S and S Machine
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Our Machine Shop Operation:
S and S Machine is an industrial machine shop which has been located in Roseville, California (between Sacramento and Auburn just off Interstate 80) since 1973. More specifically, we are a CNC (computer numerically controlled) job shop which means that we manufacture custom precision machined parts to our customers specifications on computer controlled machine tools. S and S Machine has about 25 employees and over 30,000 square feet of combined shop, office and warehouse space. We manufacture a wide range of items such as medical equipment parts, functional test fixtures for the electronics industry, aerospace parts, bicycle parts, machinery parts and just about anything else you can imagine that is machined from metal or plastic.
The History of S and S Machine:
S and S Machine was founded by Steve Smilanick in 1973 in Roseville, CA. It started as a job shop manufacturing a wide variety of custom machined components ranging from specialty whirlpool parts to automotive transmission and engine adapters.
In 1976, we took on a partner and began to produce our own product, a line of commercial salmon fishing gurdies (shown on the right without a motor) which led the company to incorporate as S and S Commercial Fishing Equipment Inc. Fishing gurdies are used on commercial salmon fishing boats to bring in the stainless steel fishing lines. In 1980 the Pacific Coast Fishing Commission changed the laws that regulated commercial fishing which resulted in the reduction of the size of the salmon fleet and therefore a rapid decline in demand for gurdies. Soon after that decline, S and S discontinued the production of gurdies and Smilanick bought out his partners half of the corporation but continued to do contract machining for our existing customers. We are still incorporated in California as S and S Commercial Fishing Equipment Inc. but we are doing business as S and S Machine.
The surplus machining capacity resulting from the loss of the gurdie business was quickly absorbed by our job shop operations. At that time, S and S also built it’s first building of 4000 square feet. Since then, we have continued to expand our contract machining capabilities by adding more customers, machines and employees.
A major turning point for S and S came in about 1981 as a result of our involvement with Shugart Associates, a computer floppy disk drive manufacturer, in Roseville. We manufactured a wide variety of tools and fixtures to print for their disk drive assembly line and we also worked with their engineers on the design and manufacture of special custom tools and test fixtures. One of our greatest accomplishments for Shugart was to design and build a head test and adjustment fixture that was built instead of a proposed twenty thousand dollar tool of their design. The tool that we designed cost only three thousand dollars but better yet, was done in only 3 days instead of the 4 to 6 weeks that would have been required if we had done the job as proposed by them. With the use of that tool, they were able to reduce their rejection rate of finished drives from 95% failure rate (they had to assemble each drive to find out if the head was good or bad) to almost 0% due to bad heads. With approximately 300 workers at their plant assembling those drives, and with a 95% failure rate at final inspection, they were in big trouble without a test fixture that could inspect and repair a head before it was installed in the drive. When Shugart later closed their Roseville plant, the engineers that we did design work for moved to other companies and took us with them as a supplier. That quickly broadened our customer base which resulted in a major increase in our work load. By 1986, we had outgrown our building so we purchased the 17,000 sq ft building where we are currently located.
Over the years, we have found that design work and cost reduction continue to be one of our major strengths. For the last 15 years, we have offered extensive design assistance to our customers in the high tech industries. On a regular basis, we manufacture complex assembly and test fixtures for electronics companies and we have had as many as 57 fixtures in progress at the same time.
In addition to our contract machine work, in 1993, we designed and developed a bicycle frame tube coupling device for the bicycle industry which is now used by over 100 bicycle framebuilders around the world. The coupling is called an S and S Bicycle Torque Coupling™ (BTC™). BTCs are used by world class cyclists like Greg LeMond as well as frequent flyers who just want to take their favorite bicycle with them when they travel. BTCs allow a cyclist to pack a full size bicycle in an airline legal case that measures only 26x26x10” (see us at http://www.sandsmachine.com). The coupling has also revolutionized bicycle design by making it possible to make convertible bicycles which can be assembled into multiple configurations. The most radical convertible made so far is a Ventana tandem to quint convertible. It can be configured to accommodate two, three, four or five riders.
We always look for ways to improve the performance and reliability of a part.
We are dedicated to cost reduction through improved efficiency and part simplification.
We work hard to develop and maintain long term relationships with our customers.
We know that our success is dependent on the success of our customers.
On Time Delivery:
Our pricing is based on a formula that uses variables including production quantity, hourly shop rate, actual part run time, material cost, and subcontractor costs. We take all of those factors into consideration to establish the price of a part.
