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  1. Thread: Apogee

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    Yes to both really. Being only able to get gas...

    Yes to both really. Being only able to get gas one day a week from a major supplier is ridiculous so this gives us independence as you say, it also fixes our running costs.

    The generators use...
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    A new equipment day, well new to us. In order to...

    A new equipment day, well new to us. In order to run the laser with have to hold a number of 15 cylinder banks for nitrogen and oxygen purge gasses. Over the last few years this keeps adding up,...
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    Well it has been busy these last few months, a...

    Well it has been busy these last few months, a lot on and never enough time. One of our main customer bases is historic race cars. Normally we get a bunch of broken or worn out parts and have to re...
  5. Thread: Apogee

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    A quick one for anyone good on Mazaks. Our H415...

    A quick one for anyone good on Mazaks. Our H415 HMC with M Plus has decided to develop a weird quirk over the last few days. It will run for hours on end and then suddenly shut the controller off as...
  6. Thread: Apogee

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    Thanks, It always happens when you have deadlines...

    Thanks, It always happens when you have deadlines to hit!

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    A little bit of folding and welding later.

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    Thankfully it all fitted back together as I...
  7. Thread: Apogee

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    Started up the HMC and ran one cycle this...

    Started up the HMC and ran one cycle this morning, came back to unload the parts and found that it had somehow managed to chew up the front of one of the Z axis slideway covers. Why does it have to...
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    wheelieking sorry to hear the issues I don't know...

    wheelieking sorry to hear the issues I don't know how much I can advise but I can give you three examples of not too dissimilar situations. The one thing I found was that you need to try and have a...
  9. Thread: Apogee

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    I do totally agree that having production is very...

    I do totally agree that having production is very useful to the bottom line of a shop and there is something satisfying about being able to call up a program and tool file and press go knowing that...
  10. Thread: Apogee

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    One of things that got me into engineering was...

    One of things that got me into engineering was the need for problem solving and planning. How do you get from a piece of paper that a customer has managed to draw in 10 minutes with sometimes no idea...
  11. Thread: Apogee

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    Here is a close up of the bite profile on the...

    Here is a close up of the bite profile on the jaw.
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  12. Thread: Apogee

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    Those are running on a 10" as well. I'll get a...

    Those are running on a 10" as well. I'll get a picture tomorrow of a jaw for you. We basically take a set of 10" soft jaws, laser cut some 10mm steel plate to the basic shape, weld them om. The...
  13. Thread: Apogee

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    Here is a fun job we are doing at the moment 12"...

    Here is a fun job we are doing at the moment 12" dia 6082. Need a set of custom Frankenstein jaws to hold the billet. This is going to be 4 operations per part with the last finishing operation...
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    Once we had the grid up we could get some light...

    Once we had the grid up we could get some light units in and wired up so for the first time in 8 months we could see properly.

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  15. Thread: Apogee

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    Well the original intention was to get every...

    Well the original intention was to get every thing built back up over the following couple of months, that was wishful thinking! Due to the sky high costs of getting in a contractor we decided to do...
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    A colleague and I loaded up the van and headed...

    A colleague and I loaded up the van and headed off to the site about an hour and a half from us. Directed to the location in the factory and left to it. The machine was in a conditioned partitioned...
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    A lot of the the work we do is for the deep sea...

    A lot of the the work we do is for the deep sea oil and gas and motor sport sectors and we are regularly working to 0.01/.02mm. While most of our inspection is done via manually means, micrometers,...
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    Mazak H400 Belleville Spring Change

    Well I guess this can be counted as the next project.

    Around a year ago we found a second hand Mazak H400 with twin pallet. It was being sold by an ex Mazak service engineer who was working on...
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    Having the pallet rotated should not stop you...

    Having the pallet rotated should not stop you homing the machine. I have a H400 with an M Plus control and I can home that at any B axis angle. Can you confirm if the pallet is still un-clamped? You...
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    Congratulates on the new machine, I hope it all...

    Congratulates on the new machine, I hope it all works out for you.

    I will start a new thread on what I have experienced as I would be interested in hearing what peoples thoughts are on the...
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    Sorry let me clarify, those images were taken mid...

    Sorry let me clarify, those images were taken mid 2016, two months after the machine was delivered. The machine left us this year almost two years to the date it was delivered. The machine was a...
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    I believe a picture says 1000 words about a...

    I believe a picture says 1000 words about a critical systems performance on a top end machine system that needs to be relied upon on a daily basis to produce.

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  23. Thread: Apogee

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    I know I started this shop thread quite a while...

    I know I started this shop thread quite a while ago and I haven't updated it, work has just been manic and it is difficult to find time for the day to day requirements.

    How many of you have had...
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    When I got the machine it had a box full of...

    When I got the machine it had a box full of documentation including all the mechanical and electrical details. If you are missing some Mazak should be able to supply them if not I have found them on...
  25. Thread: Apogee

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    Apogee

    Over the past few years I have enjoyed reading about your stories, adventures and nightmares here and thought that I might replicate with my own. A large number of you have been very helpful with a...
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