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KME CNC

since, KME CNC has specialized in offering manufacturers five-axis systems built right into the tombstone. Reynolds says the company's customer range
from small mom-and-pop manufacturers to some of
the world's biggest operations. "Because of our particular product line, our customer base is pretty broad,"
he says, adding that the company's five-axis systems
can be found in the automotive, aerospace and medical
manufacturing sectors, among others.

Versatile Machines
The diverse nature of KME CNC's customer base is testament to the versatility and utility of its systems. The
company's equipment can convert three-axis vertical
machining centers or four-axis horizontal machining
systems into five-axis production machines. According
to the company, its standard five-axis tombstone comes
standard with four platters, but can be customized to include more platters based on the customer's needs. This
allows customers to machine multiple five-axis projects
in a single setup, with the option to drive each platter independently or all at once. The end result, the company
says, is reduced setup time, less waste, greater accuracy
and more productivity overall.
One of the most important elements of the company's
five-axis systems is that all of them utilize transponders
to communicate with the tombstone wirelessly. Reynolds says the across-the-board wireless capability is one
of the strongest advantages KME CNC's equipment has
because of the added flexibility it gives customers. "All of
our devices have brains in them," he says.
Another significant advantage KME CNC has working
in its favor is that it is an American-based manufacturer, and all of its equipment is made in the United States.
That means the company not only has a better grasp of
what its customers require than an overseas manufacturer would, but Reynolds says the proximity to its customers also gives KME CNC greater flexibility to fulfill
custom requests. Reynolds explains that the company is
able to build systems to suit each customer's specific requirements. "I don't know that a lot of other tool builder
do that," he says.

West

vide. "Our real competition is evolution," Reynolds says.
"For us, the biggest challenge is just getting the word out,
more than anything."
Fortunately, the manufacturing sector is changing in
such a way that KME CNC's five-axis systems could be
the solutions needed for a growing segment of the industry. As more manufacturers institute lights-out CNC machining and pallet-pool machining into their operations,
the need for flexibility and quick-change setups becomes
more prevalent. Reynolds says this is where KME CNC
can bring a lot of value to such operations, and the company is hard at work keeping its name and its products
out in front of those potential customers.
Additionally, KME CNC is always looking for new ways
to improve upon its forward-thinking equipment. Reynolds says the company's goal is to push wireless technology forward in the marketplace to anticipate customers'
needs before they even know what those needs are themselves. "We're always looking for what the next need is in
our environment," he says. mt

New Frontiers
With the innovative solutions it provides, Reynolds says
KME CNC's biggest challenge is making sure it stays at
the forefront of the industry and keeping potential customers aware of the many advantages its systems proMARCH/APRIL 2016 manufacturing-today.com

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