the Automotive Industry

In an ever increasingly more competitive market, the automotive industry is looking for ways to produce cost-effectively and still secure high quality. The manufacturing floor needs to scrutinize processes that can live up to stringent demands. Recently developed, advanced tooling technologies have set new marks in finish-machining automotive parts and components. They yield productivity and dimensional accuracy through economic processes. The response on part of the car manufacturer to today's adamant customer demands is clear:
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Advanced Machining Processes Integrate Agile Manufacturing

Carmakers are adopting “agile” manufacturing principles in an effort to achieve product variety in style and volume and doing so, within shortest possible changeover times to minimize the response time to demanding customers. For the manufacturing floor, agility means to be ultra-flexible in tooling and automation. Cycle-time reduction, fast through-put, high machine uptime, minimum machining passes, predictable machining results and the first part - good part principle are at the core of it all. In addition, machining processes have to be adaptable to transferlines and CNC-cells, or a combination thereof and if possible, reusable for new projects to assure a short and economical pipeline to the next generation of products. Several new, advanced machining processes in metalcutting embrace “agility” and integrate its manufacturing principle. They complete the technology chain of machine tool - toolholding - cutting tool, to form “agile” processes.