Our hourly shop rates are as follows: manual machine work = $70.00/hour, CNC machine work = $85.00/hour; CAD services = $85.00/hour, inspection services = $80.00/hour, Mazak Mulitplex CNC machine work = $100.00/hour.
S and S Machine is committed to cutting costs through improved efficiency and part simplification. We hate waste and love a challenge. We frequently see details on parts that don't make sense from a manufacturing perspective or a tolerance that seems too tight. When that happens, we will very likely call the purchasing agent or engineer and discuss the issue. Here are two examples of parts we improved significantly.
Example 1. We were making a precision rack for a customer for about a year but we were having problems holding the tolerances because the raw investment castings they provided were warped up to .040" and the print called for only .005" tolerance. We brought the problem to the attention of our customer and they wouldn't change the investment casting tooling since the parts we made were working yet they wouldn't change the print to accept a looser tolerance. At that point, we decided to quit making the part. A few months later they came back to us with a truck load of that parts that another machine shop made that wouldn't work in their machine. We reworked the other shop's parts and made them useable but they were still not to print. A year or so later, we redesigned the part and not only reduced the weight and improved its reliability, but it dropped the cost from $457.00 each to about $150.00. At the time, their monthly usage was 500 parts which resulted in a cost savings of over $150,000 per month and we have been building that part now for over15 years.
Example 2. Another trouble part we redesigned was a 21 inch diameter Mic-6 aluminum instrument ball bearing with plastic (Delrin) balls (21" sounds big for an instrument but it has a robot that works in the open bearing bore which is why it has to be so big) It had a very high failure rate and when it failed, it not only destroyed the test samples loaded in the instrument causing unacceptable delays and loss of revenue but a technician had to be flown to the site to completely disassemble the complex instrument to replace the bearing. That process tied up a technician for at least two days and cost thousands of dollars. We were familiar with the problem that they were having with the old non adjustable bearing so we suggested an alternative design that would allow for adjustment of the bearing during regular servicing of the machine and looser manufacturing tolerances. We received an order for a prototype of our new design. Once the prototype was tested and approved by our customer, we received a contract to produce them and we have made thousands of them since then. We not only reduced the cost of the bearing due to a design that allowed for looser manufacturing tolerances, but over the10 plus years of using the new bearing, not a single bearing has failed or needed replacing.
Example 3.This a top and bottom view of a plastic molded part that we made a machined aluminum replacement for. We stumbled onto this job when I happened to be visiting our customer's facility regarding another part and I was invited into the purchasing directors office. While there, the director had a discussion with an engineer regarding this part and how poor the quality was and the trouble it was causing by delaying the delivery of their machines. He told me how expensive it was and how much trouble he was having getting good parts. I suggested that if he couldn't find a vendor that could produce a good part and if production was being delayed, he might want to consider a temporary measure of having it machined from aluminum plate. I told him that I thought we could do it for about the same as the molded part and that I could guarantee he wouldn't have trouble with the part breaking. We got and order the next day and as it turned out, we made hundreds of those parts until the machine went out of production several years later and we never had a failure or problem of any kind. We did it for about the same price or slightly less than the original plastic part but they saved overall due to it's reliability. This is a great example of why we like to be locate close to our customers so we can get involved if a problem arises..
Click here for a close-up view of the defects in the molded part and a comparison to the new part..
Problems with the original bezel:
The edge of the bezel was pitted which caused leakage at the gasket.
Fine edges would break off.
Screw bosses would break off.
There were also lots of pinholes everywhere.
The plastic bezel was prone to cracking at the corners after being delivered to the customer.
Parts Made by S and S Machine:
Functional Test Fixtures for the Electronics Industry
We design and build a wide variety of functional test fixtures for the electronics industry. A design might take from 1 to 3 weeks to complete plus an additional 2 to 6 weeks to produce the actual fixture. If multiple fixtures are being made, we typically make all the parts at once but we only assemble the first fixture to test the design. Normally the fixtures work as planned and there are very few if any modifications to the original design required.
All of our fixtures are designed on AutoDesk Inventor so we can test the fixture in a 3D model on the computer before we start machining.
We build very simple fixtures which might be designed to test a small peripheral device such as a video card or other small circuit board while it's connected to a larger device such as a computer. A typical simple fixture might plug the video card into the PCI slot on a computer to verify the video cards functionality.
