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Horizontal Machining Centers Are Integral To Large Part Machining
Horizontal machining (milling) occurs on a horizontal machining center (HMC). These large heavy-duty machines can be used to work on aircraft components and other large parts and workpieces. Mazak Horizontal Machining Centers range in size and capacity. While most shops are producing shorter aerospace parts on five-axis machines or larger parts on gantry-type equipment, Fort Walton Machining found its niche somewhere in the middle thanks to an advanced profiling machining system from Mazak. They are designed with quality, reliability, ease of operation and safety in mind.  When a large capacity machine shop needs to productively process large and complex parts such as engine blocks or large ferrous parts, they often use horizontal machining centers. Horizontal machining relies on rotary cutters to remove metal from a workpiece. Horizontal Machining Centers handle a mix of diverse, increasingly more complex prismatic parts.  Visitors to IMTS 2018  will see some very big machines such as bridge mills, vertical machines, horizontal machining centers and gantry machines. The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2018) takes place from September 10 through September 15, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The show is the premier manufacturing technology show in North America.  Big machines are required to repair and manufacture large parts. Kiefer Tool and Mold of Cleveland, Ohio specializes in large part horizontal boring and milling. Kiefer Tool excels at machining very large parts needed in engineering work, oil-and-gas projects, energy systems, aerospace, construction, and other similar applicationsTMX Workholding Solutions recently delivered this 71-inch, 8,000-pound, forged steel chuck for an oil-and-gas industry customer in Louisiana. R&W Machine is a Chicago-based leading supplier of large part machining services for thousands of applications in dozens of industries. The firm machines large and complex parts such as gear boxes, bearing housings, railway axles and drive train components.

Trends In Sourcing Large Part Machining Services
Posted on 08/13/18

Engineers, procurement professionals, buyers and purchasing agents at OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and other manufacturing companies use search engines and other online platforms such as ThomasNet to source large part machining services, large CNC machining, precision machining and large diameter turning services. ThomasNet (formerly The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers) is used to find suppliers, machining supply partners and large capacity machines shops that can repair or manufacture large and heavy metal parts, steel components and industrial equipment. Due to the improvement in the manufacturing sector, services such as ThomasNet have seen an uptick in the number of people trying to source large part machining and CNC machining suppliers and services. Due to the boom in U.S. manufacturing, the demand for machining services has surged.  Over the past year through July 2018, U.S. manufacturing added 327,000 jobs, the most of any 12-month period since April 1995, when the figure added a 345,000 positions. As the economy has heated up, it has become harder for manufacturing companies to source a company that can machine large parts precisely, quickly and affordably.  Four key considerations for sourcing the right large part machining supply partner include cost, capabilities, experience and quality.  If your company is trying to source a large machine shop to request a quote for large part machining and large diameter turning services, consider contacting Kiefer Tool and Mold of Cleveland, Ohio or Precise Tool & MFG. of Rochester, NY.

Concerns About Staffing Large Part Machining Companies

As baby boomers continue to retire in staggering numbers and the U.S. manufacturing industry economy thrives due to Donald Trump’s 25 percent tariff on steel imports and corporate tax cut, large machine shops such as Kiefer Tool and Mold, K&M Machine Fabricating, Edgar Industries and Standard Machine of Cleveland are challenged to hire enough skilled machinists, manual and/or CNC machinists, millwrights, maintenance mechanics, welders or other workers that possess a skilled trade or are in a skilled trades learning program. Companies such as Silfex, which makes components for the semiconductor, optical and solar industries are trying to hire qualified CNC and 5-axis machinists to make state-of-the-art silicon components used to create high-technology devices. Some companies are so concerned about the lack of welders and machinists, that they are resorting to creative methods of locating welders and machinists. One group of manufacturers in Wisconsin sponsored a high school welding competitionTom Simeone of Manor Tool and Mfg. Co. in Chicago, stated that there is a significant imbalance with the work coming in during this manufacturing boom and the skilled labor available to get the work completed.  According to Manpower Group, the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff are the skilled trades, the welders, electricians, machinists and others prevalent in manufacturing and construction.  Factories in Canada are desperate for welders, tool and die makers, machinists and millwrights and it is getting worse every year.

