NX CAM Increases Overall Productivity by 40 Percent for Armo Tool Limited

By Stephanie Aldrete

Check out the Armo Tool and Siemens PLM Software success story, CAM Software is the key to continuous improvement, published in the March issue of Modern Machine Shop.

Armo-Tool Limited (London, Ontario, Canada), a die-mold company, integrated NX CAM’s die-mold machining, feature-based machining, 5-axis machining, CAD/CAM integration and tool management capabilities as part of its continuous improvement initiative and achieved a 40 percent increase in productivity.

The Problem:  

During this process of examining its CAM environment, the company found that it was difficult to simultaneously work with both 2D and 3D files as well as open all files without translation. Armo Tool also discovered a number of limitations with their previous process and CAM system, especially when attempting to program complex geometry.

The Epiphany:

Because Armo Tool had used NX CAD to design dies for many years, NX CAM was a natural fit. NX CAM enabled data to be used without being translated—a really strong benefit for the company.Armo Tool decided to implement NX CAM to take advantage of solids-based programming.

The Execution:

NX CAM can open files without the need for translation, even for the automation side of the business which uses SolidWorks. Without changing CAD procedures, the feature-based capabilities of NX CAM recognize about 90 percent of existing model features.

The Results:

By implementing NX CAM with feature based machining technology and programming of multiple parts in tombstone fixturing, along with new CNC machines, the company increased overall productivity by 40 percent.

For us, it’s always been about the design and the innovation. We’ve always had a first-class deliverable. Now, with NX, we’ve moved into the domain of world-class CNC machining.

Ben Whitney, President, Armo Tool

Read the complete success story from Modern Machine Shop.

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