Solar Adds Machining Capacity with CNC Lathe
December 18, 2019
To support rapid growth within their mechanical testing department, Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania has recently invested in a new Haas ST-10 CNC lathe.
The Haas ST-10’s 6,000 rpm spindle features an automatic tool changer with a 12-station, bolt-on tool turret, allowing Solar’s machining center to automatically change tools at the push of a button. This results in significant time- and cost-savings over Solar’s original TL-1 Haas lathe, which requires up to five manual tool changes to produce one tensile specimen. The investment in an automated lathe results in a 50% savings in the production of a variety of round tensile specimens. The TL-1 lathe will be retained as back-up in the case of an unexpected breakdown.
The increased machining efficiency of the Haas ST-10 improves turnaround for the customer at the final stage in the thermal process, obtaining the tensile test results of processed materials. Previously performed by an outside company, the opportunity to bring this testing in-house saves the customer time and money. Says Bob Hill, president of Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania, “This new CNC machining center will ultimately support our overall goal of becoming Nadcap Laboratory Testing AC 7101 approved. We have learned in the past that keeping these processes in-house is a benefit not just to Solar, but to our customers, as well.”