Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 44


KME CNC
www.kmecnc.com / HQ: Irvine, Calif. / Specialty: Five-axis machining systems /
Robert Reynolds, director of sales: "All of our devices have brains in them."

West

Unexpected Success

kme cnc solved an internal problem with innovative equipment
that has now made it a bigger success. by chris petersen

it may be challenging, but
kme cnc is dedicated to
staying at the forefront of
the industry.

Many of the biggest success stories in manufacturing come about
because someone found a creative
way to solve a particular problem
and found that the solution could
be applied elsewhere. That has certainly been the case for Irvine, Calif.-based KME CNC, which found
a creative solution to an internal
problem and has turned that into a
highly successful business. The operation now solves the same problem for its manufacturing customers across the country.
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As Director of Sales Robert Reynolds explains, the company's path to
success arose unexpectedly. KME
CNC's original focus was on contract manufacturing for equipment
used in a variety of applications. The
company wasn't satisfied with the
accuracy it was seeing from its existing equipment, so it explored the
possibility of investing in five-axis
systems. However, Reynolds says,
the five-axis machine tools on the
market at the time were prohibitively expensive. The solution, he

explains, was for the company to
create its own.
In time, KME CNC designed a
five-axis system that could be built
directly into an existing tombstone,
making the existing system capable
of machining five faces of a part in
a single cycle and creating greater
productivity and accuracy. A local
distributor stopped by the company's facility and saw its five-axis
equipment, and Reynolds says the
distributor offered to buy the company's tombstones on the spot. Ever


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