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.