Over the last 12 months, J&R Machine, a contract manufacturer specializing in complex machined parts, installed eight new pieces of equipment at its Shawano, WI-based facility. The 2 Million Dollar capital investment includes DMG Mori Seiki NLX 2500s of varying configurations. The machines’ sub-spindle multitasking lathes, part-catching/part-conveying capabilities as well as the latest generation of CNC controls further support J&R Machine’s productivity and lights-out operations.

“These new features give us much better machine performance and can add varying degrees of higher uptime,” explained Tim Grimm, J&R Machine’s Sales Engineer. “On some projects, uptime increased by about 30 percent in comparison to older models.”

The new equipment includes:

(4) DMG MORI, NLX2500SY/Sub-Spindle Lathes w/ Axial & Radial Live Tooling , Chip Blaster High Pressure Coolant, Part Catch/Conveyor, 14.00 Max Turn Diameter, 27.7 Max Turn Length, LNS “Quick Six” 6′ Bar-feeders.

(4) DMG MORI, NLX2500Y w/ Axial & Radial Live Tooling, Tailstock, Chip Blaster High Pressure Coolant 14.00 Max Turn Diameter, 27.7 Max Turn Length.

 

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The new equipment gives J&R Machine the ability to machine a part in a single setup instead of having to manually unload and then flip the part or complete the second side in a separate operation.

 Notable features of the DMG MORI NLX2500 series:

  • Reduced environmental footprint, lower energy consumption
  • Improved cutting ability
  • An integrated cooling system to ensure thermal stability and high precision
  • Flat guides in all axes for efficient turning
  • High rigidity, longer tool life
  • Improved performance and ease of operation through new MAPPS IV operating system

 

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“At J&R Machine, we are committed to growing with the OEMs and tier one/two manufacturers we serve, and we will continue to embrace new technology that improves precision and quality and allows for greater efficiencies in our operations,” said Tim Tumanic, President of J&R Machine.

ABOUT J&R MACHINE:

J&R Machine is an ISO 9001:2015-certified contract manufacturer with a broad range of capabilities, including prototypingengineeringCNC machiningmulti-spindle machiningthread rollingfabrication, and assembly. Additionally, to improve overall quality and lead time, J&R Machine offers value-added services such as the washing of partspackaging, the adding of seals and other components, and in-house custom designed fixtures. The company’s customers include some of the largest names in the defense, medical technology, oil and gas, machinery and equipment, hydraulics, and auto racing industries.

VISION: To become the number one, go-to partner of choice to O.E.M.s by providing solutions to their problems.

PURPOSE: To provide extraordinary service and part manufacturing solutions.

  • Customers: Acting as an extension of our customers in the areas of engineering, purchasing and quality, we will anticipate problems before they arise.
  • Employees: A best practice training program will be used in the progression of employee growth. Transparent communication will be delivered throughout the entire company to involve all employees in customers’ solutions.
  • Community: We look to be the employer of choice and leader in helping improve the quality of life in our community.
  • Suppliers: We align ourselves with suppliers that share the same values as J&R Machine Inc. Our suppliers will provide the best value and are an extension of J&R Machine Inc.

To learn more about J&R Machine’s capabilities, call 715-526-5970.

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You are invited to join the J&R Machine team at the 2017 Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show. The event takes place October 3 – 5 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center Halls A&B in West Allis, WI.

It is Wisconsin’s largest manufacturing event, with nearly 5,000 attendees last year and 100,000 square feet of displays, demonstrations, seminars, products, and services all under one roof. The event brings together companies, products, and buyers in manufacturing, encouraging attendees to explore the latest technologies, trends, and industry developments, ask questions of industry leaders, and discover new practices for solving manufacturing challenges.

Event attendees will also have the opportunity to:

  • Shorten buying processes
  • Test and compare products and services
  • Learn how to increase productivity and profitability

 

New this year, the event will also offer free one-hour technical seminars from industry experts, a great opportunity to obtain valuable insights for your company.

 

Visit the J&R Machine Booth to Discuss Solutions to Your Complex Machined Part Problems

The best way to evaluate new manufacturing technology and processes is to speak directly with the leaders who are developing and utilizing them. We encourage you to visit booth 653 to learn how J&R Machine can help you manufacture more efficiently while gaining a competitive edge.

 

About J&R Machine

Founded in 1992, J&R Machine is an ISO 9001:2008 certified contract manufacturer set up to meet and exceed the needs of OEMs and tier one/two manufacturers. J&R Machine provides full-project management with  prototyping, engineeringCNC machiningmulti-spindle machiningthread rollingfabrication, and assembly services. Additionally, to improve overall quality and lead time, J&R Machine offers value-added services such as the washing of partspackaging, the adding of seals and other components, and in-house custom designed fixtures.

