MG830 Gantry Mill Time Lapse Installation at CG Bretting Manufacturing
The second gantry mill installation in North America, Wele's MG series gantry machines are designed for ultra-heavy applications requiring tight tolerances.
“Versatility is the greatest advantage with these machines. With the right-angle head attachment and 3+2 multi-head we are able to machine more parts with less setup,” said Joe Moran, Manufacturing Engineer at C.G. Bretting. “They feature vertical and horizontal capabilities, allowing for 5-sided machining and maximizing machine time,”
C.G. Bretting Manufacturing and JTEKT have a lot in common—namely a shared approach to manufacturing. Their solution-based approach to manufacturing is driven by the customer’s needs, processes and goals resulting in unique and innovative machinery. C.G. Bretting Manufacturing first earned their name as makers of paper-converting machines and expanded their contract manufacturing business in 2001. They have relied on JTEKT machines on the shop floor to meet their manufacturing requirements for over 30 years.
Recently, C.G. Bretting needed to replace some exceptionally large machines to manufacture base plates and side frames for the OEM business, but they faced a challenge when it came to floor space. They needed a compact but versatile machine that fit the given space without sacrificing features. As machine-makers themselves, they knew they needed a solution that only JTEKT Machinery could provide.
C.G. Bretting found what they needed in two JTEKT Gantry Mill machines, one with 5m of travel, and one with 8m: MG530 and MG580. The gantry mills have a smaller footprint than a bridge mill with the same power and precision expected from JTEKT. The MG Series provides stability and durability required in machining large workpieces weighing up to 132,000 lbs. and features multiple attachment heads, convenient programming macros and tool management for five-siding machining, rack and pinion drive system, and a powerful geared-head spindle.
After a short five-week install for their newest 8m machine, C.G. Bretting was up and running. “Versatility is the greatest advantage with these machines. With the right-angle head attachment and 3+2 multi-head we are able to machine more parts with less setup,” said Joe Moran, Manufacturing Engineer at C.G. Bretting. “They feature vertical and horizontal capabilities, allowing for 5-sided machining and maximizing machine time,” continued Moran.
The MG series expanded the capability profile for OEM and contract business with little downtime. Service, installation and training were key for C.G. Bretting. Since they were replacing two older machines, minimizing downtime was critical. “The installation process went very well. JTEKT Machinery had ample service techs on site and total install took about five weeks. Training was simple and hands on. Great investment,” said Moran.
All in all, C.G. Bretting Manufacturing found their solution in JTEKT. Now, they are getting large parts out faster with an unmatched level of speed and accuracy. When asked if they would recommend JTEKT, Moran’s response? “Always have and always will.”
About C.G. Bretting
C.G. Bretting Manufacturing is a premier designer and manufacturer of paper converting equipment. With over 400 employees, the company, which span over 280,000 square feet, supplies converting equipment and service to 39 countries involving 17 different languages.
View the time-lapse installation of the MG830 at C.G. Bretting below.