A more complex test fixture might test a motherboard. When testing a motherboard, all peripheral devices and components necessary to make a fully functional computer need to be connected with as little as a single lever movement. The items typically connected to the motherboard include the CPU, monitor, video card, modem, network card, power supply, hard drive, floppy drive, CD drive plus every input or output connector must be connected to the motherboard. Once the devices are connected, the board is automatically powered up and run through a series of functional tests to verify it's performance. At S and S Machine, we typically do the mechanical portion of the fixture, not the electronics or software.
In this example, a fixture is mounted on top of a computer chassis that was modified to accept the fixture. An extender board is mounted in the PCI slot of the computer and the device being tested is automatically plugged into the extender board. Using an extender not only makes it easy to access the motherboard, but it also is cheaper to replace the extender board rather than the computer mother board when the PCI slot contacts get worn out from all the use it gets plugging the cards in and out..
This fixture has the ability to hold many different sizes and shapes of cards. When the actuation lever is moved, the card advances towards a adaptor card that is loaded into a vacant expansion slot in a pc.
With this fixture, the unit under test is set in a nest that is stationary. The connectors and hold downs move from each side to engage the card. The last motion of the hand lever brings a probe plate up from the bottom to contact test points located on the bottom of the card.
This fixture has two different test bays for testing two different types of cards. It has a "keep out plate" so only one type of card can be tested at a time. The white "keep out plate" flips from one side to the other and prevents more than one card being inserted at a time. When the lever is actuated, the card moves into a modified computer cassis and the test is performed.
This is a bit of an unusual test fixture in that our customer wanted to be able to stack as many fixtures high and wide as was necessary to keep the operator busy loading and unloading boards while other boards were being tested. The board being tested was placed in the drawer and when the drawer was closed, it plugged the card into a system board (not shown here) that was located in the empty area in the middle of the fixtures. It also automatically scanned two barcodes with a barcode reader that was moved by a solenoid to each barcode label. The first two photos show drawer open and closed. The second and third photos have the cover removed to show the inside. The open space in the middle is where the system board will go.
When fixture lever is actuated, the board is grabbed with fingers from the side to hold the card down. Then, a probe plate comes up from the bottom to electrically probe board as the board moves forward to engage the system board. It is shown here with the cover removed. Normally, only the lower red portion next to the hand lever is exposed.
In this fixture, the card under test is placed in a nest in the center, as the lever is actuated the nest and a front slide loaded with connectors and probes move towards the system board at different rates so that all the probes and connectors plug to the card under test at the same time. The last part of the action is to bring a plate down from the top to probe test points on the top of the board. All of those actions are accomplished with the movement of one lever.
Fixture opened to show the mechanical workings, view from the back and front view.
This is an extra large six axis fixture. It measures over 4 feet tall and instead of sitting on a table, it sits directly on the floor. With a single lever action, the fixture brings the system board under test into a back plane board then stripper rods come up from the bottom and down from the top to sandwich the board in place. Next, the components are inserted from the top, bottom and left side. The weight of the components that rise from the bottom are over 150 lbs. Once all of the components are connected or probed, the system is automatically booted up and the board is tested. This fixture can be locked in the open or closed position electrically. Again this is all done with a single lever that can be easily actuated by one hand. 3D CAD models like the one shown here are made and tested before we begin production.
Aerospace and Military Parts and Support Tooling
Although we have done aerospace parts in the past, we now stick to aerospace tooling rather than parts that fly. The documentation aspect of aerospace parts can be more demanding that making the actual part not to mention the added cost of insurance to do that type of work. Since compared to our commercial work, aerospace parts were such a small percentage of what we did, we decided to no longer bid those jobs. Tooling on the other hand, is also interesting and challenging but since it doesn't fly, it usually doesn't require extensive documentation so we continue to take those jobs when they are available..
This is a compression mold that is use to mold a charge retainer (shown in the small photo). This charge retainer is mounted on a fighter jet between the flight recorder and the fuselage so if the jet is about to crash, the charge retainers explodes blowing the flight recorder away from the crash scene to prevent the recorder from being crushed or burned. The retainer is molded from a foam material then the explosive charge is installed in the groove which can be seen in the photo to the right. As you can see, there is nothing simple about the shape of the part. It looks like a roller coaster track. It goes up and down and banks and twists along the way so there are almost no straight sections. The cross section of the groove and flange stays the same along the entire way around so when it twists, it produces undercuts that have to be machined with special cutters.
We made the mold for this charge retainer that goes in the canopy of a Harrier jet. When a pilot ejects, the charge detonates and breaks the canopy into small pieces so the pilot won't get injured going through it.
