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Understanding Industrial Manufacturing | Cass Precision Machining

The industrial manufacturing industry is responsible for the fabrication of products intended for industrial use from raw materials. When asking the question, “what is industrial manufacturing?” one has to look at the output itself (the products produced) which ranges from large machinery like bulldozers and cranes to smaller products such as wheelchairs and circuit boards. No matter what type of machinery is used, industrial manufacturing is crucial in producing many of the goods and services vital to any economy in a cost-efficient and timely manner.

Equipment Segments Produced

Equipment used in industrial manufacturing can be grouped into seven different segments. Agricultural, construction, and mining machinery; industrial machinery; commercial and service machinery are all special-purpose machinery designed for a specific industry. The four other segments include machinery used by all sectors: ventilation, heating and cooling equipment, metalworking equipment, engine-related equipment, and other general-purpose machinery.

How do companies separate themselves when it comes to industrial manufacturing? In one word: efficiency. The more efficiently a company can produce a product, the more products it can make at a lower cost, which results in higher profit margins. A major trend in this industry is using increasingly high-tech production techniques. Firms are introducing more technology in response to pressure from both domestic and foreign competitors. Robotics, computers, and programmable equipment are common, resulting in increased productivity with more efficiency and a decreased need for labor.

What’s the Difference Between Industrial Manufacturing and Custom Manufacturing?

The manufacturing industry is made up of two core branches—industrial and custom manufacturing. While there are some similarities between the two, each one has its different processes and priorities. As a result, the role their ERP (enterprise resource planning) platforms play within the organizations is naturally different.

In industrial manufacturing, products are configured to order. Customers can order a stock product, and while they have the flexibility to alter certain features of the order, they are still limited to a catalog of pre-designed products. In custom manufacturing, unique products are designed or engineered to order. Custom manufacturers place a premium on ERP systems that bring flexibility and agility. Industrial manufacturers, on the other hand, covet operational efficiency. Unlike in custom manufacturing, where every product is different, industrial manufacturers benefit from predictability and repetition throughout the process.

Pandemic Recovery

Like nearly every walk of life, industrial manufacturing was severely impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic posed sudden and drastic challenges as demand for products fell while others increased, and geopolitical trade conditions severely disrupted access to markets, distribution channels, and suppliers. The speed of recovery for industrial manufacturing is highly dependent on the rate of recovery for supply and demand.  While customer orders soared for many companies the backlog of material availability has continued and costs have risen.

Companies in this industry will need to utilize key market data to inform long-term strategic decisions based on shifts in demand and their own downstream impacts.  Creativity, collaboration and communication will be key to the success of many industrial manufactures.

Do you want to learn more about how Cass can help with your industrial manufacturing needs? Check out our full list of capabilities here, and our list of industries served here.

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Cass Delivering Prototype Machined Parts

In 2020 Cass Precision Machining launched C-RPM (Cass Rapid Proto Machining), a new service that supports Cass customers with build-to-print rapid prototyping parts. The response from customers has been exceptional and Cass has now produced over 30 prototype parts.

The goal of C-RPM is to supply customers with machining expertise and design for manufacturing engineering consulting to deliver the finished part they desire.

The expert C-RPM team at Cass offers quick-turn responses in each prototyping phase:

  • Feasibility Review
  • Small-quantity fitment builds
  • Refining of prototype
  • Concept/pre-production demonstration runs
  • Full production runs

The goal of the C-RPM team is to supply customers with a “complete” part based on the customer’s print that can then be easily turned into production parts. Cass provides C-RPM material consulting, machining expertise, and coordinated services to deliver the finished parts customers are looking for. Your C-RPM team is ready to provide rapid responses to your prototype parts needs with part size ranges from up to eight inches in diameter to 26 inches in overall length.

Opening our C-RPM service adds another key step in Cass’s evolution of providing a broader range of solutions for our customers,” said Jim Garvin, Cass’s President. “This new business unit adds another facet to supporting clients’ supply chain needs over the full life cycle of their parts.”

