As you will notice if you choose to work with us, our employees know what they are doing. As would be expected, experienced employees make great parts. Of our 40 employees, five have been with us for over 20 years and many more have been with us for over 10 years. With that many years of experience we can often offer time and money saving suggestions to improve the functionality of your designs or existing parts and make them easier to manufacture. You also don’t have to worry about talking to a salesman who doesn’t know anything about machining. We believe that before you can quote, you must know how to machine, so each of our project managers were machinists before they began quoting.
We offer many different machining processes in our 30,000 sq ft facility and we have the CAD/CAM software to back them up. We can quickly program parts of any complexity either manually or with CAM software. Our unique combination of experience, equipment, and software allow us many opportunities to “work smarter, not harder”. Because of our diverse capabilities, we almost always have an efficient way to make a part. In addition, we can often combine processes in ways that many shops can’t. For example, we can waterjet blanks from hard to machine materials, to save roughing time on a mill or lathe operation. This not only saves you money, but it gets your parts finished faster.
If you don’t have prints for your parts, don’t worry about it. We have also invested in a portable CMM for reverse engineering and part inspection. If you have a sample part (even if it is broken), we can measure and reproduce it. We always prefer to measure parts at our facility, but it is a portable system, and we can set it up at your place to measure parts on the equipment that they run on. We have been doing this for almost 10 years. Those years have given us extensive experience reverse engineering complex die components, as well as machine, conveyor, or packaging system components.
The obvious next step is CAD. We have several CAD programs that we use depending on your preferences, and the type of part we are measuring. For simple parts, we often use AutoCAD. For complex parts with mainly geometric features, we generally use Solid Works. For extremely complex shapes with truly free form geometry, we use a program called PowerSHAPE by DelCAM. It is a hybrid modeller that allows both surface and solid modeling. Whatever method we use, we will end up with a print of your part that we keep on record in case you ever need another one made. We aren’t stingy with our prints either. You pay for us to make them, so just ask, and we can give you the prints in whatever format you want.
Whether you need one part or thousands, we will treat you right. We have the capacity and the experience to get your job going efficiently and your parts shipped fast. While we would like a few weeks to get your parts done, we realize that a week or two just doesn’t cut it sometimes. Our production mill and lathe departments can often have a job running in less than a day. If there are multiple operations, we can set them up simultaneously on several machines. We also have an entire job shop department, with abrasive waterjet, wire EDM, and dedicated CNC mills and lathes. The job shop specializes in custom or prototype parts with short lead times. We can measure a sample or broken part, and make a new one the same day, and if you have a print, it will just speed up the process. The documents are linked seamlessly into our shop management software, which is used to track your job from quote, through shipment of finished parts.