To learn more about J&R Machine’s industry-leading capabilities, check out the video below and contact J&R Machine at 715-526-5970.

 

Some companies do the same thing every day following the company’s original mission or business plan.  Not so at J&R Machine.  We have spent the last 25 years successfully growing and redefining the machine part manufacturing industry.

 

The J&R Machine Difference

As a knowledge-based contract machine shop, J&R Machine provides clients with strategic solutions, advanced knowledge, and exceptional customer service.  Some machine manufacturers specialize in certain industries.  While this can be a successful business model, we’ve chosen instead to broaden our scope and specialize in solutions for complex machined parts no matter what industry our clients are in.

 

At J&R Machine we believe in quality in everything we do: 

  • You have peace of mind knowing we are ISO 9001:2008 certified.
  • We consistently demonstrate our ability to manufacture products that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
  • Our lights out operation ensures operational continuity through our remote management software.
  • Clients can get in touch with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

J&R Machine also drafts a control plan for every customer and every part.  What is the benefit of an individual control plan? A control plan describes the actions that are required at each phase of the process.  The plan includes receiving, in-process, out-going, and periodic requirements to assure that all process outputs will be a state of control.  Quality in action in everything we do for you.

 

Design 2 Part Preferred Supplier

J&R Machine has the distinction of being a preferred supplier with the Design 2 Part trade show network.  Our company was recently featured in a video recorded at a July Design 2 Part trade show. Our company strengths are highlighted describing our multi-casting lathe technology that reduces a seven-step manufacturing operation to three steps.  The result for our clients is reduced cost and lead time.  To watch J&R Machine Vice President Parker Tumanic describe the company’s industry-leading capabilities, please play the video below:

 

More with Less Means Excellence

A major factor in J&R Machine’s ability to reduce costs and lead times is our lean manufacturing focus.  Built on a foundation of continuous improvement, the lean concept systematically minimizes waste. In addition, our value-added services include:

  • Washing of parts
  • Adding seals and other components
  • Packaging featuring custom-designed packing crates keeping parts sealed and free of contamination
  • In-house custom-design fixtures that improve lead time

 

Get Ahead of Your Competition

Are you looking to find your competitive edge?  Discover the J&R Machine advantage, and find out how you can benefit from a dedication to quality, excellence and lean efficiencies. Call us today at 715-526-5970 or visit our website at www.jrmachine.com.

 

2 pic hard turningSince publishing our first article on Hard Turning,  J&R Machine Inc. has taken on dozens of other tough hard turning applications. Many are similar to the parts showcased in our original story in regards to materials and hardness. These parts are from a variety of different sectors in manufacturing including: Heavy Equipment, Hydraulics, Mining, Oil & Gas, and Defense. But as always J&R is taking on new challenges for our OEM customer’s demanding projects! For this tough application J&R is now Hard Turning Nickel coatings.

The coating is used on a variety of part families in harsh environmental situations requiring oxidation/corrosion protection, and wear resistance. For this specific part the Hard Nickel coating is applied to a shaft used in an abrasive pump environment.

J&R Machine is able to turn this coating on a 4.5” diameter shaft approximately 19 inches long, while holding a 10-12 RMS micro finish. Diameters are held to within .0005”. Many applications with similar size and finish requirements are often ground! This is one of many different parts that fall within a range of 0-10” diameters and up to 20” lengths our equipment is capable of. Hardness of the Nickel Coating varies slightly but 60 HRC is common to the parts being produced. Just another great capability J&R Machine performs every day on all of our customer’s tough applications!

Please join J&R Machine Inc. June 7th and 8th at the Design 2 Part Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota! This is J&R’s third trade show for 2017, and we are hoping to break into new markets with OEM’s in the area that make up the diverse high technology sectors in the state and surrounding territory. The show will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center 9:30am-3:00pm both days. Always looking to improve throughput, technology and capabilities for our OEM customers, J&R Machine Inc. and has added four new Multitasking Lathes to their facility in the last six months, with two more slated for installation in the next few weeks! Please find J&R’s exhibit at booths #314 & #316.

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Tim Tumanic and Tim Grimm will be at the show,  please stop by to discuss your Project Management and CNC Machining needs. If you can’t make it, please contact Tim Grimm at 715-853-6309,  or tgrimm@jrmachine.com. We sincerely hope to see you there!

