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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Modine has become one of the most trusted names in HVAC, and the company works hard to keep that trust. By Chris Petersen
Within the last century, Modine HVAC has earned the market’s trust as one of the most reliable manufacturers of HVAC solutions and that means more than customers having faith in the company’s current products. It also means that customers are confident that Modine’s future innovations will continue to set the example for efficiency, reliability and effectiveness. Director of North America Heating and Cooling Benjamin Gover says maintaining its status as the most trusted brand in the HVAC industry is built into Modine’s vision statement, which emphasizes the importance of Modine being recognized as experts. “If we use that in our decision-making process, that usually leads us to the right path,” Gover says.
The roots of what Modine is today began in 1918, when the company was already established as a successful manufacturer serving the automotive industry. But during a particularly severe Wisconsin winter, Arthur B. Modine developed a revolutionary heating unit for his facilities utilizing an automotive radiator, a fan and steam pipes. This was the first unit heater, and the first product of Modine’s heating division. Over the years, the company continued to refine and improve upon those original designs, developing new unit heaters and licensing the technology to numerous customers. At one point, the company says, Modine controlled more than 94 percent of the unit heater market in the United States, making the company’s name synonymous with unit heaters.
Today, Modine remains one of the most successful and most trusted manufacturers in the HVAC world. The company’s heating and cooling products can be found in residential buildings, commercial facilities and schools, among other applications. Although the company continues to drive cutting edge technological advancements in the market, Gover says Modine still believes that relationships with partners and clients are the most important key to success. The company’s participation in the AHR Expo represents an opportunity for Modine to show off its latest innovations and build stronger relationships, and Gover says that is helping the company build a stronger future.
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Rochester Metal Products maintains state-of-the-art operations while staying a leader in service. By Alan Dorich
Rochester Metal Products Corp.’s (RMP) Employees have a reputation for taking care of the customer, Maintenance and Engineering Manager Doug Smith says. “There’s a positive connotation when [people] hear you’re part of Rochester Metal Products,” he asserts.
Based in Rochester, Ind., with roots more than 125 years old, the company now specializes in pouring gray and ductile iron castings. Senior Vice President and General Manager Greg Loving says those roots go back to its beginning as a school furniture manufacturing business that started operations before 1890 in Richmond, Ind.
It moved to Muncie, Ind., in 1901 and to Rochester, Ind., in 1937 where it operated a small foundry that made castings for lawnmowers and parts for other markets. “The strategy was to be well diversified and to cover as many different markets as possible, so if one was off, the other would pick up the slack,” Loving says.
Today, RMP’s markets include agriculture, automotive, construction, energy, heavy truck, industrial, marine, rail and recreational. “We sell to a variety of machine shops,” Director of Sales and Marketing Rick Bean says, adding the parts end up with majors such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Toyota, Caterpillar and John Deere.
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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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