David White – Manufacturing Manager
We would like to welcome David White to the C & B Machinery family! Dave comes to us with over 30 years experience in the manufacturing industry. Twelve of those years in a managerial role for Cinetic Automation in Farmington Hills, MI. We are excited to utilize Dave’s skills to increase our efficiencies throughout all of our manufacturing processes.
Proficiently supervised the design and build of power train assembly and test cell production equipment for Ford, GM, Chrysler and Caterpillar, oversaw material flow, scheduling and manpower requirements for on-time delivery to customer.
Please help us welcome David White to our team!
Here is a great testimonial that we wanted to share on a recent service job that was done by C & B Machinery. Nothing is more satisfying to us than a happy customer!
I just wanted to follow up on the service call made by C & B Machinery the week of March 25 2013.
The basis for the call was to trouble shoot and re-align our Gardner SDG-6 rotary carrier machine.
This machine was provided by C & B in a rebuilt arrangement in approx. 1996 and to date has performed extremely well with minimal downtime and repairs. The events leading to the need for the service call were loss of quality over time, and an event which impacted the carrier and grinding wheels. Service Technician Marty Schaefer was assigned to the case. He was very prompt and punctual even though his travel was hampered by the snow storm.
Upon arriving he met with the necessary people from our maintenance and operations groups to get briefed on the events that had taken place. At that time he began to assess the machine and what the needs were.
During the next 3 days he worked lengthy days with minimal breaks to get the machine back up and running quality product as quickly as possible. Marty has a great deal of knowledge and was very patient and generous with his explanations and demonstrations of how our own personnel could improve the maintenance and operation of the machine.
His personality was a good fit with those in both our operations and maintenance areas. He presented himself in a very professional manner while at the same time making certain everyone knew that he was here to help in any way possible.
Upon completion of the repairs, re-alignment and some general maintenance work the machine was set up on our most challenging job which is a roller 2.500” in diameter, 6.000” in length and 3310 material. The machine ran the parts well above our required tolerances.
We have now operated the machine for a week and on a variety of different jobs with great success.
I would like to thank C & B for all the assistance during not only this instance, but everything that they have done over our 15 plus year relationship. They have proven time and again that they care about their customers’ needs well beyond the sale of a piece of equipment. It is also their dedication to employing skilled persons such as Marty that contribute to that service oriented culture and is so valuable in today’s demanding production environment.
I look forward to continuing to work with you and the C&B team in the future as our needs grow.
Tom Spedding, Sales Engineer at C & B Machinery, is featured in this month’s Gear Solutions Magazine. Tom has been with C & B Machinery for over 10 years and is an integral part of our team. With 35 years of manufacturing experience, Tom understands the attention to detail that is needed for a successful project. As one of our senior sales engineers, Tom works closely with our large accounts which require constant interaction. Sales Engineers at C & B are assigned to manage projects from start to finish, this ensures that we provide the best machines, services and support in today’s global market!
Video Featuring Tom Spedding!
Jeff Allen | President at C & B Machinery
Jeff Allen, President of C & B Machinery, has been a part of C & B for 25 years, as of January 2013. Jeff started with C & B by doing technical drawings on the side for Joe Parker, Founder & CEO. Jeff then joined C & B as a full-time engineer. Jeff had been working as Final Inspector in the Quality Control Department of
R & B Manufacturing.
“Jeff , whose dedication and work ethics are unsurpassed, is a highly valued asset to C & B. Jeff and I are “lifers” here, and I am happy to be part of his team.” - Liz Landis, Office Mgr.
Jeff has had a passion for drawing and mechanics since he was in the middle school. Jeff boasts that even on a standard engineering board he can design faster than any of the engineers can in AutoCAD. Before joining C & B Machinery, Jeff pursued a degree in architectural design at Lawrence Technological University. Along the way he married his lovely wife, Barb, and together they have three daughters. Their oldest, Melissa, has recently become engaged and is starting to plan her wedding. Their middle daughter, Kristina, just purchased her first home. Their youngest, Kayla, is pursuing a career in nursing.
