Midwest Manufacturing News March 2013 : Page 1

MW MIDWEST Vol. 7 No. 3 M ANUFACTURING N EWS Serving Since 2007 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin Feature Editorial Quality Control & Measurement Test it. Repeat it. March 2013 Complete Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Zagar Appoints Absolute Machine Tools Exclusive Distributor for Deep Hole Drilling AeroDef 2013 to be Held March 19-21 AeroDef Manufacturing and Com-posites Manufacturing 2013 will be held March 19-21 at the Long Beach (CA) Convention Center. The exposition and conference is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the major aerospace and defense OEMs as a new way to strengthen the industry by finding manufacturing solutions across the extended supply chain. The Deck, a distinctive feature of AeroDef 2013, is a central area of the exposition floor designed for optimal interaction between aerospace and de-fense speakers, exhibitors and atten-dees. Continued on Page 9 The TESTit system stores and instantly recalls clamping force measurements.... See Page 12 Combined Technologies Produce Implant Additive Manufacturing “The Zagar and Absolute relationship will help bring highly-capable deep hole drilling machines, like the 3-axis Precihole XYGVN Series, to market,” said a company spokesperson. Zagar Inc., the exclusive importer of Precihole Machine Tools Ltd., has appointed Absolute Machine Tools of Lorain, OH, as its exclusive Midwest distributor for its deep hole drilling machines. Absolute will represent Pre-cihole exclusively in the areas of Michi-gan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Vir-ginia and western Pennsylvania. Precihole Machines are built to per-form gundrilling, BTA drilling, honing, reaming, counterboring, trepanning, skiving, burnishing and pull boring. Continued on Page 5 Keeping Up with Demand Fisher Industries, based in Dickin-son, ND, is an aggregate and mining equipment manufacturer that recently experienced a shortage of skilled work-ers just when it needed them the most. The had a steady stream of orders, but not enough experienced welders, ma-chinists and fabricators to keep reason-able delivery times. “We have always tried to keep 100% of the fabrication work in our shop, but our manufacturing location relative to the oil field activity in west-ern North Dakota was making it diffi-cult to hire new employees,” said Greg Continued on Page 6 Additive manufacturing EOS creates titanium tibial trays.... See Page 38 Automotive OEM Saves Millions in Dunnage, Shipping Costs PolyFlex Prod-ucts designs, engi-neers and produces complete turnkey ma-terial handling and re-turnable packaging products for a variety of manufacturers. Re-cently, an automotive OEM called on PolyFlex Products to help reduce the cost of shipping transmis-s ions w it hin the United States, Europe, Finished transmissions are robotically loaded from the final Mexico and Asia. assembly area onto the dunnage located in the collapsible bins. “Traditionally, transmissions have been shipped either in fabricated steel or in expendable corrugated boxes,” racks with attached molded dunnage Continued on Page 5 Smaller Parts with More Twists and Turns Applying Technology MCC Toolingʼs MV1200-R Wire EDM with B-axis is capable of cutting cobalt and carbide steels... See Page 44 Deublin Company Acquires Barco Seals Deublin Company has acquired Barco Seals of Cary, IL. Both companies manufacture fluid power components used in a variety of equipment and process industries. Founded in 1908, Barco developed swivels and ball joints for the railroad industry. Over the years, Barco devel-oped and manufactured hundreds of rotating unions, plane and self-aligning swivel joints. Deublin Company was founded in 1945 and manufactures a broad range of precision components including ro-tating unions, steam joints and siphons Continued on Page 9 Students Produce Turnerʼs Cube Education -Training Tennessee Technology Center students produce a Turnerʼs Cube.... See Page 50 Double Metal Sheet Detector Material Handling/ Inventory Control To make name, address subscription changes contact: • Phone: 800-375-8488 • Fax: 817-488-7813 • E-mail: info@mfgnewsweb.com • www.mfgnewsweb.com Subscription Changes: DSD-36 is designed to detect thickness of ferrous metals.... See Page 58 Advertiser Index Page 56 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Gross Publications, Inc. MIDWEST MANUFACTURING NEWS P.O. Box 847 Grapevine, Texas 76099-0847 U.S.A. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE DALLAS, TX PERMIT 4245 PAID

Zagar Appoints Absolute Machine Tools Exclusive Distributor For Deep Hole Drilling

