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Programming its machines with Delcam’s FeatureCAM system has helped HandR Precision to achieve continued expansion over its four-year life, despite opening just before the recession.

HandR Precision owners Hector Renderos and Ron McReynolds founded their business after Moog, a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion-control products and systems, decided to close its in-house machine shop in Salt Lake City.

The two partners then purchased the assets from Moog and opened HandR Precision, a business that would support the company’s machining requirements.

While Moog knew of the partners’ capabilities as employees, however, it still needed to see how the two operated as a business entity before committing to a significant volume of work.

The business HandR does with Moog expands exponentially and now it not only does work for the Salt Lake City facility but also for Moog’s California and New York operations.

The company has nearly doubled the size of its facility, with more than 10,000 square feet of capacity, and it runs three shifts.

According to HandR, one of the key contributors to its success is FeatureCAM, which, following an extensive software evaluation on competitive CAM solutions, Moog selected on the strength of its ease of use and cost.

The start-up entity was surprised at how flexible FeatureCAM was with helping them to get started.

HandR now programmes hundreds of parts per week using FeatureCAM, which McReynolds said ‘takes the average machinist and makes him or her into a superior machinist and programmer’.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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