Delcam's PowerMILL gives five-axis flexibility to Centro Richerche Cagiva
The addition of Delcam’s PowerMILL and a DMG five-axis machining centre has increased the manufacturing flexibility at Centro Richerche Cagiva based in the Republic of San Marino. The centre undertakes research and manufactures prototypes for the whole Cagiva group, including the road and the racing versions of the Agusta and Husqvarna motorcycles.
"We face constant pressure from our Japanese competitors, both on the race track and in the show room,” said Gioacchino Rossini from the centre’s CNC Machining Department. "By introducing five-axis machining, we will improve our productivity when we are making prototypes for new bike development. It will also increase efficiency with the short series production of components that we undertake for our special series bikes.”
Like many other companies, Cagiva added PowerMILL because its previous software could not support five-axis machining. The Delcam system was recommended by a local collaborator, who praised not only the quality of the system but also the support provided by Delcam Italia.
The increased use of CAD data for inspection is part of a general trend in manufacturing in which the three-dimensional CAD model has replaced the drawing as the main source of reference data. Most design data is now issued to sub-contractors as CAD models rather than as drawings. It is more efficient and reliable to allow inspection directly against the CAD model than against drawings generated from that model.
The Delcam guide describes both inspection with a range of specialist equipment, including both static and portable coordinate measuring machines, and the increasingly popular methods for on-machine verification. Videos of typical inspection operations of each type are included to make it easy to compare the results possible with different approaches.
The release of the Delcam guide comes at a time when companies need to pay more attention than ever to their inspection procedures. The rise of the "quality culture” has meant that companies can no longer rely on their reputation when quoting for work. They must also be able to demonstrate the quality of their products in much more formal ways. Companies supplying the aerospace and medical sectors must meet particularly stringent requirements for documented quality standards. However, with customers in all sectors ever more ready to resort to litigation in any dispute, every manufacturing company must pay increasing attention to its quality standards.
In addition, the introduction of more automated machining and assembly operations, often involving robots, means that components must reach a higher level of consistency. Significant differences between one part and the next cannot be accommodated in these systems, making it even more important that any components that are out of specification are identified and removed from the production line as soon as possible.