Sourcing Large Part Machining Services on ThomasNet

More and more manufacturing companies are using the Internet to locate machines shops that have the capacity and capability to repair or build large parts. One of the most popular websites for sourcing large part machining companies and services is ThomasNet. The online database of large part machining companies is published and maintained by Thomas Industrial Network, one of Thomas’ five business units. Modern Machine Shop magazine defines large-part machining/large part machining as the challenge of machining any part that is too heavy or bulky for a single human being to move the part to another location quickly, or too large to fit within the work zone of the most commonly available CNC machine tools.

Getting Your Company’s Large Parts Machined Precisely, Quickly and Affordably
Kiefer Tool and Mold machines large parts precisely, quickly and affordably. Precision machining at Kiefer Tool involves manufacturing a component that accurately meets the exact drawing specifications provided by our customers. The firm’s attention to detail is exemplary. Kiefer Tool has the experience and equipment to hold tight tolerances when machining very large parts and components. Large part machining work can be completed within a 24 hour period depending on the scope of the work. The experience of the engineers and machinists allows them to effectively complete their customer’s work promptly. Kiefer Tool strives to keep large part machining prices within their client’s budget. If your company needs a large part or component machined precisely, right away and at a low cost, contact Kiefer Tool.

Space-Saving Five-Axis Machine Cuts Large Parts
DMG MORI’s two XXL machines, the DMU 200 gantry and DMU 340 gantry, are designed for large-part applications. Both models offer five-axis simultaneous machining and combine a large work area with a small footprint, according to the company.

Two-Saddle Turning Center for Large Energy, Aerospace Parts
Okuma America’s Multus U5000 two-saddle CNC lathe handles large parts for the energy and aerospace industries. The machine is said to provide a sturdy platform for machining large, process-intensive parts.

Machining Parts for the World’s Largest Digital Camera
Modern Machine Shop’s July issue cover story takes a look at the big picture. So big, in fact, that it details how one shop has gained the machining expertise necessary to manufacture parts for the world’s largest digital camera, which will be installed inside the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chili.  One story even walks through the questions a shop had when it considered switching from vertical machining centers to horizontal machining centers.

Ansco Finds Success Producing Complete Components
Ansco has invested heavily in a wide range of equipment, from turning centers to horizontal machining centers, in a wide range of sizes to suit nearly any application. Sterling started Ansco in 1991 with his sons, Jeff, Jon, and Dave. His son-in-law, Tom Cook, is the finance manager. Ansco is a full-service contract machine shop specializing in milling and turning up to 63-inch diameters. Ansco has invested in a whole line of different-size horizontal machining centers, from two Makino a51s capable of handling workpieces up to 24.8-by-35.4 inches to an a92 that can go up to 59-by-59 inches. Ansco purchased five Makino HMCs—two a51s, one a81, one a82, and one a92—enabling the company to quote and deliver any size part. With pallet sizes ranging from 15.7 inches to almost 40 inches, and the ability to accommodate a variety of tool sizes, the Makinos enable Ansco to match the appropriate machine to the appropriate job without over-investing in capital equipment.

Large Diameter Vertical Boring and Turning in Cleveland, Ohio
Kiefer Tool, of Cleveland, provides large diameter vertical boring and turning services including large size part boring, hydraulic cylinder boring, custom thread turning and grooving.

Large Part Turning in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Ansco Machine Company, founded by Mike Sterling in 1991, is located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. They have machines that handle everything from the small components to the largest ones. They are a full-service machine shop that specializes in large part turning and 5-axis CNC milling. The firm has the capacity to turn long parts and shafts up to 112” in length.

Request Large Part Machining and Turning Services And A Quote
Kiefer Tool & Mold Inc. is a large capacity machine shop located in Cleveland Ohio that specializes in large part machining and large diameter turning services. Kiefer Tool specializes in machining components, parts and equipment manufactured from alloy steels, aluminum and bronze.  For an overview of our large part machining services, click here. For information on our large diameter turning and large diameter vertical boring services, click here.

Large Machine Shop Capacities in OH, IN, MI, NY And PA
Large capacity machines shops in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania provide large part precision machining services to clients in a variety of manufacturing sectors. Large scale welding and fabrication services are also provided by job shops that can handle large projects and large workpieces. Large capacity CNC machines are frequently used to manage the operation and movement of the lathes, cutting machines and boring mills. The three principal machining processes employed by large capacity machine shops are classified as milling, boring (drilling) and turning.