About J&R Machine:  Founded in 1992, J&R Machine specializes in providing solutions for complex machined parts. The company’s value-added manufacturing, engineering, CNC machining, multi-spindle machining, thread rolling, fabrication and assembly are used by OEM manufacturers, defense contract suppliers and clients in a variety of industries including the fire suppression & safety, medical technology, oil and gas, machinery and equipment, hydraulics, and auto racing sectors.

To learn more about J&R Machine, please visit www.jrmachine.com, or contact J&R Machine at 715-526-5970.

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Please join J&R Machine Inc. May 10th and 11th at the Design 2 Part Show in Schaumburg, Illinois. This is the biggest show of the year for J&R and Design 2 Part, with close to 300 exhibitors and 2000 attendees for the two day event!  Show will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Wednesday 9:30-4:00 and Thursday 9:30-3:30. Will will be at booth #442-444. Always looking to improve capability, efficiencies and throughput, J&R Machine Inc. has added four new Multitasking Lathes to their facility with two more on the way!

Parker Tumanic and Tim Grimm will be at the show,  please stop by to discuss your Project Management and CNC Machining needs. If you cannot make it, please contact Tim Grimm at 715-853-6309,  or tgrimm@jrmachine.com. We sincerely hope to see you there!
About J&R Machine:  Founded in 1992, J&R Machine specializes in providing solutions for complex machined parts. The company’s value-added manufacturing, engineering, CNC machining, multi-spindle machining, thread rolling, fabrication and assembly are used by OEM manufacturers, defense contract suppliers and clients in a variety of industries including the medical technology, oil and gas, machinery and equipment, hydraulics, and auto racing sectors.

To learn more about J&R Machine, please visit www.jrmachine.com, or contact J&R Machine at 715-526-5970.

logoJ&R Machine Inc. is kicking off their first of many trade shows this year with the Design 2 Part show in Grapevine,  Texas. Even though we are already doing a significant amount of business in Texas with Oil & Gas,  Petroleum and other Energy related OEM’s,  J&R is always looking to strengthen their customer base in these markets. The D2P Show will be a great venue to strike new relationships with OEM’s who need a True Value Added Manufacturer like J&R Machine Inc. The show will run from February 22nd-23rd. Hours are Wednesday 9:30am-3:30pm and Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm. dalgt_phototour01

Parker Tumanic and Tim Grimm will be present at the show,  so please stop by Booth #430 to discuss your Project Management and CNC Machining needs. If you can’t make it to the show please contact Tim Grimm at 715-853-6309,  or email tgrimm@jrmachine.com.
Hope to see you there everyone!

 

About J&R Machine:  Founded in 1992, J&R Machine specializes in providing solutions for complex machined parts. The company’s value-added manufacturing, engineering, CNC machining, multi-spindle machining, thread rolling, fabrication and assembly are used by OEM manufacturers, defense contract suppliers and clients in a variety of industries including the medical technology, oil and gas, machinery and equipment, hydraulics, and auto racing sectors.

To learn more about J&R Machine, please visit www.jrmachine.com, or contact J&R Machine at 715-526-5970.

Food is the cornerstone of celebrations and holiday get-togethers, and thanks to J&R Machine’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, families in need throughout the Shawano community had a bit more of it around their tables this Thanksgiving!

By all accounts, J&R Machine’s 2016 Thanksgiving Food Drive was a huge success.

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“This year, our employees’ generosity resulted in the largest collection of food we’ve ever been able to donate to the Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center (SAFPARC),” noted Stephanie Tumanic, J&R Machine’s Administrative Manager and “Food Drive Champion.”

Donating ingredients to make green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and PLENTY of pumpkin pie, J&R Machine’s team of 30 employees gave enough to feed more than 15 families.  The company also donated 15 turkeys to pair with the side dishes and desserts donated by the employees.

Additionally, this outpouring of holiday generosity comes at a time when there is a growing need to support local families struggling with hunger.  Currently, one in eight people and one in five children in northeast Wisconsin face hunger, and 58 percent of these households are regularly forced to choose between paying for housing and paying for food. In the Shawano area, SAFPARC feeds around 350 local families every Thanksgiving.

“Every year we are honored to support such a deserving organization like SAFPARC,” said Tim Tumanic, President of J&R Machine. “A simple act of kindness, such as a Thanksgiving food drive, can go a long way towards helping those in the community who are struggling to make ends meet. I am proud that due to our team’s generosity and hard work, local families in need had a meal to sit down to with their children, relatives and friends this Thanksgiving.”

