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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.
Top Shops Conference 2017
International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10-15, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA
The Fabricator Magazine
The online extension of Production Machining magazine and the most comprehensive Web site available for high volume precision machining professionals.
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Forming Press, Machine Tool and Machine Shop Services
- Steel, Alloy and Aluminum Machining Services
- Horizontal Boring, Milling and Machining
- Vertical Boring and Turning Services
- OD, ID, Surface, Precision Grinding Services
- Gear Teeth Cutting and Gear Machining Services
- Precision CNC Machining Services
- Custom Precision Machining Services
- Manufacturing Equipment Component Machining Services
- Steel Welding and Metal Fabrication Service
- Short and Long Run Production, CNC Machining, Prototype Machining
- Custom Hydraulic Cylinder Manufacturing Company
- Custom Hydraulic and Mechanical Press Fabrication and Manufacturing
- Hydraulic, Manufacturing and Industrial Equipment Assembly
- Reverse Engineering of Manufacturing Equipment Parts
- Large Part and Large Capacity Machining Services
- Hydraulic, Industrial and Manufacturing Machine Repair
- Roll Forming Machine, Shaft and Spindle Repair Services
- Forming Press, Component and Machine Tool Repair
- Manufacturing and Hydraulic Equipment Repair
- Industrial and Manufacturing Equipment and Machine Repair
- Repair and Manufacturing of Tooling, Dies, Molds
- Expedited Machining Services and Manufacturing Equipment Repair
- Repair of Hydraulic Equipment, Presses, Components, Machines
- Machining Rates and Manufacturing Equipment Repair Prices
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