One of Jeff’s favorite memories in the last 25 years was watching one of the original designs he was involved in being built, tested, and a quality run-off by C & B. Jeff, of course, has always enjoyed the family-like atmosphere which C & B Machinery promotes through its company picnics, golf outings and special events. He has enjoyed working with and getting to know all of C & B’s staff members.
Joe Parker & Matt Ikle
Our Founder and CEO Joe Parker was recently honored with the 2012 Cleary University Alumni President’s Award. The President’s Award is presented to an outstanding alumni who not only has a passion for Cleary University, but who also serves his or her fellow alumni and alma mater in a positive and impactful way. It is given to an individual that has shown above and beyond support and is a true pillar to the University.
“The Alumni are truly honored to give Joe Parker the 2012 Presidents Award. Joe has gone above and beyond with his support to Cleary University and was always there for us when called upon.”
Matt Ikle, President, Cleary University Alumni
Please help us in congratulating Joe Parker for this wonderful achievement!
Liz Landis | Office Manager at C & B Machinery
As of February 2013, Liz will have spent 27 years with C & B Machinery. Every day Liz comes to work with a smile on her face knowing she is part of a company she can take pride in. With today’s economy, career longevity is rare but not in the case of C & B. The company has strived to form a solid foundation of family values and high work ethic.
In 1986, Liz stepped away from working with credit unions to work alongside her brother, CEO Joe Parker. From that time Liz went from being one of three employees with
C & B, to being one of an exponentially bigger staff.
Liz takes tremendous pride in the high reputation for customer service and machine quality C & B has built. She witnessed the company go from focusing on machine rebuilds to developing their own grinding machinery. One of Liz’s proudest memories is when C & B engineered, built, and sold a machine that was their own from start to finish.
Liz has considered C & B one of her families. She has enjoyed watching her coworkers become married and start families of their own. At the same time Liz has lovingly watched her own children grow. She is extremely proud of her two sons, her daughter-in-law and four grandchildren! Liz cherishes the memories she has gathered from the past 27 years from both her own family and her C & B family.
“Quality Minded for the Future!”
Reciprocator Double Disc Grinder for Connecting Rods
In 2012, C & B Machinery developed three impressive grinding cells for General Motors, Linamar and Federal Mogul. The engineering of each grinder resulted in production advancements for non-coplanar connecting rods (step rods).
The DG-2H-RE model reciprocator, designed for General Motors’ Volt, was the first machine to simultaneously configure a coplanar connecting rod into a step rod. Impressively, the DG-2H-RE also has the ability to produce a completely finished part including the loading, unloading, part rinse, and blow off in 21.8 seconds (165 PPH). The process for General Motors required a crank reduction of 1.715 mm per face and a pin stock removal of 0.3mm. This same cell can be easily converted to grind coplanar connecting rod for the Cruz.
Linamar’s Flex cell was developed towards their lower volume non-coplanar connecting rod production process. C & B’s advanced swing arm technology provided a pin reduction of 4.9 mm. A rough cut step grind (OP10) directly followed by a finish grind cycle was achieved in a single load. The Flex cell also provided a stock removal of 1.75 for the crank end in a cycle time of 39.6 seconds (66 PPH).
One of the greatest accomplishments of the year came with a non-coplanar reciprocator grinder designed for Federal Mogul. The crank end stock removal requirement was 2.3 mm per face and pin end reduction 0.3 mm per face. Not only did C & B Machinery provide a reciprocator meeting those specifications; but they did so with a floor cycle time of just 18 seconds (200 PPH). The cycle time includes the loading and unloading process steps.
Transmission Pinion Gears
C & B continues to provide cutting edge turnkey and integrated product solutions. They successfully launched the newest version of their Vertical Micro Finishing Clamp Bore grinding cell. They look forward to seeing everyone at the Novi Engine Expo, Booth E230. In the meantime more information can be found at www.cbmachinery.com.
Klein Tools, Inc. is a global manufacturer of premium hand tools, and has selected C & B Machinery to provide a double disc grinder used in the manufacturing of pliers. C & B Machinery develops and builds grinding systems for manufacturers around the world. In this case, it will build a “Rotary Carrier Tooled” double disc grinding cell for Klein Tools’ new Texas plant.