For more info on SAFPARC or to learn how you can make a donation, visit: http://www.foodpantries.org/li/shawano_area_food_pantry_and_resource_center_safparc

About J&R Machine

Founded in 1992, J&R Machine is an ISO 9001:2008 certified contract manufacturer that specializes in providing solutions for complex machined parts. The company provides full-project management with  engineeringCNC machiningmulti-spindle machiningthread rollingfabrication, and assembly  services. Additionally, to improve overall quality and lead time, J&R Machine offers value-added services such as the washing of partspackaging, the adding of seals and other components, and in-house custom designed fixtures.

To learn more about J&R Machine, please visit www.jrmachine.com, or contact J&R Machine at 715-526-5970.

 

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While manufacturing has been drifting out of the United States for years, J&R Machine recently entered into an agreement to redesign and manufacture a product for a current international client that planned to offshore the project.

J&R Machine sought out quotes from U.S. sources for a new casting and presented them alongside engineering support management ideas to the existing client. The Shawano-based contract manufacturer competed with companies from all over the world, including businesses based in China, India and Italy.

J&R Machine provided a competitive quotation and ensured the local project support this global company needed to feel comfortable. Considering J&R Machine’s proven responsiveness and delivery record, the company is confident J&R Machine is the best option for the development and market introduction of their redesigned and enhanced product.

“We are extremely proud to have won the trust of this industry-leading company,” said Tim Tumanic, President of J&R Machine. “After evaluating several other companies from across the globe, the company chose to continue its partnership with J&R Machine citing that we provided the best value proposition going forward.”

A Resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing is on the Horizon

J&R Machine’s client’s choice to manufacture in the U.S. is part of a growing trend. Companies that discount the risks and send a project overseas are often dismayed by the results. Consequently, projects are being brought back to the U.S. to ensure quality and prevent supply disruptions. And when rising wage rates, transportation, quality control issues, customs and other risks like stolen designs are factored in, offshoring costs can be equal or higher for many parts and products.

The U.S. manufacturing industry is strong, and companies like J&R Machine truly hold the advantage over offshore competition in terms of ingenuity, technology and experience.

About J&R Machine

Founded in 1992, J&R Machine is an ISO 9001:2008 certified contract manufacturer that specializes in providing solutions for complex machined parts. The company provides full-project management with  engineeringCNC machiningmulti-spindle machiningthread rollingfabrication, and assembly  services. Additionally, to improve overall quality and lead time, J&R Machine offers value-added services such as the washing of parts, packaging, the adding of seals and other components, and in-house custom designed fixtures.

To learn more about J&R Machine, please visit www.jrmachine.com, or contact J&R Machine at 715-526-5970.

 

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Earlier this year, Modern Machine Shop developed a new, innovative idea for its display at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. The publisher decided to showcase Top Shops award winners within a “hall of fame” area of its booth. Modern Machine Shop sent out requests to J&R Machine and other winners asking the companies to machine their logos for the new display.  J&R Machine welcomed the one-off production challenge! 

Creativity was encouraged with Modern Machine Shop only limiting the size of the machined logo (12 x 12 x 2 inches max). This gave J&R Machine and the other machine shops the ability to truly showcase both their unique manufacturing capabilities and personalities within the designs.

A total of 16 previous Top Shops award winners submitted a machined logo, and the resulting collection contained a wide variety of shapes, sizes, finishes, and machined features.

J&R Machine: Modern Machine Shop Top Shops 2014 Award Winner

J&R Machine, a contract manufacturer, was named an Honors Program winner in association with Modern Machine Shop magazine’s 2014 Top Shops benchmarking surveyModern Machine Shop (published by Gardner Business Media, Cincinnati, Ohio) offers this annual survey to enable its readers to compare their operations’ performance and practices against industry leaders. The survey, taken by 407 North American machine shops in 2014, is divided into four primary sections: machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategy and human resources. Honors Program winners were chosen for each of these categories, and J&R Machine was named the 2014 Honors Program winner for shopfloor practices.

“Honors Program winners are vetted and selected by me from a top-tier benchmarking group created using answers to select survey questions,” says Derek Korn, Modern Machine Shop’s Senior Editor who heads the magazine’s Top Shops benchmarking program. “Beyond advanced machining capability, J&R Machine’s efforts with respect to lean manufacturing, lights-out operations, project management, Kanban material release and various value-adding services made it a great choice for the 2014 shopfloor practices Honors Program award.”

Learn more about J&R Machine and find a comprehensive list of services at www.jrmachine.com