Recommended Large Capacity Machine Shops in OH, IN, MI, NY And PA

Large capacity machine shops with large capacity vertical and horizontal machines in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania include the following businesses.  Some of the firms listed below also design and engineer large industrial parts.

Top Custom Hydraulic Cylinder Manufacturers in USA In 2018
In 2018, the leading manufacturers of custom hydraulic cylinders in the United States include Kiefer Tool and Mold, Parker Hannifin, EatonTexas Hydraulics, West Craft Manufacturing, Bailey Hydraulics, Hanna Cylinders, Cylinders & Valves, Energy Manufacturing Company, Cross Manufacturing, Custom Cylinders, Ligon Hydraulic Cylinder Group, JARP Industries, Prince Manufacturing, R & J Cylinder and Machine, Columbus HydraulicsSouthern Hydraulic Cylinder, HSI Corporation and Rosenboom.  The hydraulic cylinder market is expected to hit $16.4 billion by 2025 while growing at a 6% compound annual growth rate. Kiefer Tool & Mold is a manufacturer of custom built industrial hydraulic and pneumatic/air cylinders used in construction equipment, mining equipment, agriculture, forestry and logging, material handling, waste and recycling, oil and gas, snow and ice control, crane and boom trucks, aircraft and airlines, automobile hauling equipment, concrete and asphalt, manufacturing machinery, military transportation, pipe laying, hydraulic presses, amusement park rides, food processing, equipment and civil engineering.  Kiefer Tool also repairs large hydraulic cylinders.  In addition to machining custom cylinders, Kiefer Tool also provides services to repair, refurbish, recondition, rebuild, or retrofit an existing cylinder. Types of cylinders manufactured or serviced by Kiefer Tool include the following;

  • standard cylinders
  • single (plunger cylinders) and double acting cylinders,
  • tie-rod cylinders
  • welded/threaded cylinders (bolted-head cylinders)
  • telescopic/multi-stage cylinders
  • top-link cylinders
  • loader cylinders
  • side-mounted cylinders
  • piggyback cylinders
  • construction grade cylinders
  • differential cylinders
  • position sensing cylinders

2018-2025 Global Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinder Industry Market Research Report
This report studies the global Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinder market status and forecast, categorizes the global Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinder market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and other regions (India, Southeast Asia, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).  Kiefer Tool & Mold is a manufacturer of custom made industrial hydraulic and pneumatic/air cylinders used in construction equipment, manufacturing machinery and civil engineering.

Global Fluid Cylinder Market Analysis Report 2018 – Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, Parker-Hannifin, Metal Products and Energy Manufacturing
Global Fluid Cylinder Market report analyses current market bearings along with future market scope from 2018 to 2023. Research study helps to analyze the change in market dynamics of Fluid Cylinder, regional market volume, technological innovations and Fluid Cylinder business opportunities in coming years. The report offers key insights to understand the Fluid Cylinder market and meeting you need to the report contents it is segmented into market players, drivers and retainers, Fluid Cylinder market share analysis with product types and application, revenue and gross margin by regions.  Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of Fluid Cylinder market includes definition, product classification, applications and Fluid Cylinder market growth rate history from 2013 to 2017. Fluid Cylinder market share based on product coverage includes ( Double Acting Cylindersh and Single Acting Cylinders) and applications considered in Fluid Cylinder market study includes ( Oil&Gas, Mining, Aerospace&Defense and Automotive). The next portion based on industry chain analysis of Fluid Cylinder market covers raw material suppliers and price analysis, Fluid Cylinder product manufacturing Process and cost structure, production, consumption, emerging countries, Fluid Cylinder industry news and policies by regions.  Top Leading companies and investors of Global Fluid Cylinder Market Include KYB, Eaton, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, Jiangsu Hengli Hydraulic Cylinder, Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, Dongyang Mechatronics, Caterpillar, Parker-Hannifin, Bosch Rexroth, Metal Products, Weber-Hydraulik, Energy Manufacturing and Pacoma.

