Tight Tolerances Are Key For Defense Parts
A clean finish every time. Global Precision has so much confidence in their Doosan turning and milling machines they don’t even have a deburring bench in the shop. This kind of accuracy is money in the bank for a company that specializes in aerospace components.
Global Precision Products, a loyal Syracuse Supply customer, is a leading manufacturer of tight tolerance precision-machined products, with a focus on aerospace, military/defense, test & measurement, high end industrial end markets. Starting with just one CNC machine in 1997, the company now utilizes the most sophisticated automated machining systems and quality control protocols to produce precise, high-quality products that meet the most demanding tolerances. The company has received full AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certification from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the European Association of Aerospace Industries.
Twin Turret Turning
Global Precision’s first Doosan machine, a PUMA TT1500SY, was purchased in 2004. They had been making prismatic parts on vertical mills, but this involved multiple operations. Going to a twin turret turning machine would allow them to complete the parts on one machine. Having two tools “in the cut” at the same time increased productivity and reduced cycle times. In addition, live tooling and Y-axis capability allowed them to machine square parts out of round-stock which also impacted their raw material costs. The result was one complete burr-free part per setup.
“We looked at other machines back in the day, said Mark LaBell, founder of Global Precision. “But the price points were good and they gave us excellent financing, so we took a leap of faith and went with Doosan.”
The uptime and reliability of the first PUMA TT1500SY was so impressive that it has been joined by four more over the years. Global Precision runs just about everything on them from stainless to titanium. “We hammer on them pretty hard,” says Matt Schrader, Vice President, Administration and Controller, “but they never seem to go down.”
One of the machines was recently retrofitted with a robot loader for a long-term contact on a high-volume part. This gives Global Precision the capability to run un-manned.
Global Precision’s latest Doosan is a DMP500/2SP for making parts out of 7075 aluminum for a military/defense industry project. “We’re known as a swiss turn shop, but we wanted to get into more milling work,” Schrader remarked. “The dual spindles on the DMP500/2SP give us great productivity, allowing us to machine two components at the same time.” The model installed has two 4th-axis rotary tables retrofit for mirror imaged operation. “We considered another machine for less money,” Schrader remarked, “But the rigidity, fit and finish just wasn’t there. So, we went for Doosan value.”
All the Doosan machines at Global Precision are installed by distributor Syracuse Supply. “The service we get from Syracuse Supply is another reason we don’t hesitate to buy Doosan machine tools,” LaBell said. “Their sales and service support are top notch. They are always honest, fair and do what they say. They’re located only an hour and a half away, so we always get fast response times.”
The last word went to founder, Mark LaBell, “I have always been impressed with Doosan and Syracuse Supply’s ability to offer significantly better pricing than their competitors for comparable technology,” he said. “Their price and their support….