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We currently have a 7 YO, 6 head Weinig moulder. We need another moulder dedicated for running S4S.
We can either buy a used, 5 head for the S4S or do a up grade to a new, better moulder and use our current moulder for S4S. We could easily buy the used now, have to think hard for a new upgrade.
We are a custom shop doing many change overs. We do no run any production, long runs.
A wise man once said to me you donít make money doing setups.
Would an HSK NC controlled machine enable you to get more business/more work out the door?
Recently several of these machines went for 60-70 k. The support equipment certainly adds to it.
Your 6 head is over the top for s4s.
Does the math work on stepping up?
My second thought is, once you own a Weinig it may be difficult to own something different.
As always, price is a big determining factor. 8000 - 12,000 rpms can increase production in the same amount of time.
Russ, just what I've been thinking. After doing a little research and watching a few Youtubes, going to see if Weinig makes a high speed spindle machine with quick change heads with the ability to joint knives. All without the CNC auto setup. Also a return so one operator can run it. But I will likely have to upgrade grinders also. Not gonna be cheap to go this route.
Lots to think about.
I know nothing so take this as a question.
If you do many short runs is running the moulder faster going to be the best investment?
I guess you could do the math. In an average week/month we do x amount of setups. Cnc technology would save x minutes per setup. So we save x minutes a week/month.
We run x feet per month. If we ran at the faster speed how much time would we save.
Start multiplying that out over time to find the financial consequence. Look at the investment in equipment to decide if itís worth it.
Good luck on the decision.