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.
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.
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.