|One of the many complex jobs that PRZ Technologies takes on with Mastercam |
PRZ Technologies, located in Lancaster, NY, manufactures fixturing for the automotive and other industries and specializes in hydraulic clamp fixturing. Before purchasing Mastercam 6 years ago, PRZ Technologies had no CAD/CAM software to assist their machining operations. All the jobs were completed through g-code programmed right at the control. Because this method is time consuming and knowing g-code is not a simple task, the company needed to implement a more cost-effective way to manufacture, one that didn't require the skill of knowing g-code. Simply put, a more optimized solution was desired in terms of speed and simplicity, which is what ultimately influenced the company to purchase Mastercam.
When PRZ purchased their first seat of Mastercam, the company employed only 4 people. 6 years and 4 seats later, the company now has 14 machinists and nearly all of them are capable of running machines and manufacturing complex parts because they have been taught Mastercam. "I like the fact that even though operators may not know g-code, they can do very intricate work using Mastercam," says Bruce Hacket, CNC programmer at PRZ Technologies. "Once our employees learn Mastercam, it expands what they are able to do. As people get hired, I tell them 'you're going to know Mastercam and you're going to set up a program and run your own machine'. We are able to have these expectations of our employees because of how easy Mastercam is to learn. It's really cool that they all pick it up after two or three times learning and using the software, especially if they have no software experience at all."
Implementing Mastercam into their manufacturing operations has also allowed PRZ to finish projects quicker because of the posts they receive from OptiPro. "Not having to make any changes to a post is a huge benefit," says Bruce. "The posts we get from OptiPro are rock-solid. We have guys here that have used other softwares in previous jobs, and they'll wonder how much editing they will have to do to the post. 99% percent of the time everything is there and we just run."
The ease-of-use and efficiency of Mastercam has led to increased productivity for PRZ Technologies. "I don't think it would be a stretch to say that we've increased productivity by 30%. It could be even more than that with some of the involved fixtures that we are now able to manufacture in optimal times because of Mastercam."
For more information on PRZ Technologies, check out their website at www.prztech.com. To learn more about Mastercam or to request a quote, please contact OptiPro by calling 585-265-0160 or send emails to Lynda Bechtold (firstname.lastname@example.org).