Davis-Standard (Pawcatuck, CT) recently announced the installation of its fourth CNC machining center. The $2-million investment will further boost production efficiency and will enable the company to increase feedscrew production by more than 25%. The machining center is expected to be operational this month.
“This investment reflects our continued commitment to best practices in manufacturing and in supporting customers with best-in-class feedscrew technology,” said Mike Newhall, Vice President of Operations. “The CNC machining center is the same brand as our existing machines, Weingartner, which makes software programs and tooling interchangeable. We also have highly skilled machinists already trained to run this type of equipment. This will further add to our ability to meet customer demand and improve our overall responsiveness to our customer’s requirements,” added Newhall.
The Weingartner Pickup 700 Whirler is capable of machining 80% of the feedscrew sizes that Davis-Standard produces. This includes feedscrews from 1.5 to 6 inches (38 to 152 mm) in diameter and in lengths up to 207 inches (5,200 mm). The machine will augment existing capabilities in Davis-Standard’s feedscrew operation, which currently manufactures more than 1,000 feedscrews annually. It will also support feedscrew cycle-time reduction, enabling the company to improve delivery times and maintain a steady stock of feedscrews in various sizes and finishes.