Zagar Inc., the exclusive importer of Precihole Machine Tools Ltd., has appointed Absolute Machine Tools of Lorain, OH, as its exclusive Midwest distributor for its deep hole drilling machines. Absolute will represent Precihole exclusively in the areas of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.<br /> <br /> Precihole Machines are built to perform gundrilling, BTA drilling, honing, reaming, counterboring, trepanning, skiving, burnishing and pull boring.<br /> <br /> These applications represent key technology for industries such as firearms, hydraulics, gas and oil, aerospace and defense, automotive and medical.<br /> <br /> “We are very excited about becoming part of the Absolute Machine Tool Group,” said Jim McGaffin, Sales and Marketing Director for Zagar Inc. “The Precihole line of deep hole drilling, honing, skiving, burnishing and BTA drillingmachines is a very appropriate complement toAbsolute’s existingmachine tools lines of You Ji, Johnford, Tongtai, Ecoca and Accutex EDM.” Many of the customers served by Absolute have deep hole drilling applications and the machines can now be purchased from one supplier.<br /> <br /> Absolute Machine Tools Owner, Steve Ortner, introduced the Precihole line to their sales force at offices in Lorain, OH, Livonia,MI, andMason, OH, at the end of December and now already have several projects working.Absolute will be a full service distributor, providing service and installation with support for applications and parts from Zagar.<br /> <br /> For more information contact:<br /> Zagar Inc.<br /> 24000 Lakeland Boulevard<br /> Cleveland, OH 44132<br /> 216-731-0500<br /> www.zagar.com<br /> <br /> <br /> Steve Ortner<br /> Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.<br /> 7420 Industrial Parkway<br /> Lorain, OH 44053<br /> 440-960-6911<br /> amtsales@absolutemachine.com<br /> www.absolutemachine.com

Automotive OEM Saves Millions In Dunnage, Shipping Costs

PolyFlex Products designs, engineers and produces complete turnkey material handling and returnable packaging products for a variety of manufacturers. Recently, an automotive OEM called on PolyFlex Products to help reduce the cost of shipping transmissions with in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Asia.<br /> <br /> "Traditionally, transmissions have been shipped either in fabricated steel racks with attached molded dunnage or in expendable corrugated boxes," Said a company spokesperson. "Each of these has its own set of problems and drawbacks. The steel racks added a considerable amount of weight when shipping and they provide a double hit when empty racks have to be returned. Conversely, corrugated boxes do not provide the best protection and can create disposal problems after a single use."<br /> <br /> To solve these problems, PolyFlex engineers developed a transmission pack utilizing free-floating dunnage inside a commercially available collapsible bin. The dunnage is manufactured using an injection-molded polymer, custom designed to fit a wide range of transmission types including front and rear wheel drives as well as hybrids.<br /> <br /> The dunnage is designed to hold the transmissions securely inside the bins and the total packaging reportedly tested 28% higher than the previous system used in the OEM's 5-axis shipment testing for truck, rail and ocean shipping.<br /> <br /> "The cost of shipping is significant and many programs to reduce costs are being implemented , " said the spokesperson. "The packaging investment has been significantly reduced by eliminating the high labor and material Cost of welded steel racks. Shipping costs are reduced through the substantial weight savings of the plastic bins versus the steel racks.An added benefit is that more transmissions can now be shipped in the same allotted space. To further enhance the value, the collapsible bins fold down for return shipping providing substantialweight and space savings.<br /> <br /> “Initially there were concerns over the durability of this new system, but after three years, issues have been quieted. There has been no damage or replacements. The system is efficient and the line operators have expressed no problems. When necessary, the pack can be easilywashed and cleaned.”<br /> <br /> Another feature is that everything is recyclable. Should the program change, the bins can be used as an asset for other purposes. The dunnage can also be Recycled. The previous systems resulted in a lot of expendable products.<br /> <br /> The bottom line? "The OEM's initial investment savings was nearly $5 million, which will increase to $17 million over the life of the program due to higher shipping densities and return freight savings in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Asia," said the spokesperson.<br /> <br /> For more information contact:<br /> PolyFlex Products<br /> 23093 Commerce Drive<br /> Farmington Hills, MI 48335<br /> 734-458-4194<br /> www.polyflexpro.com