Special Purpose Machines or Devices
These devices aren't specific to any industry. They might be a testing, manufacturing, measuring or processing device that could be form just about any field from medical science to manufacturing. We have made soil sampling tools, chemical weighing devices, surgical devices, calibration devices, special tools, internal combustion engines, automated test equipment, materials handling devices, assembly tooling, work holding devices and a myriad of other things that fall into this category. Unfortunately, most of those devices involve patents or trade secrets so they can't be shown here.
Turning machine: This is a special purpose turning machine that we made for one of our customers. As with most for the devices that we make, it was designed on our CAD system so it could be tested before we began production.
Dental implant testing machine: This machine was designed and manufactured at S and S Machine for Dr. Paul Binon who was doing research regarding the life expectancy of dental implants as a function of implant manufacturing tolerances. It combines vertical movement, that represents the force of chewing, with a circular motion, so the chewing load is applied at different places on the abutment (top) of the implant, each time the pin comes down. By combining a vertical and circular motion, it more closely simulates chewing.
The tooth is mounted in the black block labeled C. All ten blocks are mount on a horizontal bar, labeled E, that moves slowly in circular motion in a horizontal plane. The vertical force comes from a pin that is spring mounted in a piston, labeled B, that is driven down by the camshaft, labeled A, as it rotates. The piston moves back up under spring pressure when the cam rotates away from the piston. The piston has a roller mounted on the top to extend the life of the cams. To detect wear, an electrical probe is set to a precise distance from the abutment. That distance setting or gap is set by using a dial indicator and an indicator light. The gap is set by first bringing the probe into contact with the abutment being tested which completes a low voltage electrical circuit. Then, the probe is moved away from the abutment until the circuit is broken. Then, the probe is adjusted to a specific distance (the specified gap) away from the abutment with the dial indicator, labeled D. The indicator can be slid along the front bar, labeled E, to setup the other implants for testing. When the implant wears out due to screw loosening, the abutment portion of the implant begins to rock from side to side. When it rocks enough to bridge the gap and touch the electrical probe momentarily, it completes the electrical circuit and stops the machine. By recording the meter reading, in minutes, for each implant's start and finish time, it is possible to calculate the exact life of each implant in cycles, even though the machine is starting and stopping as different implants fail. When an implant fails, a light indicates which implant failed. Once a new implant that needs testing has been put into the machine and adjusted, the reset button is pressed and testing is resumed. The meter is never reset to zero so it's easy to keep track of start and stop times for each implant.
|Eddy current test machine. This testing machine was designed to detect cracks is aluminum discs that were being machined on a production basis. The machine has an indexable platen with three wells that each accept one part. A part is loaded at station 1 then the platen indexes the part to station 2 where eddy current test probes move back and forth across the top and bottom of the disc while it spins. Once the test is completed, the platen indexes to station 3 where rejected parts automatically ejected. Good parts come back to the loading station, station one, and are manually removed and a new part is loaded for testing. We built this machine from top to bottom for our customer who did the design work in phases as we built parts. Although we weren't responsible for the overall design, we did assist their engineer on many parts to make them easier to manufacture. This machine sits on the floor and is about 6 feet tall. Most of the mechanical parts are located in the cabinet below the platen.|
|Torsion, tension and bending test fixture. We built this fixture to demonstrate that a frame tube with our a Bicycle Torque Coupling installed in it is stronger in torsion, tension and bending than an equivalent length section of tube without a coupling.|
This fixture brings a set of probes down and compresses them against contacts on the unit under test, it also applies a load to torque the board during the test. This helps check for opens or shorts in the traces of the board.
|BattleBot We built the gearbox and motor mounts for this BattlBot. Click the image for more photos of the parts we made, some battle action shots and a link to the BattleBot web site.|
|Steel, stainless steel and black anodized parts.||Brass, copper, titanium and stainless steel|
|Black anodize aluminum parts||Painted or anodized aluminum.|
|PTFE, Delrin, polyethylene and G10||Aluminum parts (no finish)|
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Bicycle Torque Couplings
We also have a product of our own called a BTC (Bicycle Torque Coupling). BTCs were invented and are produced at S and S Machine. A full size bicycle with BTCs installed can be taken apart and packed into a case that travels as regular airline luggage. This coupling was the result of Steve Smilanick's passion for cycling and his desire to take his bike with him on a Mediterranean cruise. We make BTCs out of several materials including: 17-4 PH stainless steel, 304 stainless, 7005 aluminum, 6AL/4V titanium and chrome-moly steel. The coupling in the photo on the right is made from 17-4 PH stainless steel. All of our couplings are machined from solid bar stock on a Mazak Multiplex CNC machine tool. The Mazak combines two lathe spindles with milling capabilities to efficiently produce highly accurate parts. That machine makes nothing but couplings every day, all year round.
