Productivity improvement using Special-Purpose Modular machine tools
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering
Often, when highly accurate components are to be produced in relatively large volumes, manufacturers may not have a clear idea in utilising widely used CNC machines or less commonly used Special-Purpose Modular (SPM) machine tools. Consequently, the most economical method may not be selected. This paper helps manufacturers in deciding the most economical method by presenting the basic components of SPM machines and how they are used, the necessary steps in configuring these machines, and a detailed economical analysis while presenting a real case study where a comparison of the unit costs per part is made.