AeroDef 2013 To Be Held March 19-21

AeroDef Manufacturing and Composites Manufacturing 2013 will be held March 19-21 at the Long Beach (CA) Convention Center. The exposition and conference is produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the major aerospace and defense OEMs as a new way to strengthen the industry by finding manufacturing solutions across the extended supply chain.<br /> <br /> The Deck, a distinctive feature of AeroDef 2013, is a central area of the exposition floor designed for optimal interaction between aerospace and defense speakers, exhibitors and attendees.<br /> <br /> Events that take place at The Deck include keynote presentations, panel discussions, networking events and one-on-one meetings. Topics discussed are reflected throughout the event, which includes a conference and an exposition floor arranged by eight technology zones: composites and advanced materials, digital direct manufacturing, electronics, finishing and coating, integrated assembly, precision machining and tooling, quality measurement and inspection, and supplier/ contract manufacturing.<br /> <br /> The Deck will feature the following:<br /> <br /> • 8 AM - 9 AM: Keynote speakers Jens Gralfs (Airbus), "Airbus Innovative Industrial Solutions"; Adele Ratcliff (ManTech), "The Road to Ironman is Paved with Leadership Principles"; and Michael D. Packer (LockheedMartin), "New Reality - Development, Migration and Strategic Transition of Manufacturing Technologies to Address Future Weapons System Platforms."<br /> <br /> • 1 PM - 2 PM: Panel discussions "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom: Executive Perspectives on the Future of the Industry"; "The Future Role of Software in Composites Manufacturing"; and "The Role of Modeling & Simulation in 21st CenturyAerospace and Defense System Development."<br /> <br /> • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Networking events will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Those who register in advance of AeroDef receive free admission to events at The Deck.<br /> <br /> For more information contact<br /> AeroDef 2013<br /> www.aerodefevent.com<br /> <br /> Society of Manufacturing<br /> Engineers (SME)<br /> www.sme.org

Keeping Up With Demand

Fisher Industries, based in Dickinson, ND, is an aggregate and mining equipment manufacturer that recently experienced a shortage of skilled workers just when it needed them the most. The had a steady stream of orders, but not enough experienced welders, machinists and fabricators to keep reasonable delivery times.<br /> <br /> "We have always tried to keep 100% of the fabrication work in our shop, but our manufacturing location relative to the oil field activity in western North Dakota was making it difficult to hire new employees," said Greg Schafer, Engineering Supervisor for Fisher Industries' General Steel and Supply Company. "The cost of living in our area has skyrocketed, and a lack of reasonably priced housing, along with competing against oil field companies for skilled welders and fabricators, was pushing our delivery schedules out." <br /> <br /> Fisher Industries was just beginning to look for an outside fabrication shop when Larry Novak of TC/American Manufacturing contacted them.<br /> <br /> "Management at Fisher Industries was pleasantly surprised that TC/American's shop rates were nearly identical to its own, while other shops had quoted unjustifiable high rates, so they decided to try out the Minnesota fabricator, starting with some basic fabrication work, then progressing to more complex assemblies, a dozer trap assembly, multiple truck scale chassis and air separator chassis, as well as contract machining work," said a company spokesperson.<br /> <br /> TC/American had the services that Fisher Industries needed: fabrication, machining, vertical turning, welding, sawing, flame cutting, punching, sandblasting, painting and final assembly. Most importantly, it had no shortage of highly skilled workers who knew how to get the job done. The metal fabricator's massive 73,700 sq. ft. Shop, high bay and proximity to I-94 put it in a strong position to help North Dakota'smanufacturers through the state's labor shortage.<br /> <br /> "Overall I would say TCAmerican has done a very good job on the items they have fabricated for us," Schafer said."We have a very good working relationship with TC/American and appreciate the help they have given us in the past nine months. Their capabilities and skills have been a good fit for us.We hope our sales pace continues so we can send more work to TC/American in the future." <br /> <br /> Novak credits the hardworking team at TC/American Manufacturing with earning Fisher Industries' confidence."It is not easy for a company that never outsources to take that leap of faith and put their trust in an outside shop," Novak said. "Our guys back in the shop made sure the projects were done on time and to Fisher Industries' specifications. They earned our customer's trust and are the real heroes of this story."<br /> <br /> For more information contact:<br /> TC/American Manufacturing Div.<br /> 430 North 7th Ave.<br /> Waite Park, MN 56387<br /> 320-251-8616<br /> mfgdiv@tcamerican.com<br /> www.tcamerican.com<br /> <br /> <br /> Fisher Industries<br /> 3020 Energy Drive<br /> Dickinson, ND 58601<br /> 800-932-8740<br /> sales@fisherind.com<br /> www.fisherind.com<br />

Deublin Company Acquires Barco Seals

Deublin Company has acquired Barco Seals of Cary, IL. Both companies manufacture fluid power components used in a variety of equipment and process industries.<br /> <br /> Founded in 1908, Barco developed swivels and ball joints for the railroad industry. Over the years, Barco developed and manufactured hundreds of rotating unions, plane and self-aligning swivel joints.<br /> <br /> Deublin Company was founded in 1945 and manufactures a broad range of precision components including rotating unions, steam joints and siphons and electrical slip rings. Applications include machine tools, steel manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, paper and corrugating equipment, wind turbines, mining and more.<br /> <br /> “The Barco acquisition brings together two great brands with similar applications, along with many new products and markets,” said Rob O’Brien, VP Sales & Marketing at Deublin Company.<br /> <br /> For more information contact:<br /> Deublin Company<br /> 2050 Norman Drive West<br /> Waukegan, IL 60085-6747<br /> 847-689-8600<br /> www.deublin.com

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