PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) for Precision Turned Parts

The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is a valuable tool for establishing confidence in a component supplier’s production processes. The PPAP process was initially specified in the automotive and aerospace industries. Today, it has been integrated into the requirements of some medical and industrial customers. At Pioneer Service, we [...]

FAI (First Article Inspection) Reports for Precision Machining

Some Pioneer Service customers will require a First Article Inspection Report with the shipment of their first order on a new part.  This report provides a detailed verification that all specified requirements on a customer print have been consistently met in production. Years ago, FAI reports were most likely [...]

Honing and Lapping Precision Turned Components

Approximately 30% of the components that Pioneer Service manufactures for our clients require grinding after the machining process.  Standard grinding (both centerless and centered) produces a finer surface finish and/or more precise dimensions than can be achieved during the turning process on a CNC Swiss or CNC Turning Center. [...]

Turning Vs. Milling: What’s the Difference for Precision Machining?

We have run into this question with many of our clients.  They say something to the extent of, “Help me understand what is turning and what is milling, because to me it is all machining.”  CNC turning and milling are two types of precision machining, but exactly what is [...]

What is CNC Turning?

What is CNC Turning? CNC Turning is a manufacturing process in which bars of material are held in a chuck and rotated while a tool is fed to the piece to remove material to create the desired shape. A turret (shown center), with tooling attached is programmed to move [...]

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