Large Machine Shop Capacities in OH, IN, MI, NY And PA
About Large Capacity Machine Shops
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 machines shops use heavy duty specialized large part machining equipment to repair and manufacture bulky industrial components. 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.
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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.
- Kiefer Tool and Mold, Inc. in Cleveland, OH
- Standard Machine, Inc. In Cleveland, OH
- Beverage Machine & Fabricators In Cleveland, OH
- Ellwood Ohio Machine (An Ellwood Group Company) In Cleveland, OH
- K&M Machine-Fabricating, Inc. in Cassopolis, MI
- Lincoln Park Boring Co. In Romulus, MI
- Edgar Industries In New Kensington, PA
- Alliance Innovative in Lackawanna, NY
- Lamm’s Machine, Inc. in Allentown, PA
- High Tech Mold & Machine, Inc. in Uniontown, OH
- Dynamic Industries Inc. in Cincinnati, OH
- Kraft Werks Engineering in Medina, OH
- Merril Tool and Machine in Saginaw, MI
- Aeromet Industries in Griffith, IN
- Covert Manufacturing in Galion, OH
- Coldwater Machine Company in Coldwater, OH
Overview of Large Capacity Machine Shops
These shops use extremely large CNC machines, lathes, mills and equipment to machine really big and complex steel, metal and alloy parts. Other services provided by custom large component manufacturing companies include burning, heat treating, reaming, steel cutting, shearing, shaping, electroplating fabrication, inspection, painting and assembly. Large capacity machines shops provide both production and prototype parts. Machinists at these large capacity shops use large machines and tools to perform large diameter turning, boring, precision tapping, planing, grooving, vertical, horizontal, and angled surface machining. Large capacity machine shops typically work with materials such as steel, metal, metal alloys and rarely plastics and composites. Large machine shops focus on using subtractive manufacturing methods rather than additive manufacturing technologies. The machinists and engineers at Kiefer Tool & Mold define a large part to be a workpiece that is over 200 lbs. in weight, over 6″ in diameter and greater than 2′ in length or width. ThomasNet provides a directory of large machining suppliers.
Hydraulic Press Repair
Kiefer Tool provides manufacturing companies with hydraulic press repair, hydraulic press maintenance, on-site inspections, on-site repairs, technical support and field services. Rates start at $100. per hour.
Equipment And Machines Used During The Process of Machining Large Parts and Components
- Horizontal and vertical boring mills
- Bar Feeders
- Vertical turning machines
- Single point and multiple-cutting-edge tools
- Machines set up in a machine cell environment
- Large metal lathes
- Multi-axis machines
- Bullard vertical turning lathes
- Vertical gantry mills
- Multitasking machines
- DeVlieg boring mills
- CNC machines
- Robotics: Twin spindles and robotic gantry loading lathes
- Machine tools, power tools and hand tools
- Pratt & Whitney Jig Borer Rotary and Milling Tables
- Surface grinders
- Mitsubishi vertical bridge mills
- Grinding machines
- Key seaters
- Saws and cold saws
- Drill presses and hydraulic presses
- Blanchard grinding machines
- Milling machines
- Milling and turning centers
- Large horizontal machining centers
Equipment Required To Move Large Parts and Components
Large capacity machines shops generally use large hoists (5 tons or more) and cranes that can handle parts up to 60,000 pounds or more. These hoists often run the length of the manufacturing facility which allow the machine shop employees to move really big and heavy parts around the plant. Cranes with at least 24 feet under the bridge also enable a large capacity machine shop to work on enormous parts. Forklifts or lift trucks also come in handy at large capacity machine shops, manufacturing factories and warehouses for moving heavy parts and components.
Example Large Part Machining Capacities
- Kiefer Tool and Mold is capable of machining parts measuring up to 120″ x 96″ on CNC controlled equipment and on manual drive machinery. Kiefer Tool has turning capabilities up to 70″ in diameter and 60″ in height. Kiefer Tool machines large parts precisely, quickly and affordably.
- Edgar Industries milling and turning center has a 65 inch table diameter with an 80 inch maximum swing, and can machine a work piece up to 72 inches tall with live milling tooling. Their horizontal machining centers can machine large parts up to 66 x 65 x 55 inches. Their new vertical machining center can machine large parts up to 59 x 165 x 24 inches.
- One of the largest workcenters at Dynamic Industries accommodates workpieces up to 88′ long x 14′ wide x 10′ high. Their crane capacity can handle large parts up to 150,000 lbs. Kiefer Tool and Mold has a 36,000 square foot machining facility that is capable of handling some of the largest industrial and manufacturing equipment parts and components.
- Lincoln Park Boring in Michigan can handle workpieces that weigh up to 120 tons. Lincoln Park Boring can machine large parts measuring up to 142” x 128” in diameter and height. Their shop can grind large components measuring up to 144” x 144” x 48” and weighing up to 10 tons.