The photo on the left, shows how a frame equipped with BTCs separates so it will fit into a case that travels as regular airline luggage. In addition to single bikes, tandem bicycles can also be fit with couplings so they fit into the same size case or cases. Some bicycle framebuilders even make bicycles that can be assembled in different configurations to handle anywhere from two to five riders. They are called convertibles and they are a completely new class of bicycles made possible by BTCs.
S and S Machine is a comprehensive industrial manufacturing resource for our customers. Our services are very diverse and we continue to expand our capabilities. We focus on jobs that involve primarily industrial machine work but we are capable of doing additional processes as well. We commonly do fabrication, sheet metal work, design work or any other services that are required to meet the needs of our customers. Our production quantities range from one part to over a thousand. Most runs range from twenty to two hundred pieces.
Fabrication processes: Welding, bending, forming, punching, grinding and sawing.
Sheet metal process: Stamping, shearing, bending, punching, notching, welding,
Services: Assembly, calibration, inspection, mechanical drawings, CAD drawings, design work assistance, heat treating, digitizing, invention development, product development and manufacturing engineering (process improvement).
Outside processes: water jet cutting, plasma cutting, laser jet cutting,
Typical parts: Functional test fixtures, tooling, prototypes, industrial models, instrument parts, medical equipment parts, bicycle parts, robot parts, prosthetic parts, tools, special purpose machines, molds, electronic enclosures, test equipment, sampling devices, material handling equipment, jigs and fixtures, drill jigs, assembly tooling, templates, inspection tooling, compression molds, machinery, instrumentation, stamping dies, welding fixtures and electronics tooling.
Things we don't do: We don't do automotive suspension, steering, power train or engine work for consumers. We have done automotive parts on a production basis.
|The photo shows one of two of our stock racks which are each 40 feet long. In this rack, we maintain a basic inventory of 6061 T6 bar stock in flat, square and round so we can respond quickly to our customers needs. Our second rack has all the basic sizes of cold finished 1018 mild steel in flat, square and round plus an assortment of 303, 304 and 17-4 PH stainless steel, Stressproof and free machining brass. In another area, we keep an assortment of plastics such as Delrin, nylon and UHMW. We also maintain a modest inventory of tool steel.|
Aluminum alloys: 1100,1145, QC-10 ALLOY, 1235, 2007, 2011 2017, 2025, 3003, 3105, 4042, 5052, 5083, 5086, 6013, 6020, 6060, 6061, 6063, 7050, 7068, 7005.
Cast aluminum: tooling plate (mic-6 and alca Plus, k100, k100s), aluminum castings, tenzalloy, 356,
Copper and copper alloys: beryllium copper, C17510, OFHC copper 101, copper 102, 110, 122, 145, 182, naval brass , bronze, aluminum bronze: CuAl5, CuAl8, CuAl8Fe3, CuAl9Mn2, CuAl10Fe3, CuAl10Fe5Ni5copper, Brass alloy 260 330 353 360 385 464 485.
Titanium: GRADE 2, TI-6AL-4V, GRADE 5 and CP titanium, Beta C, TI 38644, TI-3AL-8V-6CR-4MO-4Z, ASTM Grade 19, ASTM Grade 20
Stainless Steel: 17-4 ph, 16-6 ph, 420, 420V, 13-8 PH, 15-5 PH, 440C, 410, 2205, 309, 321, 416, 303,304, 316, 301, inconel, monel, nickel 200
Tool Steel: A2, S7, D2, A10, Graph Air, P20, M2, M7, O1, W1
Steel: 8620, 8620L, 4340, 12L14, A36, E52100, 1144, 1215, 1018, 1020, Linear bearing shafting, turn ground and polished shafting, linear bearing shafting, true bar, precision shafting, Cromolly, Ledloy, DOM Tubing, Hydraulic Cylinder Tubing, Pump Shafting, Stressproof, Fatigueproof, , 4130 and 4140 chrome-moly steel, hot rolled steel, cold rolled steel, cast iron, cast steel.