Hydraulic Cylinder Outlook
The increased use of electro-hydraulic cylinders will be a major trend that will gain traction during the next four years. Hydraulic cylinders coupled with electronics will eliminate the need for separate hydraulic pumps and tubing, and will offer enhanced accuracy, better functionality, and improved ease of use and control.

Wilmington-based Precision Hydraulic Cylinders Acquired For $85M
A Carthage, Missouri-based company has acquired Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, a global manufacturer of engineered hydraulic cylinders headquartered in Wilmington, for $85 million. Leggett & Platt Inc. acquired Precision Hydraulic Cylinders (PHC) on Jan. 31, according to officials with Leggett & Platt Inc. Susan McCoy, vice president of investor relations for the Missouri company, said Thursday that the firm’s officials have no plans to change the location of PHC’s headquarters or operations in North Carolina. PHC specializes in the supply of hydraulic cylinders to many of the global original equipment manufacturers in the mobile equipment markets, according to the company’s website. McCoy said PHC has corporate and administrative offices in Wilmington.

PE-backed Texas Hydraulics acquires Oilgear
Texas Hydraulics, a portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital LLC, has acquired The Oilgear Company, a Traverse City, Michigan-based provider of highly engineered hydraulic pumps, valves, systems and aftermarket services for heavy duty applications. No financial terms were disclosed. Founded in 1968, and headquartered in Temple, Texas, Texas Hydraulics is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered, custom-designed hydraulic cylinders, swivels and related components. The Company is known as leading provider of front-end design solutions for the most challenging applications. Texas Hydraulics uses its technical expertise related to valve integration, position sensing technology, large bore and long stroke cylinder manufacturing to provide a differentiated value proposition to its customers. The Company has long-standing relationships with blue-chip OEM customers across a variety of end-markets, including infrastructure, utilities, natural resources and transportation.

Complete Machining of Large Aerospace Parts
Machine Specialties Inc. needed to produce large parts with a constantly increasing degree of complexity. The M120 Millturn from WFL enables the shop to process large components in only one clamping.  Machine Specialties, Inc., or MSI, has been manufacturing precision parts since 1969. They are a leading contract machining and metal finishing specialist that designs and manufactures sophisticated, cost-effective solutions.

Big, Heavy, Awkward Parts Need Workholding, Too
Information on large part machining from https://advancedmanufacturing.org.  Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. The Kiefer Tool large capacity machine shop services include large part machining, large precision machining, large diameter turning and CNC machining.

Overcome the Large-Part Production Challenge
Manufacturers of large parts surely know the distinct challenges this type of work presents. The parts are heavy, cumbersome and require close machining tolerances. The tools used to machine them can be sizeable. Setups take longer because of all that’s involved with handling big parts and large tools. And machining becomes even more challenging when the parts require multiple operations, such as milling, drilling and boring – all of which typically involve long reach situations.

U.S. Fluid Power Cylinder and Actuator Market – Analysis and Outlook to 2025
Aerospace-type fluid power cylinders and actuators, hydraulic and pneumatic accounted for the highest share (39% in 2016) of U.S. fluid power cylinder and actuator manufacturing, leaving a considerable room for nonaerospace-type hydraulic fluid power cylinders and actuators, linear and rotary (38%).

Types of Machine Shops
November 9, 2017
Machine shops can be small businesses and are often called “job shops“. Some manufacturing companies own their own machine shop and do not need to contract with stand alone machine shops such as Kiefer Tool and Die.

Types of Machine Shops

  • Small Business Machine Shops or Job Shops
  • CNC Machine Shops
  • Large Part Machine Shops
  • In-House Machine Shops at Manufacturing Companies
  • Automotive Machine Shops
  • Educational Machine Shops at Schools and Colleges

