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New Manual Lathes Installed

Thanks to the generous donations from our industry partners and alumni, we have been able to replace our 50-year-old lathes with some brand new ones. The fund began with Wagstaff Inc.’s generous contribution and continued support continued through a dollar-for-dollar match to contributions made from employees. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Western Trailers as well as several individual donors, contributed additional support.

The new lathes installed immediately following the end of the spring semester so they would be available for the ME 410 Lean Manufacturing course in the summer. The new machines feature safety improvements such as a foot-operated brake and a chuck guard interlock as well as digital readouts for accurate positioning.

The ME 410 class had the first opportunity to use them and there was a noticeable improvement in quality and efficiency during the production of Block Project components. There were also numerous Kaizen projects centered on the new machines such as improved storage, and updates to online tips and tricks.

New Lathes
New ACRA precision engine lathes
Old Lathes
New lathes replaced these 50-year-old manual lathes.

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Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031

Email: medept@uidaho.edu