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Machine Parts Faster: Using Pendulum Mode to Eliminate Spindle Downtime

March 5, 2020

Watch the Pendulum Mode Video at the Bottom of the Page

Imagine being able to machine a bunch of different parts in one machine without ever stopping the spindle. I know what you’re thinking, impossible, right? How would I add and remove parts? How would I refixture?

The problem with standard CNC machines is that in order to gain access to the parts, an operator must open the doors, wait for the spindle stop, and return to its starting position. At this point, the operator is now able to swap parts, refixture, and start the cycle over again. Operators spend a significant amount of their day on this process, and eliminating this would allow for more parts to be completed in a shorter amount of time.

The FlexCNC is unique and different from other CNC’s because it can continuously machine with 0% spindle downtime. The large, open bed paired with the Pendulum Mode allows an operator to continuously swap out parts while the machine runs at the other end of the bed. This allows an operator to go an entire shift without ever having to stop the machine.

In order to accomplish 100% spindle uptime, the FlexCNC includes a mobile light curtain (G-Series) and scanners (C-Series) to ensure the operator stays safe while working at the other end of the machine. If at any time the operator breaks this barrier, the machine spindle will stop.

Why Use Pendulum Mode?

One common misconception of the FlexCNC is that it only benefits shops that machine large parts, but this is simply not true. Imagine having over 40 square feet of machine bed space. What would you do with it? The FlexCNC is so flexible our customers utilize the Pendulum Mode in a variety of different ways.

One company used the 20-foot bed to machine a 15 foot long part and used the remaining 5 feet to machine their smaller parts. Another customer looked at it in a completely different way. They broke up their machine into four separate zones and used each zone as if it were an entirely different CNC machine.

We all know that anytime a machine isn’t running, the business isn’t making any money. So why are so many companies content with their current machining processes? A FlexCNC can eliminate spindle downtime and will have you producing parts much faster than you ever could before.

If you’re interested in seeing how fast the FlexCNC can run your parts, contact us or give us a call at 1-800-837-2503. We would be happy to run a time study and see how much you could be saving.

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