- 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. Their large part machining systems have a range of work envelopes which allows Ansco to choose the right machine for the right parts. Their large capacity machine shop uses vertical CNC turning centers that have a maximum part size of 100” (2540 mm). The CNC milling equipment at Ansco ranges in size from 16” x 24” vertical machining centers to 60” x 60” horizontal machining centers. Ansco has horizontal machining centers, two Makino a51 horizontal machining centers that are capable of handling workpieces up to 24.8-by-35.4 inches. They use a Makino a92 that can go up to 59-by-59 inches. Their machinists can handle workpieces to 12,000 pounds.
- Kraft Werks Engineering has a CNC vertical boring mill that can turn parts up to 246″ in diameter and a horizontal boring mill with 144″ vertical & 600″ of horizontal travel.
- Merril Tool and Machine, located in Saginaw, MI was founded in 1968 by Gary and Mary Kay Yackel. The large part machining company uses three, four, and five axis computer numerically controlled horizontal milling centers, vertical milling centers and vertical turning lathes. Their 120,000 facility is capable of machining multifarious parts up to 54 feet in length and 145 inch diameter. Their large machine shop has a 100,000-lb lift capacity and 32 feet under crane hook.
- Aeromet Industries was founded in a rented garage in Lansing, IL in 1971. The large part machining company now utilizes a 25,000 square foot facility in Griffith, Indiana. The machine shop uses modern horizontal and vertical, along with a large swing lathe to machine plastics, stainless steel, titanium, alloys, aluminum and steel up to 394 inches long, 138 inches wide and 84 inches in height. Their large diameter turning equipment can accommodate workpieces up to 433 inches long and 72 inches in diameter. The machinists at Aeromet utilize 3 axis CNC machining capabilities, with 3- and 4-jaw chuck fixturing. Their machine shop can handle heavy parts and components up to 50 tons. The company is registered ISO 9001:2000. The company specializes CNC machining for large components. They are also experts at building and repairing recoiler drums, uncoiler drums and mandrel drums.
- Covert Manufacturing is located in Galion, Ohio. They have two facilities. The machining division is located in a 295,000 square foot facility. The woman-owned company also has a secondary manufacturing facility that measures almost 37,000 square feet. Covert Manufacturing is a $50-million-per-year production machining company that has experienced significant growth. Covert Manufacturing invests in modern CNC lathes, machining and tooling technology. Their variety of CNC tooling machines and dependable lathes are used for large part machining and large part turning. Some of their lathes have twin spindles and twin turrets in the following diameters and lengths: 20” turn diameter x 40” length, 12” turn diameter x 30” length and 23” turn diameter x 35” length. The company purchased their first Makino machines in the 1970s. Makino specializes in manufacturing machine tools such as 4 and 5 axis horizontal machining centers, graphite machining centers and vertical machining centers. The company, founded in 1967, provides high quality machining using more than 10 vertical machine centers which have a 42” x 27” x 27” machining envelope and rotary axis capability. The company, which has over 350 employees, uses over 50 horizontal machining centers to repair and manufacture large parts and large components, including twin 24” tables and robot cells.
- Coldwater Machine Company has expanded by focusing on large part machining. Coldwater machines components in-house at its 132,500-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Coldwater, Ohio. CMC’s biggest—and oldest—machine tool, a 1968 Wotan boring mill has a 260″ (6,604mm) X-axis travel and a 91″ (2,311mm) Y-axis travel.
Specifications For Large Part Machining Are Normally Described And Identified By Engineering Drawings And/Or Blueprints
Large capacity machine shops and contract manufacturing companies that produce large fabrications and large machined parts provide ‘build to print manufacturing’ and ‘build to specification manufacturing‘. ‘Build to Print‘ normally defines the manufacturing of a product with an existing design. Typical specifications for machining large parts include the ID (inside diameter) and OD (outside diameter). Specifications for large part machining also designate the completed workpiece dimensions and often regulate the required finish or surface smoothness on the part or component.
Common Types of Parts and Components Machined At Large Machine Shops
- Power transmission components (shafts, bushings, gears, pulleys, etc.)
- Heavy and large components for the power generation industry
- Press frames
- Turbines and discs
- Large flywheels used in heavy equipment applications
- Blade rings
- Hydraulic cylinders
- Compressor rings
- Large steel crossrail assemblies
- Jack up rigs
- Cast engine blocks
- Fly wheels
- Oil pans and skids
- Front and rear base assemblies
- Large plates
- Pressure vessels
- Large coupler components
- ASME steel and meta tanks
- Suspension components
- Base weldment assemblies
- Machines and fabricated bases, frames, gantries and other parts for machine tool industry clients
- Tie rods
- Bolster plates
- Gear blanks
- Rolling mill components
- Hydraulic powered machines
- Aircraft components
- Large and heavy components for underground and above ground mining equipment, trucks and wheel loaders
- Large parts for long wall miners and cutter heads for continuous miners
- Railroad and locomotive equipment including steering beams, oil pans and air boxes
- Large cast parts
- Frames for agricultural vehicles
- Power generation equipment
- Component parts for the wind power industry and wind turbines including hubs and bases
- Petroleum and oil drilling equipment
- Construction equipment
- Manufacturing equipment for machine tool makers
- Steel manufacturing and steel service industry equipment
- Large componets for the construction industry including sticks and booms for cranes and operator cabs and car bodies for construction cranes
- OEM, factory and manufacturing equipment
Choosing A Large Capacity Machine Shop
Companies that choose a large capacity machine shop or a large part contract manufacturing company to work on large parts and components base their decisions on a number of factors, some of which are listed below.
