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Governor's International Trade Award

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DCM Product Manager, Mike Anderson, accepting the 2016 Governor's International Trade Award from Shawntera Hardy, Commissioner, Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The Minnesota Trade Office awarded the 2016 Governor’s International Trade Award to six Minnesota companies that have been successful exporters. The companies were honored during the World Trade Month luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. They were selected for developing and growing a significant part of their business from exports, for increasing or maintaining jobs in Minnesota to support international sales, and for developing novel approaches for competing globally. The 2016 winners are Digital Content LLC of Edina, Crown Iron Works Co. of Roseville, DCM Tech Inc. of Winona, Great Plains Processing of Luverne, Ralco Nutrition Inc. of Marshall and Top Tool Co. of Blaine. Read more...

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IG 280 SD at Monaco Tool

Joe Monaco owner of Monaco Tool Company comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and as he tells it, has only worked for another company for 6 years of his life. Joe is a diesel mechanic by trade and credits his early machine shop class in high school for his burning desire and knowledge of machines and motors. He joined the army in 1959 and learned the diesel mechanic trade by fire and from the best teachers the Army had. Read more...

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Die Maintenance and Sharpening

Processes like surface grinding don’t get much play when it comes to the center stage event—the hydraulic press. Craftsmen skilled in the design, repair and performance of the tooling used in these heavyweight presses will tell you that the details behind the scenes are as important as the machines performing critical parts manufacturing. Similar to Goliath who was felled by a small stone aimed at his crown, Jason Stephens, machinist for Precision Resource’s Mt. Sterling, Ky., fineblanking divison, says, “If you aren’t able to keep your tools sharp, they won’t go into the press and you won’t be fineblanking any parts.” Read more...

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Quality Magnetics Corporation

Quality Magnetics Corporation Two Generations Serving Their Customers With A “We Can, We Will” Attitude! William Buckley founder of Quality Magnetics Corporation was looking for a great blanchard grinding machine and after much investigation and research he found the DCM machine tool grinder IG 280 SD. William said, “I found that the DCM grinder was perfect for the flatness grinding we needed. I am always looking to perform a job faster, better, and leaner and still maintain very high tolerances. The DCM IG 280 SD fit all of our expectations. He continued, “We can set up the machine quickly and achieve the high tolerance flatness we need so much faster than any other machine we have used before. Read more...

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Past Meets Present: Punch and Die Grinder

September 2010 - In the course of any equipment’s life, the opportunity for a company to upgrade it typically arises. For those businesses that opt to change equipment, they must decide whether to try something new or go with an improved model from the same manufacturer. Thomas Industries Inc., Wabasha, Minn., chose to do the latter with its punch and die grinder from DCM Tech Corp., Winona, Minn. The company purchased its first PDG more than a decade ago and upgraded to a newer model in 2008, says Dan Prokosch, manufacturing engineer at Thomas Industries. "The original purchase was prompted by the speed and consistency over a surface-grinder method, and the coolant also reduced the chance of tool ‘burning’ to nearly impossible," he says. "We upgraded in 2008 because of the newer features." Read more...

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Sharpen your punch

Sharpening punch tooling consistently and correctly can help a fabricator save time and money in its punching operations. These suggestions can help a fabricator determine if the company is efficient as it can be with its maintenance program for punch tooling. Some punch press operators use a simple pedestal grinder to sharpen the turret punches, not really knowing just how much of the tooling material is being removed. Some shops send an entire set of tooling out to be sharpened by a toolmaker, forcing the company to invest in another set of turret punch press tooling to back up the set being sharpened. Other shops just toss the tooling when it’s no longer effective, rather than sharpening it in an attempt to extend the tooling’s life. That’s correct. People are throwing money away. Obviously, some fabricating shops don’t have a formal punch tool maintenance program. These five tips can help them implement one and reap the benefits of longer-lasting tooling. Figure 1: The vertical spindle rotary table design delivers a flat grind of punch tooling. You wouldn’t believe what some fabricating shops do to their turret punch press tooling. Read more...

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Nothing Standard about this Fab Shop

Rob Marelli left a family-owned metal fabricating company four years ago with the intention of doing things his way. Joined by a loyal group of managers and employees, he’s found success at Seconn Fabrication. In the short time the company has been open, it has earned revenues of $9 million. And the company has done this by doing things other metal fabricating competitors aren’t.

After five years of working for a family-owned metal fabricating business in eastern Connecticut, Rob Marelli wanted to do things his way. He approached the president with an offer to buy the company from him, but he was soon gone with a handshake and a letter of recommendation. Read more...

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PDG Fabricator Feature

McQuay international develops a strategy to prolong tool life for turret presses. As part of its tool management program, McQuay International sharpens its turret punches with automated punch and die grinders. Source: DCM Tech Corp. At McQuay Manufacturing, turret press operators follow a standard procedure. Once they observe parts with burrs or other signs of tooling wear, they remove the worn tools, place them in the box, and then carry them over to the machine shop where a dedicated technician sharpens them. That’s simple enough. Only, until recently, operators didn’t always follow procedure. For that matter, who could blame them? Tool grinding had become cumbersome and labor-intensive. The surface grinding system required an operator to monitor the operation continually. Things ran slow. If operators handed over tools for sharpening, who knew when they would get them back? Ted Mittelstadt took initiative to change this. The tooling supervisor for McQuay’s Air Handling Division tackled the problem on two fronts. He made tool grinding more efficient and promoted a procedure that both extended tool life and drove efficiency under the turret press. Read more...

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