The tool presetting and measuring system was donated to the program after it was replaced with newer equipment at Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis. The machine was embellished with the race team logo and signed by racing legend Michael Andretti as well as current team drivers Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
“Big Kaiser is a strong supporter of manufacturing education and workforce development, and we needed a home for this presetter,” explains Doug Sumner, product manager for Tool Measuring Systems (TMS) at Big Kaiser. “It was great that we could donate the machine in Indiana, support the kids at Plymouth High School, and get the team branding from our partners at Andretti Autosport.”
The Plymouth Community Schools program is the result of a public-private consortium supported by Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Company (ITAMCO), Ivy Tech Community College, North Central Area Vocational Cooperative (NCAVC) and Plymouth Community Schools. The group’s mission is to better prepare students for the demands of today's technology-driven jobs.
“Every student leaves the program with a minimum skill set of manual mill and lathe setup experience, blueprint reading including GD&T, and precision measurement use,” says Scott Kaser, instructor at Plymouth Community Schools. “The addition of the Speroni TMS gives the student a well-rounded skill level of all the possible ways tools could be set up in a CNC production environment.”
Blog: 3/21/2017 CHRIS FELIX Senior Editor, Production Machining