Case Study - Tronics

“Over our twenty year working relationship, Aldus Engineering’s CNC machine expertise provides us with high-quality machined parts at a competitive cost and within the agreed lead time. Their precision engineering has earned our utmost confidence." – Ken Sky, General Manager of Tronics AU & NZ

Step 1: Project Kickoff

Aldus Engineering and Tronics meet to discuss the project details, specifications, expectations, and any specific requirements Tronics have for their latest machine.

Step 2: Design

If Tronics doesn't have the digital design files, Aldus Engineering works with them to create the necessary computer-aided design (CAD) / computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) files. This creates a 3D digital model of the components needed by Tronics.

Step 3: Programming

The design from Aldus Engineering's SolidCam software is then translated into a set of instructions that AE’s CNC machine can understand, such as tool paths, cutting depths, feed rates, and other parameters.

Step 4: Material Selection & Procurement

Aldus Engineering then choose the appropriate materials based on Tronics specifications and book Tronics work into the production schedule according to their timeline requirements.

Step 5: Setup and Machine Preparation

Aldus Engineering’s machine operator selects cutting tools such as drills, end mills, or lathes, that are needed for the design and sets them upon the CNC machine. The instructions from the SolidCam software are then loaded into the machine’s control unit. This is known as the CNC program.

Initial tests are then run to ensure that the machine is producing the part according to the program specifications.

Step 6: Execution, Automation, and Precision

The CNC machine then dictates and directs the movement of the cutting tools based on the specified tool paths it’s read from the program and shapes the custom piece into its desired form.

This automated process allows for precise and repeatable controlled movements, ensuring accurate and consistent results.

Step 7: Quality Control and Inspections

Aldus Engineering implements quality control measures using a CMM (coordinate measuring machine) throughout the production process and regular updates are given to Tronics on the progress of their project.

At various stages of production, Aldus Engineering conduct inspections and testing to verify the quality of the parts, including measurements, visual checks, and functional tests.

Step 8: Finishing, Post Processing, and Assembly

Aldus Engineering’s machine operator monitors the process and inspects the workpiece for quality. Once the machining is complete, the component may undergo additional processes such as deburring, polishing, or surface treatment to achieve the desired finish and quality.

Once the parts pass the final quality inspection, they are packaged (and sometimes assembled if multiple components have been ordered), and shipped to Tronics.

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