Forest City Gear Company (Roscoe, IL) expanded their turning and milling operations with a state-of-the-art facility designed to greatly improve lead times and quality for the production of precision gear blanks. This highly productive 8,500 sq ft facility is in close proximity to their main facility in Roscoe and is now dedicated almost solely to the precision turning and milling operations needed to produce precision gear blanks. That’s very good news for customers, according to Mike Miller, the turning and milling supervisor. “This gives us complete control over the quality and delivery of the blanks (and slugs) that are the ‘near net shape’ starting point for many of the gears we produce,” he says. “The types of projects we take on here for customers around the world have never been more demanding from a quality and delivery standpoint. If we start off a project with turned blanks out of tolerance, or waiting for blanks from a supplier, this can ultimately create a devastating production bottleneck when operations upstream are sitting idle waiting for product to arrive. ”
Miller explains that this facility, with its four late-model CNC lathes, three CNC machining centers and a dedicated Zeiss CMM, easily meets current capacity requirements and gives the company much additional room to grow. Two Mazak Quick Turn 250 Turning Centers will arrive later this year to further expand capacity and future plans call for the addition of a 5-axis machining capability for the production of small planetary housings and carriers.
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Dip Slightly From June to July
Although a wide variety of sectors were positive in July –– including automotive and medical equipment –– AMT reports the 2020 orders to date of $2 billion is about a quarter down year over year.
How Does Your Company’s Compensation Package Stack Up?
FMA has released a report that details salaries and benefits for practically every position in a fabricating or manufacturing company, from CEO to janitor and everything in between. The survey results also provide insight into several HR policies and procedures.