The grinding cell is designed to grind the faces of Klein Tools’ family of pliers. This machine will be designed to accept different configurations, as required to be flexible for producing Klein Tools’ wide range of pliers. Double disc grinding is utilized to finish grind both faces simultaneously, so the cost per piece is reduced and the return on investment is faster. This machine will produce a quality finished ground plier every (3) three seconds to meet Klein Tools’ growing demand.
C & B Machinery is proud to be a part of Klein Tools’ continued growth in the global hand tool industry and of the business that it receives. Quality, service, and dedication to each and every machine we build are our top priorities! For more information on this grinding system and other disc grinding solutions, please contact us directly by phone at (734) 462-0600 or email us at email@example.com.
Completed Park & Grind Double Disc Grinder
C & B Machinery develops and builds grinding systems for manufacturers around the world; in this case, it will build a “Park & Grind” double disc grinding cell for grinding the opposing faces of large parts in one grinding operation.
The grinding cell is designed to grind the faces of brake backing plates, up to 25” in diameter, for agricultural and off road equipment. This machine will be set up to grind ten different backing plate configurations and be flexible for any future program changes. The grinding cycle time for a finished part will be 180 seconds.
Double disc grinders remove an equal amount of material from both faces, simultaneously. This machine performs a “rotary plunge” grinding cycle. A single brake backing plate is introduced to the grinding wheels via a reciprocator, the carrier rotation will begin and the shuttle carriage will travel forward into the grind zone to a part’s unique end position at which point the grinding wheels plunge grind simultaneously through axis interpolation. There are several advantages for grinding in this manner. The part is floating and rotating while being ground producing the best possible parallelism and flatness. Alternatively, parts like these can be introduced and ground using a magnetic chucking system, which can only grind one side of a part at a time. That process would add to grinding cycle time and add to the cost per piece thus reducing the return on investment.
Park & Grind Tooling
This grinding cycle was developed by C & B Machinery engineers. In addition to the operating and investment cost savings, it allows 100% gauge feedback on every component ground. Size control is tightened, resulting in higher statistical capability.
C & B Machinery is proud of the business that it receives. Quality, service, and dedication to each and every machine we build are our top priorities! For more information on this grinding system and other disc grinding solutions, please contact us directly by phone at 734.462.0600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“What’s Good for India, is Good for the United States!”
Allison Transmission, which manufactures commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems for truck and off-road vehicle manufacturers, has ordered another new grinding cell from C & B Machinery. After multiple machine orders for a plant in Chennai, India they are bringing this same technology to the US. C & B Machinery develops and builds grinding systems for manufacturers around the world; in this case, it will build a “flexible” double-disc grinding cell for Allison Transmission in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The new cell is designed to grind the faces of transmission pinion gears for Allison’s 3000 series transmissions. This machine will be set up to grind three different pinion configurations, flexible for future expansion and any future part program changes. The grinding cycle time for a finished part will be 15 seconds.
Double disc grinders remove an equal amount of material from both faces, simultaneously. The new machine performs a “rotary plunge” grinding cycle, which means the pinions are introduced to the grinding wheels via a rotary carrier, one at a time, while the grinding wheels plunge grind simultaneously through axis interpolation. There are several advantages for grinding in this manner, the most important of which is the grinding wheels are adjusted perfectly parallel and concentric to each other. Most often, conventional double-disc grinding requires compound head settings. Keeping the wheels parallel results in a more uniform wheel wear and it reduces the frequency of dress cycles required. The cost per piece is reduced and the return on investment is faster.
This grinding cycle was developed by C & B Machinery engineers. In addition to the operating and investment cost savings it allows 100% gauge feedback on every component ground. Size control is tightened, resulting in higher statistical capability. For example, the grinding cells previously shipped by C & B far exceeded 2.0 ppk in overall height (± 0.030 mm) and parallelism (0.026 mm).
C & B Machinery is proud of the repeat business that it receives since quality, service, and dedication to each and every machine we build is our top priority! For more information on this grinding system and other disc grinding solutions, please contact us directly by phone at 734.462.0600 or email us at email@example.com.