Plastics: Delrin, acetal, polypropolene, G10, phenolic, acrylic, polycarbonate, Kynar, peek and ESD plastics.Nylon 6/12, Hydlar Z, Peek, Polycarbonate, PET, PETG, Hydex, Polyethermide, Polyethylene, LDPE, HDPE, UHMW, VHMW, Polymide, Kapton, Vespel, Cirlex, Polypropylene, Polyslfone, PPS, Tecamax
Other Materials: Magnesium, Wood, plywood, Baltic Birch, particle board, Glasss-Mica, Crystex, MM400, MM500, MM600, MM800, Ceramics, Mykroy, Mycalex, Zerconia ceramics, Alumina Silicate ceramics, Wonderstone, Lava, Carbon Fiber, Graphite, Macor.
Plating, anodizing and other finishing process we can provide: Powder coating, plating, painting, anodizing, nickel plating, gold plating, silver plating, copper plating, hot dipped galvanizing, electroless nickel, chrome plating, hard chrome plating, hard coat anodizing, hard anodizing, conversion coat, alodine, chem film, bead blasting, chemical etching, teflon coating, vacuum brazing, electro polishing, polishing,
The S and S Machine Crew
The crew at S and S is our most valuable asset. They are highly skilled and committed to delivering top quality parts on time. In addition to getting the job done, they are always looking for ways to make improvements in our customers parts which can result in either a better part or a cost savings for our customers or both.
We are also pleased at their
commitment to S and S as evidenced by their years of service. Our 28
employees have a combined total of 376 years service for an average of
just over 13 years per employee. Our plant manager, Jay Molander, has been
with S and S now for over 35 years.
Our Safety Record
Our Safety Record is something we are very proud of. Considering the potential danger of working in a machine shop with razer sharp cutters, flying metal chips, heavy objects, rotating machinery and potentially slippery floors, we feel our crew is doing a great job of preventing injuries! It is no accident that our record is so good. Everyone works hard to prevent hazardous situations from occurring and corrects them immediately when they are discovered.
- 1 Mazak 625 Multiplex with rear load magazine bar feeder, 2 spindles each with turning & milling, 6 axis (actual photo)
- 1 Mazak Multiplex 625 Dual Spindle CNC Lathe/Mill with bar feed, front load magazine bar feeder
- Mazak 18MS CNC Lathe/Mill, Super Quick Turn, with gantry robot loader, 2 spindles each with turning and milling, 5 axis
- Mazak 15SP CNC Lathe, Quick Turn, (8" dual spindle, turning only)
- Mazak V414 CNC Vertical Machining Center with two pallets, 28 tools
- 2 Akira-Seiki V5 XP Vertical Machining Center X52.2 Y 24.6 Z 25, 24 tools
- 2 Akira-Seiki V4.5 Vertical Machining Centers, Travel: X 45" Y 25" Z 26" 28 tools, 25 hp, 9000 RPM spindle, w/8" 4th axis rotary table
- 1 Akira-Seiki HSV 1400 Vertical Machining Center X56.6 Y30.2 Z27, 24 tools
- 1 Advanced VMC 560 machining center 16" x 22" with 16 tool, tool changer
- 1 Yam 3A vertical machining center 18" x 30 " with 20 tool, tool changer
- 2 Advanced VMC 1000 machining center 20" x 40" with 20 tool, tool changer
- 1 Amura Seiki machining center 20" x 40" with 25 tool, tool changer
- 1 Yam CK2 lathe with 1 3/4" bar capacity
- 2 Troyke rotary table 15" cnc 4th axis-horizontal & vertical for Yam 3A
- 1 Troyke rotary table 15" cnc 4th axis horizontal & vertical for Advanced VMC 1000
- 1 Renishaw scanning probe (digitizing system)
- 2 Akira Seiki machining center 23" x 51" with 22 tool, tool changer
- 2 Femco Durga-25E lathes, with 32 tool, tool changer
- 2 Terry Bar bar feeders, with 2 ½" dia. x 20’ capacity
- 1 Tsudakoma rotary table 12 ½" cnc 4 th axis horizontal & vertical for Yam 3A
- 1 Tsudakoma rotary table 12 ½" cnc 4 th axis horizontal & vertical
Milling Machines, Manual
- 16 Bridgeport or Bridgeport type vertical mill with digital readout & power feed
- 1 Van Norman universal horizontal mill with vertical attachment
- 2 Comet mill, vertical, heavy duty oversize Bridgeport type
- 1 Cincinnati #1-18 production mill
- 1 Cincinnati #2-24 production mill
- 2 Cincinnati #2 mh mill horizontal
- 1 Brown & Sharpe horizontal mill #2b
- 1 Kearney & Trecker no. 2 vertical mill - 10 h.p.
