French Expands Machining Capability
17th March 2017 Paul Andrews
French Oil Mill Machinery Company, a custom hydraulic press and process equipment manufacturer, have expanded their machining capability with the recent investment in three new CNC machine tools.
The company upgraded their Piqua, Ohio, manufacturing facility with a bridge milling machine, a vertical turning lathe and a horizontal machining center. The aggressive investment replaced aging manual machines, advancing the capabilities and the sustainability of the company.
Daniel P. French, Chairman and CEO commented, “This investment in our future is an exciting achievement for our company, which gives me great pride and will benefit our customers, our employees and our community. As a growing, world class organization that focuses on quality, innovation and continuous improvement, we have extended these values past our proprietary products and also applied them to the tools we use in our manufacturing processes.”
The new five face CNC bridge milling center features a high speed spindle and a 90-degree, two speed geared head with programmable indexing increments. The mill is capable of machining parts up to 44,000 pounds.
French also added a new live tool CNC vertical turning lathe. The lathe features a programmable fourth axis enabling French to mill and drill on the machine and has a table load capacity of 11,000 pounds.
The third machine, a new CNC horizontal machining center, features a 15,000 RPM high speed machining controller, dual pallets and a full fourth axis 360-degree programmable rotary table.
French also invested in new programming software and tooling for the three new machines.
This investment and expansion of machining capabilities are a clear indication of French’s commitment to maintaining their domestic manufacturing, delivering high quality American-made products to their customers around the world. In addition, the new cutting edge technology gives French a competitive advantage in recruiting new hires when many manufacturers are struggling to fill open positions due to a work force skills gap in the industry.
French Oil Mill Machinery Company is an ISO-certified, 4th generation family-owned U. S. company that custom designs, manufactures and supports hydraulic press systems for molding rubber and composite materials, screw presses for synthetic rubber processing and oilseed equipment used to extract vegetable oil from seeds and nuts. For over 117 years they have partnered with their stakeholders, in over 80 countries worldwide, to provide products with superior value and superior service that improve their customers’ productivity and reduce their overall production costs.
For more information visit www.frenchoil.com.