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moldmakingtechnology.com 29 "We were hearing and seeing that happen, and then it was not long before we started feeling it," he says. "It negatively affected our lead times and our deliv- ery dates, and it was causing us to pay excessive overtime to compensate for services that our sub-suppliers used to be able to provide us in the past." Hill says that he began researching various brands of gundrill machines, knowing that his company had to bring that capability in-house as soon as possible. Molds that Midwest Mold builds often run in 2,000-ton and 2,500- ton injection presses. "But, our sweet spot is in the 300- to 750-ton range, and the majority of our machines are set up around that X and Y travel, size-wise," he says. Purchasing a gundrill that would be large enough to accommodate the molds Midwest Mold was building required Hill to custom-order it and be patient. "It's the same with any of the gundrill manufacturers for machines of that size, whether it's a German manufacturer or U.S or European, the gundrill is a built-to-order machine," he says. "So, we knew that we would have to get in line and wait our turn. When your machine is done, it is done." While he was searching, Hill also contacted Dan Meehan, president of Performance Machinery LLC (Sterling Heights, Michigan), a CNC machine supplier with whom Midwest Mold has built a 20-year relationship. It turned out that Meehan was in negotiations with Cheto Corp. S.A. (Cheto) to be its U.S. distributor. "The timing was perfect," Hill says. Meehan explains that he met Carlos Teixeira, Cheto's CEO, at IMTS 2016 and immediately saw a great potential partner whose technology was just starting to take off in Portugal and Europe. "We both felt it also could make a sincere impact on the U.S. mold-building community," he says. Not Your Ordinary CNC "The more that Dan and I talked, the more I got exposed to Cheto's equipment and capabilities, which were unlike anything that I had ever seen before," Hill says. "This machine can do the milling. It can do the deep-hole drilling, and it can do all the 2D work on one machine. The workpiece goes on this machine, and it does not come off until 100 percent of the 2D work is completed." The Cheto IXN2000 is a seven-axis machine. The automatic rotary table measures 1,600 millimeters by 1,300 millimeters and the spindle speed is 4,500 rpm. According to Cheto, the all-in-one concept enables moldmakers to per- form multiple operations with one setup, including deep-hole drilling, radial drilling, milling, tapping and boring. "It is not simultaneous machining like a ›ive-axis CNC, but the Cheto has seven movements," Hill says. The pivot point The Cheto IXN2000 is a seven-axis machine. The automatic rotary table measures 1,600 millimeters by 1,300 millimeters and spindle speed is 4,500 rpm. The all-in-one concept enables moldmakers to perform multiple operations with one setup, including deep-hole drilling, radial drilling, milling, tapping and boring. For Midwest Mold Services, its ability to drill 40 inches in one direction is a significant benefit. For Sales and Support contact: Call: 909.941.0600 Email: info@albaent.com www.ALBAENT.com INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS Micro Injection Molding Machines Save Time, Save Money on Every Mold Change Quick Knockout Couplers Vega Gives the Mold Designer Flexible Command of Optimizing the Cylinder Around the Mold Established Production Machines that are Small, Flexible, Efficient, Fast, Quiet and Simple to Use Cylinders Designed for Molds

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