Summit Machine

Implementing NC Program Optimization to meet increasing delivery requirements

Summit Machine specializes in the rough and finish machining of complex components for the aerospace, commercial, defense, power generation, space, and petroleum industries. As Boeing and Airbus began ramping up monthly production of 737s and A320s, it became imperative that Summit engineers identified more efficient machining strategies to meet expanding delivery requirements.

CHALLENGE

  • Implementing NC Program Optimization to meet increasing delivery requirements
  • The CFM56-7 engine is the exclusive power plant for the Boeing 737 and is also used in the Airbus family of A320 aircraft
  • Summit machines 1,200 of each part annually

APPROACH

  • Third Wave Systems engineers train Summit Machine staff on Production Module NC program optimization capabilities
  • Summit Machine engineers use Production Module to minimize machining times and balance tool loads

IMPACT

  • Overall machining cycle time reduced by approximately 30%
  • Operator intervention eliminated
  • Tool life extended
  • Software was purchased and used to optimize similar machining configurations for other programs

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