Production and precision.

Position:Industry outlook 2009

Q: Customer demand is in creasing for machine configurations to increase production, yet still maintain quality. How do machine builders provide solutions for that demand?

The ability to maintain quality in a production environment begins with a high precision tool. This might seem like a logical--perhaps even obvious --step coming from Hermle's Kenneth Merk. However, the executive vice president of sales and service cites that first decision as a decisive one--an initial step that influences every one thereafter.

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"From the start, the machine must be designed for the most exacting applications and constructed to ensure precision performance over a long life," Merk said.

Five-axis capability has become the industry standard, as manufacturers and smaller operations are asked to produce an increasing number of complex part configurations in...

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