Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lowell adds another Tsugami S206!

We are adding another Tsugami S206 to our Swiss department!  The 6 axis S206 has 12,000 RPM main and sub-spindles and 8,000 RPM live tooling that enables our operators to machine with both spindles simultaneously.  A Fanuc 32i-A CNC controller, 35 tool capacity, bar feeder and chip conveyer round out the package.  Lowell has invested over half a million dollars in the last 30 days for the Tsugami S206 and the Nakamura WT-100.  We are committed to increasing our turning equipment to shorten lead times and boost capacity.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chill Out!

In addition to extra capacity, new manufacturing equipment generates lots of extra heat.  So our latest equipment purchase this year goes on the roof!  On a bluebird day in Minnesota our HVAC contractor is installing a new 20 ton Lennox Strategos rooftop unit.  According to the folks from Lennox, the Strategos is the most energy efficient rooftop unit in the industry.  What's important to Lowell is that the added HVAC capacity helps maintain a constant temperature on our manufacturing floor and that's critical to machining conforming parts.