Taylor Devices designs its products to meet its clients’ specific needs. By Alan Dorich
Some firms offer only off-the-shelf solutions, but Taylor Devices Inc. thrives on doing custom work, CEO Doug Taylor says. When a client approaches the company, it listens to their problems.
“We have to decide what the solution would be,” he explains, noting that this can range from something simple to the more complex. “You’d be surprised at the number of the customers that cannot use an off-the-shelf product.”
Based in North Tonawanda, N.Y., Taylor Devices specializes in shock and vibration control products including shock absorbers, dampers, buffers, isolators and springs. Taylor’s father, Paul H. Taylor, started the company in 1955.
“He had been an aeronautical engineer for the Curtiss-Wright company and worked his way up to vice president of the Buffalo, [N.Y.], plants,” Doug Taylor says. But when World War II ended, Paul Taylor was laid off and tried working for the tool and die business.
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Sentry representative sampling products help customers in diverse industries optimize their manufacturing processes and ensure product quality. By Jim Harris
Sentry products play an essential role in the manufacturing operations of its customers. “We are a manufacturer that helps other manufacturers improve their processes,” says Rick Steinke, vice president of operations of the Oconomowoc, Wis.-based company.
The company manufactures equipment to capture and analyze representative steam, water, solid, powder, gas, liquid or slurry samples directly from its customers’ process streams. Markets served by the company include power generation, oil and gas, food and beverage, chemical and petrochemical, cement, mining and pharmaceutical. “Whether it’s someone producing gasoline or consumer products such as shampoo, ice cream or orange juice, we have the ability to tap into their process stream and capture a representative sample for reliable and accurate quality analysis,” Steinke adds. “We help our customers make sure their products are being manufactured within specification and regulations, all while keeping their operators safe and protecting the environment and their plant assets.”
The sampling equipment manufactured by Sentry Equipment is installed directly into its customers’ process streams. Sampling solutions can be engineered and customized to each customer’s specific manufacturing environment. “We can look at their application and tell them the type of equipment we can engineer to perform reliable and accurate sampling in a particular part of their operation,” Steinke says. “We have the deep engineering expertise to advise customers the best way to capture a representative sample in any part of their process.”
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UNITED GRINDING combines the best of European technology with American ingenuity to serve North America manufacturing. By Chris Petersen
UNITED GRINDING is the culmination of decades of precision machining experience from some of the most accomplished European manufacturers, adding up to the largest provider of grinding solutions in North America as well as the rest of the world. Its heritage is rooted in top German manufacturer, the Körber Group, which in the early 1990s was looking to diversify into machine tools, particularly grinding.
It started to acquire numerous other top manufacturers in Europe, many of which also had established operations in the United States. In 1994, Körber consolidated these North American subsidiaries into a single entity, creating UNITED GRINDING.
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Pursuit of stellar customer service drives Ohio Metallurgical Service’s heat treating offerings for a wide range of critical machine components. By Barbara McHatton
Heat treating machine components may not appear to be the most glamorous endeavor, but Ohio Metallurgical Service (Ohiomet) is certainly passionate about its business.
“[Ohiomet] believes that the end-result of the heat treating process has to be perfect, precise,” President John Gaydosh declares. “Many of the parts we process are safety-critical parts. We have to ensure that the parts are within our clients’ very tight tolerances and that level of quality is consistent throughout all of the parts we process.”
Gaydosh says that the company processes parts for a wide range of industries. From axles and shafts in lawn and garden tractors, fasteners for power generation equipment to automotive steering components, Ohiomet creates a heat-treating process unique to the part. The firm has experience processing parts that may be found in nuclear submarines, deep sea oil platforms, various types of military and civilian aircraft, and even the tractor in your garage.
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Stacker’s 3-D printers offer clients quality and efficiency at a lower cost. By Alan Dorich
Stacker LLC’s customer base includes almost anyone in the world, CEO Norston Fontaine says. “Everybody needs a 3-D printer,” he declares, naming industrial plants that move fluids as an example.
“[They] should have a 3-D printer so they can make their own gaskets, O-rings or seals,” he says. “A first-year CAD student could design anything that most industries need for cheap [with a 3-D printer].”
Minneapolis-based Stacker manufactures high-speed, multi-part and industrial-grade 3-D printers. Fontaine founded the company last year with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $413,000 in just 13 days.
“We’re really proud of what we did,” he recalls, noting that campaigns for niche projects sometimes fail. “According to Kickstarter, it was pretty incredible.”
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Koyo Machinery USA Inc.’s newest grinding machines made it a big hit at this year’s IMTS show. By Jim Harris
Koyo Machinery USA Inc. expected to generate positive interest in its newest products when it attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago in September.
The attention the company and its latest grinding machines received at the event, however, far exceeded what it had anticipated. “We had many more guests at our booth than we expected,” says Jennifer Brozek, marketing and sales coordinator for the Plymouth, Mich.-based company. “A lot of people stopped by with specific grinding projects they wanted to discuss, while others wanted to see our [new] C6060 machine in action.
“We had students, engineers, CEOs and just about every type of person at our booth,” she adds. “It was nice to see our customers face-to-face, talk to them and meet a lot of new people in the industry.”
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Remcor’s focus on material procurement, machinery integrity and human inspiration ensures top quality products. By Alan Dorich
After more than 35 years, The Remcor Group (dba Platinum Tank Group) has prospered by developing and maintaining strong relationships with its customers, suppliers and employees. “We’ve had long-lasting relationships and tremendous loyalty throughout the years at all levels,” Roberts states. “They enjoy working with us, and we enjoy working with them.”
Based in Chambly, Quebec, Platinum Tank Group is the marketing and sales umbrella for Remcor’s tank trailer manufacturing facilities. Roberts’ father – Peter Roberts – founded the company in 1979 with the creation of Remtec Inc., which specializes in aluminum petroleum, aluminum asphalt and aluminum crude trailers for clients in Eastern and Western Canada.
Tony Roberts, who joined the company in the mid-1980s, became involved in many of the acquisitions that helped Remcor grow its industry footprint. Most of the acquisitions, he notes, were industry recognized players would encountered financial troubles and were in need of a restart. “I became the negotiator of the acquisitions with my father and then I would be a member of the executive team that would restart the operations,” he recalls. These acquisitions included the purchase of Columbia Remtec in 1994, a manufacturer of aluminum petroleum tank trailers, aluminum crude tank trailers and specialty trailers for the Western Canadian market.
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Imagineering Finishing Technologies’ component coating and finishing capabilities help its customers achieve difficult goals including space exploration. By Jim Harris
Imagineering Finishing Technologies’ (IFT) capabilities go far beyond the simple coating and painting of parts. “We do not provide decorative coatings which only need to be visually appealing,” says Jim Hammer, president and CEO of the South Bend, Ind.-based company. “We apply functional, precision coatings for parts that absolutely cannot fail.”
IFT has earned the reputation as the KnowledgeSource™ for metal finishing and testing solutions. “We work collaboratively with our clients to understand their needs and critical performance objectives to solve wear and corrosion concerns to improve performance and extend the useful life of manufactured components,” Vice President of Technical Services Dan Englebert says. “With the assistance of our global supplier-partnership network we provide our clients with a competitive advantage in the markets that they serve.“
For the company, this includes treating metal parts and components used in a number of critical applications. One recent example of the company’s capabilities is its collaborating with aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed to coat and treat parts used in NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). IFT modified its Indianapolis facility to accommodate large treatment tanks that can process rocket parts of 18 feet or more in diameter. The SLS is the platform for launching rockets including the Orion manned spacecraft into space for exploring the underside of the moon as well as Mars.
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