Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineered solutions company that manufactures precision parts, machinery and automated solutions has added to its build-to-print capability with the addition of a Mitsui Seiki J6CNC jig bore. This machine features components made with extremely tight tolerances and rigidity, enabling it to achieve positioning accuracies of +.00004-in. (1µm). Often referred to as a “mother machine”, Coldwater is using the jig bore to make components for machine tools, as well as for the automotive, aerospace, electronics and semi-conductor industries.
Coldwater recently expanded its facility to 132,500 sq. ft., helping to provide additional floor space for this machine and other machine tools. This Mitsui Seiki jig bore has a work table size of 50-in. x 30-in., and longitudinal travel (X-axis) of 40-in., transversal travel (Y axis) of 30-in., quill vertical (Q-axis) travel of 11.81-in., and cross rail vertical (Y-axis) travel of 27.5-in. With this investment, Coldwater now has nearly 50 machine tools on its floor for milling, turning, boring, drilling and grinding. The company is recognized for precision machining of workpieces with complex geometries in a wide variety of materials.
Coldwater can custom machine metal components to customer print specification or engage its engineering team to assist in design. Producing prototypes, one-offs and short-run production, the company has extensive experience in precision machining of workpieces with complex geometries in a wide variety of materials.
Coldwater’s material expertise includes tool steel, low carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, Hastelloy®, Inconel® and other exotic metal alloys as well as composite and plastic materials in sizes up to 236-in. x 98-in. Its climate-controlled state-of-the-art facility is equipped with three 60-ft x 550-ft. crane bays and heavy lifting equipment capable of moving components weighing up to 25-tons. Inspections are performed with advanced CMM and Laser Tracker equipment.
Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineered solutions and precision machining company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines, has announced that it is opening a 2,300 sq. ft. engineering office at 3401 Park Center Drive in north Dayton, conveniently located near both I-75 and I-70 for easy accessibility. This new location will house eight engineers to support Coldwater’s expanding business needs. The office will be equipped with new modular office furniture, and CAD workstations inclusive of state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software.
“With our growing business base in automotive, appliance and aerospace, this office will serve as a convenient hub for many of our customers,” said Tim McCaughey, president of Coldwater Machine, “and provide us access to all the talent in the Dayton area.”
In addition to this engineering office, Coldwater has a sales office in Troy, Mich., as well as its headquarters in Coldwater, which was recently expanded to a total of 132,500 sq. ft. of facility space.
Goal is to further develop Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding for Aerospace Alloy
Coldwater Machine Company announced that it is an industry partner participating in the LIFT Consortium’s Processing and Properties Database for Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding of Aerospace Materialstechnology project. This project, being led by Boeing and the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), will validate and further develop refill friction stir spot welding (RFSSW) using aerospace alloys. The outcome will be a standards database that includes process parameters and mechanical properties that help drive guidelines to provide product designers in the aerospace industry with the technical data to develop designs that can take advantage of RFSSW’s benefits.
“Coldwater is excited to bring our friction welding expertise and Spotmeld™ technology to this project, helping to drive the use of RFSSW, allowing the elimination of rivets in aerospace structures,” said Vice President of Sales, Dan Barry.
Coldwater is experienced in the rotary friction welding of a variety of dissimilar materials as well as friction spot joining of 1000-8000 series aluminum. Its contributing to this project by testing RFSSW and documenting the data for joining aluminum grades to eliminate rivets and drive better process control for joining lightweight materials. The project is expected to be complete by October 2018.
Existing single-point joining processes like resistance spot welding, laser welding and rivetingtechnologies needed to process lighter materials typically add weight or cost, result in low weld strength, or have porosity defects. Refill friction stir spot welding, such as Coldwater’s SpotMeld technology, overcomes these issues, providing superior joint strength with a production ready technology that can be delivered as an EOAT on a robotics-based solution or integrated to a wide variety of CNC solutions.
Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineered solutions company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines for a variety of industries,has announced the appointment of Gregg Boggs as regional sales manager for the Southeast region of the United States. Boggs will focus on developing the company’s flexible and agile automation business with automotive and aerospace OEM and Tier companies in the region.
“Gregg has nearly 30 years’ experience in automated solutions as well as excellent connections throughout the region, which should really help increase our visibility in that part of the country,” said Coldwater’s Dan Barry, vice president of sales and marketing.
Prior to joining Coldwater Machine, Boggs was an account manager for industrial automation supplier Scott Equipment Co. (Charlotte, NC) as well as SMC Industrial Automation (Noblesville, Ind.) He holds an associatedegree in automated manufacturing andmechanical engineeringfrom Greenville Technical College.
Boggs is located in the Greenville, South Carolina region.
With over 50 years’ experience, Coldwater Machine Company is a leader in the design, build and integration of specialized equipment for discrete manufacturing companies producing products requiring tight tolerances. The company’s strength lies in its ability to transfer technology and know-how developed in solving specific challenges for one market to other industries. Keycompetencies include precision machining and assembly, engineering support, design and build of specialized manufacturing equipment, and solid-state welding/joining systems.
Our core business over the years has evolved from precision machining to providing dies, fixtures, and gages, and to providing turnkey automated systems for the Aerospace, Appliance and Automotive industries that include a wide range of flexible and agile metal forming and fabricating solutions.