Century Tool and Tebis combine for weight and speed
Century Tool has won success processing large workpieces; now, with help from software provider Tebis, they are doing it faster and more efficiently than ever.
Century Tool & Gage (Fenton, MI) knows big workpieces. The company, which has made a name for itself building compression molds and secondary tooling for the automotive, heavy truck, aerospace and personal watercraft industries, includes tooling for large exterior body panels like roofs, hoods and deck lids among its portfolio of products. “We have the ability to handle blocks of up to 60 tons and machine block sizes up to 100-in. wide by 300-in. long,” notes Mickey Guckian, CAD/CAM manager at Century.
Early on, Century realized that success in its chosen field demanded first-rate technology, like Jobs high speed five-axis machining centers with bed sizes ranging from 80 x 200-in. to 140 x 220-in., Jo'Mach vertical mills with five-axis heads for both roughing and high speed finishing, and Heyligenstaedt vertical mills capable of handling up to 20 tons of weight on the bed plate, among other top performers. They used the same philosophy when picking a CAM system, and chose Tebis.
“Tebis is considered to be the industry's best software for 5-axis machining,” says Kevin Cummings, engineering manager at Century. “It combines quality and flexibility, and gives our customers the highest degree of accuracy and speed.”
“Specifically, we do a lot of large components such as truck molds, etc.,” reiterates Mickey Guckian, CAD/CAM manager for Century, “and one of the things that Tebis does really well is larger jobs.”
"Programming 3+2 milling is substantially easier in Tebis than the other softwares we have seen. The guys here claim they would never program with the other software again if they do not have to."
CNC milling, turning and grinding
- Century Tool and Tebis combine for weight and speed
- Roughing was 30 % faster with Tebis than with the software package they have been using
- Surface finish improvements
Fenton, MI, United States