These companies make the machines that are used to produce the products designed by
engineers. As a newly ordained member of the half-century club who has been in the defense
contracting and commercial design and production field for nearly 30 years, I can remember
the days when most electronics companies had in-house machining capabilities.
I used to love going down to the machine shop to watch the lathes, end mills, and
other precision tools turn out parts for torpedo nose cones, airborne radar system chassis
and antenna steering units, and many other assemblies. I witnessed the slow, steady metamorphosis
where the shops were turned into empty chambers. Only a few benchtop prototyping and
repair tolls remained. It was a sad thing to watch. I even remember when companies like
General Electric had their own in-house PC board fabrication equipment.
Now, most of that work is farmed out to contract houses. They do an excellent job,
but the engineers and technicians do not have the opportunity to see their creation converted
from paper (a computer screen nowadays) to a physical part. Sure it is probably best
to concentrate specialties for efficiencies, but just as having a car that you can actually
do your own work on deepens your knowledge of the vehicle, being able to see the product
development process run from concept through to production adds a dimension to your professional
experience that cannot be gained otherwise.
Acu-Rite | 800-344-2311
| Jamestown, NY
Provides the machine tool industry with the finest quality readout
systems, precision glass scales and CNC controls.
Allied Machinery | 562-789-8600 | Santa Fe Springs, CA
Specializes in the repair & sales of metal
fabricating equipment, punch presses, shears and press brakes.
| 920-684-4990 | Manitowoc, WI
Quality machine tools and fabrication equipment including
benders, drill presses, grinders and sanders, ironworkers and punching, lathes, metal
forming and shaping, milling machines, notchers, press brakes presses, roll benders,
saws, shears, sheet metal equipment, tubing and pipe equipment.
Black Bros. Co
| 800-252-2568 | Mendota, IL
Laminating machines, adhesive spreaders, roll coaters,
rotary laminators and air pod presses.
Bourn & Koch
| 815-965-4013 | Rockford, IL
Manufactures precision machine tool products including
gear cutting machines, grinders, checkers, VTL's, multispindles, machining centers, lathes.
| 607-734-2281 | Elmira, NY
Vertical & horizontal machining centers, 5-axis machining
center, knee mills, grinders, drills.
Corp | 636-239-0300 | Washington MO
Manufacturer of air-powered blast
equipment including portable pressure blast machines, and manual and automated cabinets
for use with recyclable blast media.
CS Unitec |
800-700-5919 | Norwalk, CT
Electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic power tools for construction
and industry including drill presses, grinders, portable magnetic drills, concrete core
drilling machines, portable band saws & hacksaws.
| 800-937-3253 | Grand Haven, MI
Hydraulic presses, arbor presses, bench presses,
tire presses, laboratory presses, drill presses, belt grinders, power hammer, horizontal
band saws, vertical band saws, mitering band saws and cold saws.
Dreis & Krump (Chicago)
Manufacturing Company | 708-258-1200 | Peotone, IL
brakes, press brake tooling, hand brakes, bending rolls, power leaf brakes, hydraulic
notchers, mechanical presses.
E.G. Heller's Son
| 800-233-0929 | Tarzana, CA
Supplier of metal fabricating equipment including plate
bending rolls, angle roll machines, press brakes, shears, ironworkers, tube benders,
rebar benders and more.
Empire Abrasive Equipment | 215-752-8800 | Langhorne, PA
Specializes in the design and manufacture of air-blast
equipment including automated systems, basket blasters, blast cabinets, modified cabinets,
blast rooms, portable systems.
Engineered Abrasives | 708-389-9700 | Alsip, IL
Manufacturersautomated blast finishing and shot peening
equipment including blasting machines, abrasive blast conveyors, table sandblasting equipment,
CNC abrasive blast equipment, dust collectors, shot peening cabinets, air deburring machines,
pressure vessel systems.
Ganesh Machinery | 888-894-7475 | Chatsworth, CA
Manual mills, lathes, CNC plus mills, bed mills,
plus lathes, used machines.
| 866-979-7602 | Saratoga Springs, NY
Designers and builders of cleaning, finishing
and surface preparation machinery including parts washing systems and blasting equipment.
The Jet Pulverizer Co. | 800-670-9695 | Moorestown, NJ
Jet pulverizing equipment and custom grinding services.
Moore Tool Company
| 203-366-3224 | Bridgeport, CT
Manufactures jig grinders, diamond drum lathes and
ultra-precision special purpose equipment, as well as remanufacturing and retrofitting
of a variety of machine tools.
Progressive Technologies | 800-968-0871 | Grand Rapids, MI
Specializes in designing and manufacturing superior
systems and services for pneumatic abrasive grit sand blasting, shot peening, thermal
spray coating, and ultra high pressure water jet coating removal applications.
| 813-986-9000 | Tampa, FL
Manufacturer of tube bending machinery, bead rollers, pipe
notchers, sheet metal brakes.
| 360-692-6469 | Silverdale, WA
Manufacturer of metallizing systems - twin wire arc
spray equipment used in applying thermal sprayed coatings.
Ultra Sonic Seal
| 203-270-4816 | Newtown CT
Ultrasonic plastics bonding equipment including bench-top
ultrasonic Welders, power supplies, electric presses, OEM Ultrasonic Welding Kits, components
and actuators, hand held welders, spin welders, linear vibration welders, hot plate welders.
| 330-929-3333 | Akron, OH
Manufactures a broad line of particle size reduction equipment
such as wet and dry grinding Attritors and small media mills, in laboratory and production