As we listen to our current customers and new business prospects, we continue to follow through on expanding our downstream component manufacturing capabilities at Vitex Extrusion. In 2007, we initiated the transition our company’s mission from that of an aluminum extruder to an integrated extrusion and component manufacturing business. Extending our business focus from extruding aluminum profiles to providing complete component manufacturing solutions has resulted in many new business projects where we have significantly expanded our value proposition for those customers.
The key driver in our business transition to aluminum component manufacturing has been continuous investments into machining and component finishing capabilities for adding downstream manufacturing, creating a powerful synergy to serve our customers as a single point source for aluminum component production.
Our most recent manufacturing capabilities investment is the installation of a new Kiwa KH 45 six pallet horizontal machining center.
The Horizontal Move to Furthering Production Efficiency
Pictured above, our new automated horizontal machining center is a game changer. The horizontal multi pallet set-up allows for continuous machining of multi-faced parts in quicker cycle times versus machining on a traditional vertical machining center. The multi-pallet technology features the ability to load and concurrently run several customer parts, enabling quicker response times. Additionally, our newest machining center further enhances our business strategy to stand ready with scalable capacity to meet new customer demand requirements.
Horizontal Machining Capability Directly Translates to Added Supply Chain Benefits
- Shorter processing time. Our new horizontal machining center processes parts on a series of six separate work area pallets, enabling little or no delay between machining cycles for job change-over. Using a “tombstone” fixture set-up, many parts can be machined in a single cycle.
- Potential unit cost saving opportunities. Lower machine cycles can typically be achieved on many multi faced parts, enabling a reduction in machine time and labor.
- Three-side machining. Using the horizontal technology, features that relate to one another can often be machined in the same cycle to assure accuracy.
- On-machine deburring. Replacing manual deburring with on-machine deburring saves labor and expense.
Vitex remains nimble to adapt rapidly while keeping our commitment to a long-term, value-driven growth strategy. We’re committed to providing your aluminum component requirements – from prototype to production.