"We cut setup times from hours to minutes."
— Drew H. & Luca B. | Bombardier
"Our setups used to take 2 hours. With your modular fixtures it only takes 20 minutes or so."
— Larry B. & Pete L. | LMI Aerospace/Precise Machine
"We reduced our cycle time on one part from 8 hours to 12 minutes, using Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners."
— Jeff B. | Advanced Precision Machining Inc.
On today’s podcast, we interview Rick Miller, owner, and co-founder of Elijah Tooling, a company that sells innovative CNC work holding equipment. Rick has a knack for coming up with unique products and has several patents in the work holding sector. He says that innovative ideas are vital for success but getting customers to buy into those ideas is what makes for a successful business.
Question: What tool would you like to see invented?
So what we're going to do, is we're going to load our vices, we're going to load a part, we're going to probe it in, we're going to cut it. And then, we're going to go to the next step; which is to load our trunnion, load it, load a part and start it up. What's the point? Well, we're trying to show you how fast you can load and unload your parts of course. And then, also how fast it is to bring the trunnion in, and precisely locate it; get it into place and start machining with it.
At Cessna, we eliminated over 90% of our dedicated tools by using Elijah Tooling's invert-a-bolt fasteners on a universal common modular fixture. This one fixture was able to run hundreds of different parts over the same tool. Granted, you need to tab or picture frame your part, but that's a small cost compared to the savings in tooling, storage, maintenance and retrieval. Plus, your bolts are always right there when you need them.
— CESSNA Employee - Review found on the forum of practicalmachinist.com
Hey, as you can see there's a stream right behind me and if you listen carefully, you can hear the rain falling. I'm actually not in my normal location: Denton, Texas. I'm up in the Hochatown, Oklahoma. A lot of people call it Broken Bow because Broken Bow is nearby, but I'm on sabbatical.