Lights out technology: a manufacturing methodology or philosophy that is utilized at Chasco Machine. This methodology allows a manufacturing process to be set up by a CNC machinist on a machine that may have a robot and/or a bar-feeder that can run unsupervised for extended periods of time. This process greatly decreases the time and cost without compromising the precision of manufacturing a part.
At Chasco, we operate 24/7. Our turning machines can run on weekends and over holidays, all the while parts are properly discharged, chips are removed and coolant levels are in the optimal range. It is a well thought-out process based on careful scheduling and an overall understanding of the specific requirements needed to manufacture each part. These factors include
Materials - Some materials, such as brass, machine faster than stainless steel.
Design - Simple parts simply take less time to machine than more intricate parts.
Set-up - Jobs with similar tooling requirements take less time to set up.
Integrated Coolant System
Our integrated coolant system was designed and implemented to address the challenges of high precision, high volume manufacturing, namely, the overheating of coolant.
First, to achieve tolerances required in the manufacturing of high precision parts when using unattended machining, it is necessary to address the overheating that occurs when the machines run for long periods of time. Everything expands when it gets hot. To ensure there are no fluctuations and to maintain the accuracy of the part, Chasco Machine and Manufacturing installed an underground coolant system that automatically keeps the coolant at the required temperature and levels, which insures machining consistency.
Unique to Chasco, is our development of an innovative parts accumulator that prevents parts from getting dinged as they leave the machine. Our product, the Lights Out Innovations Parts Accumulator, consists of a turntable coated with an Ultra-High Molecular Weight (UHMW) plastic that minimizes friction and prevents metal from touching any parts that go through the Accumulator, no matter how full the Accumulator is at the time.