Biomet Moves to Mill-Turn Machines

Biomet Sports Medicine has announced it is now using multifunction mill-turn machines to reduce setup time, instead of conventional computer numerical control (CNC) turning centres.

The move has allowed the company, which produces devices to help patients regain fitness after surgery, to machine some of its parts in a single setup, without the need for deburring.

According to Biomet machine shop lead David Fransden, the improvement has saved the company $40,000 a year.

The company has employed DP Technology's ESPRIT CNC programming software, which Fransden said has helped the company to move operations between spindles and tools, and evaluate the resulting performance.

Doing so has allowed Biomet to improve its operations by avoiding crashes, and it has been able to reduce cycle times as a result.