Lister Shearing is a leading manufacturer of shearing machines, clippers and trimmers for all types of animals. Lister products are designed and manufactured in Stonehouse in the UK and exported worldwide. As a major manufacturing shop floor, they encountered problems with inconsistent tool performance which lead to increased down time on the CNC machines due to tool changes.
Scorpion Tooling were tasked with identifying problems in the manufacturing process to improve tool consistency and where possible increase production output across multiple machines. Working closely with the engineering team at Lister Shearing, Scorpion Tooling’s R&D department produced several developmental tools that were tested by Lister during normal production conditions and provided feedback on machining strategy, optimum speeds and feed rates for the specific tools.
The implementation of these tools and optimum machine parameters increased tool life by 37% leading to an increase in productivity as well as allowing for increased part production. Allowing Scorpion to develop bespoke cutting tools along with optimum speeds and feed rate increases the consistency of tool quality and for Lister will lead to 27% saving in tool cost compared to market competitor.