Posted On: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Increasing efficiency is a must for any manufacturer, but here at The Bonnot Company we’ve had more practice than most in harnessing the power of technology over the course of 128 years in business. 

We design, engineer and manufacture extruders, feeders, cutters, and other types of custom processing equipment. We specialize in the custom design and manufacturing of equipment that fulfills very specific needs to solve problems that our customers face.

As the company has been in business since 1891, we serve a fair amount of legacy customers for whom we perform upgrades on existing equipment. We’re able to take older machinery and improve on its design for modern challenges.

One of the ways we look to drive down costs for our customers is via EDGECAM computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) system — particularly with the production of our augers, or screws. 

When we brought in our first piece of CNC equipment 10 years ago, we were doing more hand-programming at the machine for one-off parts.

Notable efficiency gains have been made since the implementation of EDGECAM, including a 50 percent reduction in machining time for our complex and expensive legacy part made from a forging and turned in four axis. 

We were able to reduce milling time from 240 hours to 160 hours on a feed screw for the Bonnot Rubber Bale Feeder. 

The Bonnot Company uses the SOLIDWORKS® computer-aided-design (CAD) solution, by Dassault Systèmes, to design its parts, and easily imports solid models generated by the system into EDGECAM. Among other machinery are a Haas VF-7 vertical machining center, and two Haas VF-4 vertical machining centers.

All this technology allows as to serve our customers with the best quality, on quick timeline and cost effectively.

Get in touch with the team at Bonnot learn more.