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Boston Centerless Offering Skilled Material® to Improve CNC Swiss Productivity

Skilled Material® bars from Boston Centerless address challenges faced by CNC machine shops regarding the need for highly skilled operators and lowering overall cost of production. The process of CNC Swiss screw machining relies heavily on the quality of bar materials in order to run smoothly. Variations in material diameter, straightness and roundness greatly impact the success of component manufacturing.

With 40 years of hands on experience, Boston Centerless has developed a deep understanding of how diameter, straightness and roundness tolerances can dramatically affect the effectiveness and efficiency of CNC Swiss screw machining operations. The underlying factor is that with variation in any of the dimensional variables stated above, the Swiss turning operations are inconsistent and more difficult to control. The inconsistent operation requires more human (labor) input into the process, which puts more demand on the skilled labor and increases cost associated with that labor.

The reliability and consistency of Skilled Material bars removes variation at the outset, making the process much more robust and predictable, allowing for a confident and dramatic reduction of labor input required to keep the process in control and produce good parts. In addition, total cost savings can come in the form of reduced downtime, longer tool life, faster production times and less scrap. Skilled Material allows for machines to run unattended or lights out, further reducing costs. Simply put, Skilled Material addresses the two largest issues facing manufacturers today: lack of skilled labor and pressure to reduce costs. Material integrity and traceability are always part of the Skilled Material process. Laser marking, RFX Material Verification and UT Testing are additional capabilities offered to ensure compliance. (Source: Boston Centerless)


Boston Centerless can handle all aspects of supply chain management, including inventory management programs. The company has grown its distribution over recent years, and participated in a Materials Supplier Roundtable for BONEZONE in 2013.