Addition of a Sixth, 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center
Continued growth at Clinkenbeard, a Rockford, Illinois-based worldwide leader in the rapid production of complex castings and machined parts using a wide variety of metals and plastics, has allowed the company to recently expand its capacity by adding a 5-axis vertical milling machine (VMC) to its stable of CNC and milling machines. This is the sixth five-axis VMC for Clinkenbeard.
The major benefit of five-axis machining is the ability to machine complex shapes in a single set-up. This gives greater machining productivity compared to performing the job in a series of set ups, as well as significantly reducing the time and cost of preparing fixtures.
“Minimizing the time spent on setup operations, reducing overall machine cycle times and maximizing ultimate machine cutting performance are just some of the advantages our customers in industries from aerospace to automotive to diesel engine are used to and will continue to realize with this exciting VMC,” explained Ron Gustafson, president of Clinkenbeard.
Clinkenbeard is a worldwide leader in the rapid production of complex castings and machined parts using a wide variety of metals and plastics. The company’s principal markets include US defense and government, aerospace, auto racing, diesel engine, heavy truck, marine, industrial, power generation and agricultural.
One of Clinkenbeard’s key metrics of success is its adherence to meeting and exceeding the time-to-market requirements of its customers. The company’s slogan is “Fasterestest.”
The patented Clinkenbeard® Toolingless Process is industry renown for producing metal castings efficiently, affordably and extremely fast. The process is based on machining sand cores and molds without the expense of tooling. All machining is done using CNC, which produces superior speed and accuracy.
For more information, contact Ron Jr. (Reg) Gustafson, Clinkenbeard program manager, 815.226.0291.