- 1 Cincinnati #2 vertical mill
- 2 Hardinge chucker with automatic threading
- 1 Hardinge chucker with manual threading
- 1 Tsugami chucker with manual threading
- 1 Clover engine lathe, 17"x60" 25" gap
- 3 Osama engine lathe, 17"x40" 25" gap
- 1 Osama engine lathe, 17"x80" 25" gap
- 1 Web engine lathe, 17"x40"
- 1 Cincinnati engine lathe, 12 1/2"x42"
- 1 Osama engine lathe with 60" bed
- 1 Warner Swasey 3A turret lathe, 6" through spindle with 3 jaw chuck
- 1 Warner Swasey 3A turret lathe, 4 1/2" bar feed and collet closer (actual photo)
- 1 Morey #4 turret lathe, 2 3/8" bar feed
- 1 Ward #2 db turret lathe, 1 1/2" bar feed
- 1 Lin Haun 5c turret lathe, 1 1/8" bar feed
- 1 Gisholt No. 5 turret lathe
- 1 Abrasive 8"x24" #3b surface grinder power table
- 1 Lisle drill sharpener
- 1 Clawi-Spiral drill sharpener
- 1 Dumore toolpost grinder
- 1 Baldor tool room grinder, 6"
- 3 pedestal grinders 6’, 8", 10"
- 1 Sunnen hone, power stroke model MBB-1800
- 1 DoAll surface grinder, hydraulic feed 8" x 20 "
- Agathon 175-1 diamond tool grinder
- 1 Mega automatic horizontal band saw with auto bar feed, 16"
- 1 Wells #1000 horizontal band saw, 10"x16"
- 1 Wilton horizontal band saw, 4 1/2"x6 1/2"
- 1 DoAll vertical bandsaw 36" with welder
- 1 DoAll vertical bandsaw 30" with welder
- 1 Grob vertical bandsaw 36"
- 1 Leiten vertical band saw, 20"
- 1 Makita abrasive cut off saw, 14"
- Sever-All Model 1A, Abrasive cut off saw
- Rollin Fabrication band saw
- 1 Central drill press, special application
- 1 Fosdick drill press, 24"
- 1 floor model drill press #3 taper, 18"
- 1 First floor drill press, 17", #3 taper
- 2 First bench drill press, 16"
- 1 Rexon bench drill press, 14", 1/2"
- 1 Chicago bench drill press, 14"
- 9 floor drill press, 14", 1/2"
- 1 Electro-Mechano drill press, 15,000 RPM
- 1 Federal punch press, 18 ton
- 1 Bliss punch press, 12 ton
- 1 Diamond punch press, 9 ton
- 1 Benchmaster punch press, 5 ton
- 1 Marshallton 5hp, 40 ton
- 4 Mr Deburr vibratory deburring machines 6.0 cu. ft. See a photo of our actual machines
- 1 Speed D Burr vibratory deburring machine 6.0 cu ft.
- 1 vibratory deburring machine 6.0 cu ft.
- 1 Burr-Bench vibratory deburring machine 2.5 cu. ft.
- 1 vibratory deburring machine 1.5 cu. ft.
- 1 Universal bead blaster 36"x30"
- 2 Dayton buffer, 10"
- 3 Gray Mills parts washer
- 4 Rockwell belt sander, 1"
- 1 6" belt sander
- 1 8"x 107" belt sander
- 1 4" x 60" wet belt sander
- 1 16" disc sander
Sheet Metal Equipment
- 1 Mitutoyo coordiante measuring machine, 28"x20"x15 1/2"
- 1 Mitutoyo coordinate measuring machine, , 20"x16"x12"
- 1 OGP ( Optical Gaging Products ) optical comparator 30 " with digital readout, .0001 accuracy & 10x, 25x, 31.25x, 50x, 62.5x & 100x magnification Photo of our machine
- 1 Micro Vu optical comparator, 14" with digital readout & 10x & 20x magnification
- 1 J & L 30" optical comparator with 5x, 10x, 20x, 50x & 100x magnification
- 3 Stereo microscope 20x
- 1 Mitutoyo toolmakers microscope x y travel 2" x.0001"
- 3 digital height gage, 18" - 24" SPI and Mitutoyo
- 3 vernier height gage 18" - 24"
- 2 dial height gage, 18" - 24"
- 1 surface plate, granite 48"x36"
- 8 Starrett surface plate, granite 36"x24"
- 5 surface plate, granite 24"x18"
- 1 granite master square surface plate, 14x14x3
- 1 Wilson Rockwell type hardness tester for Rockwell c, b, etc.