- Customer Service
- Ability to maintain tight tolerance
- Do they listen and offer solutions to challenges
- The dimensions of the part or component that needs to be machined
- Recent ISO certifications (ISO 9001 and AS9100) and quality management systems
- An understanding of the properties of the workpiece material (s) such as complex materials like titanium, stainless steel or alloys
- Ability to machine high quality precision parts accurately
- Welding capabilities: submerged arc welding, shielded metal arc welding (stick welding), robotic welders and MIG and TIG semi-automatic welding
- Reliability, turn around times, delivery record, speed and productivity
- A responsive project manager
- Prototype development and quality
- Defect rates
- Multi-tasking capabilities to allow machining in a single operation
- Communication skills
- Enthusiasm of engineers, sales representatives and machinists
- Design and engineering skills
- Industry knowledge and experience
- Ability to handle large machining projects at one location
- ‘One-Stop-Shop’ offerings and versatility
- Current and advanced technologies and techniques
- Thorough understanding of the materials to be machined
- Quality Control
- Availability and scheduling
- Appropriate spectrum of services
- Company history and longevity
- Testimonials, reputation, references or examples of previous work
- Live tooling
- Location – Due to costs of transportation of large parts and components
- High Internal operational standards and performance
- Adequate machining capacities and capabilities
- Specific skill sets of engineers and operators
- Technical support
- Technological capabilities and the types of machines and tools available to complete the work
Large Part Machining Costs, Rates and Prices
Large part machining, large diameter turning, large CNC machining, large plate machining and large precision machining services range in price from $100.00 to $150.00 per hour at Kiefer Tool and Mold. Large part machining rates depend on the complexity of the setup of the equipment, equipment and tool depreciation caused by the machining processes and the skill level required of the machinists involved in the work.
Rush Jobs, Onsite Inspections and Repairs, Large Part Maintenance And Field Services
We can complete large part machining jobs in a hurry. We keep tight delivery schedules. We provide emergency and “mission critical” equipment repair services. Kiefer Tool provides manufacturing companies with hydraulic press repair, hydraulic press maintenance, on-site inspections, on-site repairs, technical support and field services. Rates start at $100. per hour.
Large Part Machining Service Areas In The United States
Kiefer Tool machines large parts (including hydraulic and manufacturing equipment components) for companies throughout the Midwest, the Middle Atlantic, the Northeast and portions of the Southern United States. We machine heavy and long parts for manufacturing companies in Cleveland, Columbus, Youngstown, Erie, Toledo, Akron, Cincinnati, Rochester (NY), Fort Wayne, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Buffalo, Wheeling, St. Louis, Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Lexington, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Raleigh, Omaha, Louisville, Albany, Baltimore, Huntsville (AL), Farmington Hills (MI), Minneapolis, Charlotte, Norfolk (VA), Kansas City, Grand Rapids (MI), Memphis and Allentown (PA).
We provide extremely precise, punctual and reliable large part machining services to industrial operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, New Hampshire, Maine, Kentucky, Deleware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee and Kansas. We also have customers in northern Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Because of the prohibitive cost of shipping or transporting large parts and heavy manufacturing equipment components long distances, Kiefer Tool rarely serves companies located in the Western portion of the United States or the deep south. Due to the cost of travel, Kiefer Tool engineers and field service technicians don’t normally travel to the Western or Northwestern states to inspect large parts, hydraulic presses or other manufacturing machines.
Hydraulic Press and Hydraulic Cylinder Repair Services
If your company is considering scrapping a hydraulic press or hydraulic cylinder because the manufacturing company that built the press is no longer in business, or will not provide repair services, please talk to an engineer at Kiefer Tool first. We may be able to inspect your hydraulic press to see if it is worth repairing or rebuilding. We inspect crossheads, clevises, butt plates, mountings, clutch/brakes, seals, manifolds, beds, valves, flywheels, rams, moving platens, welded body cylinders, pumps, hydraulic pipes, hydraulic cylinders, lubrication systems, cylinder bases, trunnions, mechanical drives, bearings, robotic automation components, hydraulic fittings, subassemblies, master cylinders, pistons and piston rods, controls, electrical systems, cylinder barrels, flanges, cylinder heads, ports, dies and punches, tie rod cylinders, o-rings and other hydraulic press parts.
The following are some of the operations and equipment we use to conduct our Large Part Machining services.