We are pleased to announce the hiring of Christopher May as a program manager overseeing assembly automation projects for the company. In this position, May is responsible for leading a team of resources through all program process steps from start of concept through successful delivery and installation, helping ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and to customer specification.
May brings extensive automation and service experience to this position. Prior to joining Coldwater, he was employed by Wayne Trail for 15 years, where he served as a customer service specialist with program management and technical trouble shooting responsibilities. He has an Associate of Science degree in electrical engineering, in addition to being certified in specific CMM, robotic and industrial controls technologies. May is a Six Sigma Gray Belt.
Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineered solutions company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines for a variety of industries,has entered into a sales relationship with Parmerison Corp., a company specializing in the design and integration of small- mid-size automated systems. Parmerison, led by president Jim Adamski, will focus on expanding the sales of Coldwater’s turnkey automated solutions in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, as well as representing the interests of Coldwater’s cooperative partner Pro Systems.
“Jim’s automation experience across an array of applications and industries is a good fit for us while our experienced in-house team of designers, engineers and assembly technicians can help boost his portfolio,” said Coldwater’s Dan Barry, vice president of sales and marketing. “It should create an exciting synergy.”
Coldwater is recognized for developing flexible and agile automation systems that can accommodate product and model changes, helping to reduce future retooling and operating costs. It has experience in delivering turnkey solutions that include robotic, servo-controlled motions, laser welding and ablation, all joining technologies, friction welding, metal forming, bending and piercing.
Coldwater Machine Co. produces machine parts, tools and automated machinery. Notably projects include a friction welding cell that attaches nuts to automobile body panels, turnkey systems for making washing machine components and maintenance tools for gas turbine repair. Its 132,500-sq.-ft. facility in Coldwater, Ohio boasts more than 40 machine tools, among them double-column bridge mills, dual-pallet horizontal machining centers, large-format boring mills and a 5-axis multitask machine...read the complete article using the link below...
When an automotive customer asked Coldwater Machine Co. to bid on tooling and machines to produce a vehicle exhaust tube, Coldwater engineers analyzed the entire five-step process and presented the customer with a more efficient overall solution that transformed the process from batch production to one-piece flow.
The original RFQ line and process layout spelled out five operations to produce the component, which required unique bending to accommodate a structural cross-member. According to the RFQ: The process begins with 2.5-in.-dia. type-409 stainless-steel pipe stock undergoing a bending operation, with the pipe loaded into a bender and bent in four places to create an offset. Starting at one elevation...read more below...
Coldwater Machine Company, a leading engineering solutions company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines, has announced its laser ablation system design and build capability. Based on Coldwater Machine standards that are adapted for specific requirements, the systems can be designed to stand-alone or for integration into any manufacturing process that requires cleaning of parts prior to another operation.
Laser ablation can serve as a good alternative to traditional surface finishing solutions. As compared to grinding, lasers create a cleaner, smoother surface by eliminating burrs and nicks without increasing surface roughness. And, compared to fluid washers laser ablations stations typically have a significantly smaller footprint, require fewer components and are easier to maintain.
In Coldwater’s most recent application, the company integrated a 3-ft x 3-ft. laser ablation station around existing automation within a laser welding cell. In this instance, the components for cleaning travel on a conveyor into a Class 1 laser enclosure with glass specifically tinted for viewing of laser processes. The door then comes down to enclose the part and shield the light emitted from the 100W laser. Situated on a servo-driven powered slide unit, the part is raised up and rotated 360-degrees to ensure that any dust, oil, coolant, debris, etc. is removed from all sides.
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.