The Challenge to Improve

Having the right five-axis machine on its shop floor gives Extreme Tool the ability to produce tolerances that few other machines offer and allows the company to separate itself from the competition.


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Tool builder and injection molder Extreme Tool & Engineeringwho we featured recently for investing in a Yasda YBM 640V3 vertical jig borer, has added another Yasda machine to its arsenal of equipment. This YMC 430 micro center with a RT10 5-axis turntable is one of only three installed in North America today. 

The machine's precise thermal management, ultra-high precision linear drives and five-axis capabilities, help Extreme reduce its EDM usage and increase its hard-milled component throughput. Tight tolerance, high end finish machining in hard tool steels is this machine's leading function, but its flexibility in moving from hard milling to machining graphite electrodes is another great benefit.

According to Extreme President and Owner Mike Zacharis, having one Yasda on the shop floor eased the decision to buy a second one. He says every day he challenges his team to improve, so anything less than best-in-class technology is essential.  He truly believes that the Yasda five-axis micro center is the absolute best machine money can buy.

Extreme also added the following machines this past year, as part of a $1.5 million new equipment and facilities investment: Makino A51NX horizontal four-axis milling machine, Mazak Quick Turn Nexus 200-II CNC lathe, Beamer FB52 50-watt laser engraver, 55-ton Roboshot with six-axis Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robot and 110-ton Roboshot with six-axis Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robot with auto-feed insert system.