High Schools and engineering colleges have machine shops where engineering students use power-driven tools and machine tools to make, finish or repair machine parts or manufacturing equipment. Kiefer Tool and Die frequently repairs machines used by manufacturing companies throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  Automotive machine shop focus on repairing, restoring and rebuilding engines for cars and trucks.  Automotive machine shops are now using advanced machining technologies to produce automotive parts or to repair vehicles.  Automotive machine shops services include grinding, gear manufacturing, part prototyping, reverse engineering of automotive parts, engine repair, hydraulic repair, shaft repair, five-axis machining and robotic and transfer line automation.  Kiefer Tool and Die does not focus on this line of work but does repair hydraulic components of mobile heavy equipment and construction vehicles. Kiefer Tool and Mold specializes in cutting, drilling, shaping, welding and finishing metals, alloys, steel and other materials by using machine tools. Typical machining tools used by a machine shop include vertical and horizontal boring mills, metal lathes, cranes for large part machining, grinding machines, CNC machines, horizontal and vertical machining centers, vertical shapers (slotters) and keyseaters and hydraulic presses. While Kiefer Tool and Die started as a tool and die maker, the firm has progressed over the years to doing precision and large part machining for manufacturing companies in the Cleveland metropolitan area, or Greater Cleveland.  Since 1965, Kiefer Tool and Die has been a leader in the machine tool industry in Cleveland. Over the years, power operated machine tools and metal-working machines used to make manufacturing equipment helped develop the economic infrastructure of the City of Cleveland, enabled its workforce and propelled industrial growth. The machine tool industry in Cleveland followed in the traditions of east coast manufacturing communities by encouraging top notch engineers and mechanics to set up their own machine shops. Back in 1965 John Kiefer Sr. hauled a 12″ engine lathe, a bridge port milling machine and other equipment behind his home and into his walk out basement. In this 24 sq.ft. space he made replacement components for the bolt making industry and Kiefer Tool & Mold was born. Today, Kiefer Tool manufactures and repairs many types of metal components, hydraulic equipment, shafts, machine tools, dies, and molds. The CNC machines at Kiefer Tool precisely mass-produced parts such as pistons, screws, drivelines and gears.

At One College, Women Engineers Help Reshape The Machine Shop
November 9, 2017
The machine shop is a big deal at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. Only about 20 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees in this country go to women. Olin College, a prestigious engineering college is proud to be an outlier: Half its students are women. While the machine shop at Kiefer Tool and Die does not employ any women, females are welcome to apply for a position by clicking here.

A website that the managers at Kiefer Tool and Mold frequently review is CNCReport.com which was created in 2007. For anyone interested in current information about machine tools that are automated by computer numerical controls (CNC), this is one of the best. The site was developed by Jay Pierson, a CNC expert and President of Pierson Workholding. This site provides relevant CNC machine tool industry news, CNC product reviews, editorials on the manufacturing and machining industries and machine shop tips. For industry professionals that want to be experts on the routers, grinders, mills and metal lathes that are controlled by CNC systems, this site is highly recommended.

Machine Tool News from IndustryWeek
This machine tool news source keeps manufacturers and machine shops informed on cutting edge trends and news on machine tool technology, the precision machining industry, manufacturing equipment and factories in the United States.  The Machine Tool News section of the IndustryWeek site provide excellent information for manufacturers who want to stay current with power tool technology, lathe and milling machine advancements and new ways to cut and shape steel, metal and other materials. IndustryWeek is published by Penton which is now part of Informa, a multinational publishing company.

Machining News From TheFabricator.com
TheFabricator.com, a publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl., provides news on precision machining, machining companies, new machining facilities, machine tool technology, machining industry mergers and acquisitions, machine tools market growth, tooling and machining trade shows, machine shop press releases and much more.

Aerospace Precision Machining and Metal Cutting News
The Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Magazine provides news about aerospace manufacturing, machining and metal cutting. The magazine focuses on aerospace design manufacturing, CNC machining, milling, turning, lathes, precision machining, aerospace components, aerospace materials and aerospace technology.

MachiningNews.com Technology Portal
Machiningnews.com provides news about the latest developments in the machine tool industry. Current information covers topics such as CNC machines, metal technologies, metalworking machines, machining automation and robots, machine tooling, inspection and measuring, computer aided design (CAD) technology and machining industry news.

National Tooling & Machining Association Website

Top Shops Conference 2017

IMTS 2018
International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10-15, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA

The Fabricator Magazine

Production Machining
The online extension of Production Machining magazine and the most comprehensive Web site available for high volume precision machining professionals.

Modern Machine Shop Magazine

Top 5 Vendors in the 5-Axis CNC Machining Centers Market from 2017 to 2021: Technavio

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