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Screw Machine

Anco Precision is now capable of screw machining. A screw machine is a metalworking machine tool used in the high-volume manufacture of turned components. This process is considered a screw machine shop operation which will produce fast production parts made out of various types of material.

The screw machine is also more commonly called a CNC lathe. These models have become extremely popular in recent years due to their easy operation and tool setting. The newer models use carbide tooling technology. The part itself and the path that the tool follows are programmed and controlled by a CAD (computer aided design) program. Once the tool path and designs have been programmed into the computer the screw machine will continually shape parts with little supervision from the machinist.

The new machines here at Anco precision will ensure quality parts in a timely manner. The entire process is controlled by computer located at the machine. The program modifications and scales can be viewed and monitored form the machine itself. The screen can also project a simulated screen image of the part and the process taking place. Screw machine machinists (or ‘operators’) need to have a high level of skill and understanding of the machine, computers and programs involved. Older lathes required less training but required more man hours and practice. In some cases a single machinist will be in control of numerous machines operating simultaneously. A large turret system holds the tools and bits. This turret rotates and changes tooling when the computer says so.

Due to stringent regulations on occupational health and safety nearly all newer units are totally enclosed. The screw machine used to be extremely expensive to due to high computer prices. In the last few years these machines have become significantly more affordable seeing that computers and operating software prices have dropped. Anco precision machining has some of the newest and best operating screw machine systems available to the public. Some screw machines can have more than one spindle and come equipped with automated control systems. These machines are excellent for high-volume production.

The screw machines here at Anco precision work form bar stock material (which we have numerous different types and gauges of in the shop for your convenience). Once these machines are turned on they can rapidly and efficiently produce hundreds, if not thousands, of parts on a continuous basis. The parts manufactured from this type of machining are highly accurate, have low cycle times and require very little interruption from the operator.