A to Z Machine Co. Was challenged with increasing its current capacity to better serve a diverse and growing customer base. Criteria for a machine selection included a large work envelope machining capacity maintaining high levels of accuracy. "We began our search with visiting area manufacturers that are utilizing various boring mills," said Dave Reiter, Partner, A to Z Machine Co. "After comparing machine specifications and options that met our criteria, we concluded that the Fermat WFT13 CNC horizontal boring mill was the most accurate, heavy-duty and versatile machine at the best price. "Service and support was another major factor in our decision to purchase the Fermat. EURO Machinery Specialists, Fermat's representative in Wisconsin, has a great staff of mechanical and electrical service engineers with many years of expertise in service, rebuilding and retrofitting all types of machinery. The comfort level we had with EURO, combined with everything we saw and learned about the Fermat, made it a very clear choice." Almost all of A to Z's machinery has a different control than the new Fermat machine. After A to Z's company personnel visited a user of a Fermat boring mill that had a Heidenhain iTNC530 control, the decision was made to have the new machine installed with a Heidenhain. "After a minor learning curve the Heidenhain has really proven to be an ideal CNC for shops like us - job shop one-off part runs on the larger workpieces," said Reiter. Features of the Fermat WFT13 CNC horizontal boring mill include: • 5.1" spindle diameter, CAT 50, 3,100 RPM • 75 HP • 157" x 98" x 67" XYZ travels • 29" W travel (spindle) • 79" x 95" 20 ton full fourth axis rotary table • 300 PSI coolant through spindle • 90° milling head / 3,000 RPM • Spindle support sleeve • Heidenhain iTNC 530 CNC control. The machine is used to machine large parts of various sizes and materials. "We are pleased with our Fermat," said Reiter. "It has proven to be all we thought it would be. The machine produces good surface finishes due to its rigidity and heavy-duty design. The rigidity allows us in some cases to take greater depths of cut. The accuracy has been very good as well. The size capability allows us to machine parts larger than we could have in the past. We would certainly purchase another Fermat in the future." A to Z's 95,000 sq. ft. Facility features 39 CNC machines ranging from 16" x 20" vertical machining centers (VMCs) up to a 98" x 160" Yama Seiki AWEA bridge-type VMC and 10" chuck horizontal lathes up to its largest Doosan CNC horizontal turning center with 32" chuck, 200" between centers. Horizontal capacity ranges from 19" square pallet machining centers up to its Fermat boring mill with 157" x 98" capacity. A to Z uses the latest Gibbs, Solidworks, Autocad and E2 shoptech software. The company also has a 2,500 sq. ft. Weld shop and is ISO 9001/2008 certified. A to Z's goal is to continuously manage growth through the following: • Continuously meeting or exceeding customers' expectations for product quality and performance • Timely delivery that meets customers' requirements • Continual improvement of procedures, processes, systems and machinery • Ongoing training of its teams abilities and culture. For more information contact: Dave Reiter, Partner A to Z Machine Co. 2701 E. Winslow Ave. Appleton, WI54911 920-993-0640 email@example.com www.atozmachine.com Paul Mandelbaum Lucas Precision 13020 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44108 216-451-5588 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.lucasprecision.com Petra Mrkvova, Export Department Fermat Machinery Prumyslova 11 102 19 Prague 10 Czech Republic Cell: 011-420-773-690-135 petra.mrkvova @fermatmachinery.com www.fermatmachinery.com
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