- 1 Wilson hardness tester Rockwell superficial type for Rockwell 15n 30n 45n, etc. (actual photos of our testers)
- 3 gage block sets (81 pc, 36 pc, 8 pc)
- 1 gage pin set .011 - 1.000" in .001" increments
- 1 gage pin set .001 -.750 in .001" increments
- 1 Trimos height master, 12", with 6" master ext.
- 3 Fowler Sylvac bore gage sets, range 6mm – 150mm (.236 – 5.905) with 5 digital readout displays
- 1 Fowler Bowers Sylvac bore gage set, range 10mm – 19mm (.394 -.748dia) with digital readout
- 200+ Ring gage standards from .0985 dia. to 5.970
- 1 Mitutoyo micrometers set (1" to 12")
- 4 Thread pitch micrometers (1" to 3")
- 4 Blade micrometers, up to 5"
- 1 36" Mitutoyo inside mic set
- 1 Pratt & Whitney bench type super mic
- 1 Federal Series 99P-20 groove gage
- 1 MikroTest plating thickness gage
- 15 Chatillon Mechanical Force Gages, ranging from 5 to 500 lbs.
- 10 Correx gram gages / Dynamometers, ranging from .5 - 5 grams to 100 - 500 grams
- 250+ Deltronic precision gage pins, assorted sizes
- 300+ Thread, Plug and Ring gage sets
- misc vernier calipers to 80"
- misc precision v-blocks to 12"
- misc dial indicators from Brown and Sharpe and others
- misc precision machinist squares up to 36"
- 1 GeoMeasure 3000 v 1.3 (metrological software for CMM)
- 1 Autodesk Inventor, 3D computer aided design software - CAD (subscription)
- 1 Mechanical Desktop DX, 2D & 3D computer aided design software - CAD (subscription)
- 1 AutoCad Mechanical, 2D computer aided design software - CAD (subscription)
- 1 AutoCad, 2D computer aided design software (subscription)
- 1 Tracecut by renishaw digitizing software
- 2 Mastercam , 2D & 3D computer aided machining software - CAM (subscription)
- HP Laser Jet 5100 PCL6 11 X 17 Printer
- 2 Procunier leadscrew tapping machines
- 2 Bridgeport vertical mill slotter / shaper attachments
- 2 Haas 5c automatic indexing head, programmable
- 1 8" rotary table with Haas control
- 7 rotary tables 8", 10", 12", 15", 16"
- 1 12" universal (tilting) rotary table "SIP" (swiss made)
- 1 8" superspacer
- 5 dividing heads 8", 10", 12"
- 1 5c indexer (Hardinge head)
- 8 Geometric die heads 3/4 - 2 1/2"
- 3 H&G die heads 0 - 3/4"
- 1 Di-Acro #2 bender
- 3 Di-Acro #1A benders
- 1 Jet 2 ton arbor press
- 1 Jet 3 ton arbor press
- 1 Famco #4 arbor press
- 1 40 ton hydraulic press
- 1 Kellog/Comp air rotary air compressor 30 hp
- 1 Gardner-Denver Elecrta-Screw, Rotary Screw Compressor, 30HP, 130 CFM, Model EBEGD
- 1 Curtis air compressor, 80 gallon 5 hp
- 1 Curtis air compressor,` 120 gallon 10 hp
- 1 Clark 8000 # forklift
- 1 Toyota 6000 # forklift
- 1 Baker 4500 # forklift
- 1 1000 # shoplifter, electric
- 1 Lucifer dual chamber heat treat furnace, 12" x 15" x 30"
- 1 Lucifer dual chamber heat treat furnace 11" x 12" x 24" (actual photo)
- 1 Superior heat treat furnace 8" x 8" x 5" chamber
Although we have customers all over the US and abroad, we are really in our element when we can work face to face with engineers. When we get a part that is costly to produce due to a feature that is either difficult to machine or inspect, we often talk to engineers to try and find a functional equivalent that is less costly. That process seems to work best when we can meet with the engineers in person and it's even better if we can get our hands on the assembly that the part fits into. For that reason, we tend focus on our local community. These are some of the cities that we can most efficiently serve: Antelope, Auburn, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Marysville, Newcastle, North Highlands, Orangevale, Penryn, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Woodland and Yuba City.
In memory of Pete