Custom machinery: building and refurbishing

Custom Machinery: New business may involve the manufacture of some new piece of equipment—a complete assembly or perhaps a new or modified section of existing machinery. A similar issue might be the need to refurbish, modify, update, or even perform major repairs, on some machinery or equipment. If you anticipate such requirements, we have good news.  If your situation can fit under 15 feet in height and does not require more than 5 ton bridge… Read More

Look for Excuses to Eliminate

Most people have work that varies in intensity.  Sometimes the work is almost overwhelming, and there’s no time for things other than the immediate task at hand. Other times, not so much.  These can be opportunities for those advocates of “management by walking around”. If this style fits your situation, a conscious effort of looking to eliminate excuses can be a fertile area for productivity improvements. One good example of this occurred during a manufacturing… Read More

Dip Moldings

Many hand tools, levers, grips and a wide range of other items are made with plastic (plastisol) coatings. Dip molding is the technique for providing plastisol coating, and other applications include electrical insulators, caps, plugs and coatings for color coding. The process can produce both an external part coating or an item made inside a mold. Since plastisol is somewhat elastic, complex parts can be stripped from molds rather easily. Plastisol is a vinyl compound,… Read More

An alternative to progressive die stamping

Parts assumed to require progressive dies and stamping presses may be candidates for fourslides—a common wire forming machine not routinely found in stamping companies. If you require a progressive die capability, it might be worthwhile to investigate the fourslide option. In general, set ups for fourslides are probably more complex, as the tooling is bolted onto the machine with timing accomplished via cams and slides. On the other hand, there may be less waste, less… Read More