The C-RPM cell can handle a wide range of materials, including alloys, carbon, stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, brass, bronze, machinable plastics, and more. CNC milling and complex turning capability are the cornerstones of the C-RPM unit.

Finishing services include anodizing, heat treating, plating, shot peening, custom packaging, light assembly, and more.

“At Cass, we’re proud of our long tradition of listening to our customers and taking the appropriate actions as a reliable partner that our clients can trust,” said Garvin. “Cass-Rapid Proto Machining lines up with the growing needs of clients and enables us to support more creative design solutions.”

Cass Precision Machining has made a concerted effort to ramp up our C-RPM initiatives by investing in two machines that help us turn out quality parts in a timely fashion.

The Tsugami M08SY Turning Center with Y-axis allows Cass to perform highly complex machining, such as turning, drilling, boring, cross-drilling, and CNC milling. The main and sub-spindle are equipped with integral built-in spindle motors, which minimize vibration and provide superior accel/decel for heavy-duty cutting and fine finishing.

The Doosan 5700 Mill is part of a series that offers larger cutting space by 6%, bigger table sizes by 14%, and heavier loads by 25% while maintaining the same overall footprint as the previous generation. The new DNM series features direct-coupled, thru-coolant type spindles as standard, providing 8,000 rpm (15/11 kW) and 12,000 rpm (18.5/11 kW). Vibration and noise are greatly reduced during high-speed operations, and thermal displacement is also improved. The direct-drive spindles also contribute to faster accel/decel rates, and tool change times have also been optimized to reduce non-cutting time.

Send our C-RPM team your prints, or we can discuss your design ideas online. Our prototype team can handle a wide range of materials as mentioned above—challenge us with your material requirements!

C-RPM Machining—CNC Milling and Live Tool Lathe machines are the cornerstones of the cell.

The finishing services Cass customers have come to expect lead to the rapid delivery of prototype parts that boost your production line.



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Announcing Single-Spindle Screw Machining Availability at Cass

At Cass Precision Machining we hope the end of the year finds you and your business safe and healthy. We are encouraged to see that, according to Deloitte Insights, the global manufacturing sector performed exceptionally well in November. The global manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ indices) increased to 53.7, a 33-month high and one of the highest levels in the past decade. Deloitte states that the PMI (forward-looking indicators meant to signal the direction of activity) was driven by strong growth of output, new orders, and favorable sentiment. The PMI in the United States alone is at 56.7, a six-year high.

That’s great news for everyone in manufacturing as we head toward 2021!

We have more great news for all of you who are trying to fill all of your year-end orders and need parts. Cass has availability on our 17 single-spindle Brown & Sharpe automatic screw machines. These machines feed single bars at a time and ideal for making washers, smaller pins, service parts (that are smaller orders), smaller bushings, and some specialty parts that are usually under a ½”. These single-spindle screw machines typically do short runs, anywhere from 100 to 1,000 pieces at a time, and can process a wide-variety of materials, including cold-rolled carbon steels, alloys, aluminum, brass, bronze, some series of stainless steels, tubing, and selected plastics.

The bar diameters our machines can handle range from .125 inches (3.175 mm) up to 2 inches (50.8 mm). From a part geometry perspective, the overall length of parts start at .030 inches (.762 mm) and run up to 4.0 inches (101.6 mm). When work on one or both ends is exclusively required, part lengths as high as six feet can be run on this equipment. Standard tolerances on our single-spindle screw machines are +/- .005 inches (.127 mm); however, depending on the material selected, +/- .002 inches (.050 mm) can be achieved.

Again, our Brown & Sharpe single-spindle automatic screw machines can handle part diameters up to 2 inches (50.8 mm), and lengths up to 4 inches (101.6 mm) and in some instances up to six feet.

If you’re in need of short runs on smaller parts, give us a call immediately at 763-535-0501 to see if the availability of our single-spindle screw machines can help you expedite your parts manufacturing needs!