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What Are “Lights Out” Machining Services? Advantages and Applications

Innovations in Robotic Handling and Automated Manufacturing Solutions

As the name suggests, “lights out” machining services allow for production to continue around the clock – even after the machine shop lights are turned out. Lights out manufacturing plans rely upon advanced factory automation technology and robotic handling systems which enable 24/7 production.

Experienced American contract manufacturers like GPR Company utilize these critical technologies to offer high-capacity, rapid-response CNC machining services which are both efficient and cost competitive.

What Is “Lights Out” Machining and Factory Automated Manufacturing?

Conventional manual machining centers require a skilled human machinist to control the tools and perform all of the meticulous metalworking operations. CNC machining services take accuracy and repeatability to a new level by precisely controlling every function of the machine with intricate preprogrammed engineering software.

Lights out machining services take the manufacturing efficiency even further through the integration of automated material handling features such as automatic loading/unloading systems. Minimum human input is required to start then oversee the machining processes, thus labor costs are reduced while production quality and consistency are maximized.

Unmanned manufacturing is especially advantageous for long-term contract manufacturing projects, as well as high-volume runs of custom machined parts. Your company will essentially be saving money with every product that rolls off the line due to the advanced automation technology we utilize at GPR Company.

GPR’s Automated CNC Machining Services and Robotically Controlled Manufacturing Capabilities:

  • Mazak Integrex 200 IV – 7 Axis Mill/Turn Center:
    • 8-inch diameter main chuck
    • 26-inch maximum swing
    • Setup for lights out manufacturing
    • Robotic Load/Unload
    • Complete parts manufactured in one cycle
    • 120 tool storage capacity
    • 20 millionths resolution
  • Mazak Integrex I200S – 5 Axis Mill/Turn Center
    • 8-inch diameter main chuck
    • 26-inch maximum swing
    • Setup for lights out manufacturing
    • Robotic Load/Unload
    • Complete parts manufactured in one cycle
    • 72 tool storage capacity
    • 20 millionths resolution
  • 16 Pallet System: Robotically-fed and integrated with two CNC machining centers.
    • Mazak FH 580 Horizontal Machining Center
    • Mazak FH 5800 Horizontal Machining Center
  • 16 Pallet System: Robotically-fed and integrated with three horizontal machining centers
    • (3) Mazak FH 4800 Horizontal Machining Centers
  • 24 Pallet System: Robotically fed and integrated with a 5-axis mill/turn machine as well as a horizontal CNC machining center.
    • Mazak FH 6800 Horizontal Machining Center
    • Mazak 1060 V/6-II Horizontal Mill/Turn – Vertical Turning Center – Simultaneous 5-Axis Operation

Your Single-Source CNC Machine Shop Offering Automated Manufacturing

GPR Company is a premium American contract manufacturer based out of Fairfield, New Jersey since 1979. Today, our machine shop is integrated with some of the industry’s most capable and advanced automated manufacturing technology. Our innovative CNC equipment combined with our unrivaled craftsmanship have set our company apart from our competitors since 1979.

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