On November 6, 2008, Glendo took delivery on a new CNC turning & milling center. According to President D.J. Glaser, the decision to purchase the new Mori Seiki NL2000Y was made in late September after he attended the 2008 International Machine Tool Show (IMTS) in Chicago.

“Glendo had researched the machine tool market before the show and developed a short list of machines to look at. This model from Mori Seiki was the best overall fit,” said Glaser.

The slower economy gave Glendo a nice bonus…fast delivery. About 4 weeks after issuing the purchase order, the new machine was delivered, installed and making parts at Glendo.

This equipment will help produce an expanded line of new products for the engraving, jewelry making, custom parts manufacturing and other fields that Glendo serves. It combines high speed precision turning with full 4-axis integrated milling, drilling and tapping. It’s also coupled to a continuous bar feed system which allows a significant amount of unattended operation. With this new addition, Glendo has 15 CNC machines in use. Glendo designs and manufactures GRS Tools in its Emporia, Kansas facility and sells them world-wide.

Betsy Spain, who has worked for Glendo for 9 years, is the key programmer/operator of the new Mori Seiki. She has a total of 16 years production machine shop experience. Interestingly, she has a teaching degree but finds challenge and satisfaction as a CNC machinist.

Interesting Machine Specs

Some interesting spec’s: Main spindle 5,000 RPM, 2.5” diameter bar capacity; the main spindle is a fully programmable “C” rotary axis as well. Tool turret has 12 positions that can be static or rotary. Rotary tools are capable of 6,000 RPM and will rigid tap in both vertical and horizontal positions. The turret has X, Z and Y axes which can be programmed for simultaneous interpolated machining. The tail stock is a fully programmable servo axis that can also be configured to drill while the turret is machining the part O.D. simultaneously.