Toolroom

Our Toolroom has serviced manufacturers in Northern Ohio, Indiana, and Southern Michigan for over 25 years. We specialize in intricate parts in small quantities, specifically for wear items on machinery or prototype parts.

 

Many of our relationships include a stocking program, so that your items can be made in advance and shelved for immediate delivery when you need it. This cuts down on inventory for your maintenance department and still allows you to have parts when you need them. Our software allows for you to see inventory levels with peace of mind that your parts are complete on the shelf.

 

We are most proud of the people who make up this department, as they are all journeyman toolmakers and have years of experience perfecting their craft. We have a steady stream of apprentices to ensure that we are building toolmakers for the future and will always be able to support our customers with quality, precision made parts.

 

Our rapid prototyping system allows for you to prototype parts for new development before incurring the expense of “tooling up” for a production run. This allows you to test and refine product development activities first, and then ramp into production when you are ready.

 

We offer a full service wet and dry grinding operation, allowing us to make specific tooling as well as “grind in” tight tolerance parts as necessary to ensure print tolerances are maintained.

 

We go to great lengths to accommodate customer needs, tight schedules, forecasting and planning, and any quality requirements you may have. We have built solid relationships over the years with outside processing vendors that you can trust, like heat treat, black oxide, plating, annealing, and many others.

Toolroom Capabilities

  • Multiple Engine Lathes with max cutting diameter 25″ over 6″ length or 14″ over 70″ length
  • Conversational Toolroom CNC Lathe
  • Multiple Conversational Mills
  • Multiple Bridgeport Mills
  • FANUC Robo-cut Wire EDM
  • Cress Heat Treat Furnace (A2, S7, D2, Tool Steels) (internal)
  • External heat treat capabilities unlimited
  • Surface Grinding (20″ x 40″) – Polishing, Deburring, Tooling & Cutter Grinding
  • Laser Etching – 4″ diameter max (part numbering, logos, etc)
  • Critical Parts Stocking Program
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Expedite Delivery for “Hot Jobs”

Production

Inside of a CNC

APT Manufacturing Solutions also takes great pride in our precision machining and production department. Utilizing various CNC mills and lathes, we continue to invest in the newest technology. Our CNC machines equipment includes 5 axis vertical and universal milling, horizontal milling, live tool milling while turning, turning equipment with multiple spindles (2) and multiple turrets (3), high speed drilling and tapping, high speed tool change, quick change fixturing, and 3D profiling. We take advantage of the newest technology on the market and are constantly looking for ways to make parts faster, easier, less expensive, and more consistent. This is a constant investment to which we see no end.

 

Our production department has many competitive advantages, and it begins in the quoting phase. We take the time to understand the part produced, tolerances required, and annual quantities so that we can ensure it is a part that fits our capabilities and one that we can be successful with. Our application engineers have decades of experience and really understand the complex intricacies of precision machining, making them highly reliable as a source to work with to review your part. Once awarded an order, our process engineering team finalizes the equipment, fixturing, and tooling, required to make a quality part. The part is programmed using Gibbs CAD/CAM software and moved into the production start-up phase.

 

Quality is paramount to the production process, and we’re comfortable with all levels of PPAP requirements and quality documentation, and want to do whatever is necessary to allow you to take comfort in our process that we will make consistently reliable parts for years to come. We utilize electronic inspection and control plans, as well as various high-tech CMM, vision and precision measurement methods to ensure the parts produced meet print tolerances.

 

We are looking for relationships…it is our goal to understand our customer, their processes, their forecasts, and function like a portion of their business so that we can work together like partners to ensure their production lines continue to flow with quality parts, produced on time. For many of our customers, we offer stocking programs to reduce the price per part with large volume manufacturing (fewer setups) and still ensure that parts are ready when you need them.

 

We specialize in low volume, high mix parts, an area that many manufacturers will avoid. We can do this because of our people, all of our machinists are highly skilled, setup-level machinists, and many of them have been through apprenticeship programs to make them an expert in their trade. These are not entry-level operators. Our process is built upon quick setup, common tooling, and low part runs. It’s how we’ve worked for years and puts us in position to remain profitable on low-volume runs, especially the ones that other companies will stay away from.

 

Because of our strengths in low volume part runs, quick changeover, and competent personnel, we routinely work with manufacturers to help them outsource smaller product lines or underperforming product groups. It’s not uncommon for a manufacturer that is built on a large scale production operation, to struggle to meet profitability on some of their underperforming products. Other manufacturers don’t see the value in replacing outdated machinery, and are looking to offload a family of parts. We can help with these projects – creating a project plan and assigning an implementation team to learn, quote, migrate, and implement these programs from your facility to ours, and eliminate the headaches that you currently have with producing low volume, high mix parts.

Production Machining Capabilities:

CNC Milling

  • Standard 3 axis mills with high speed drilling and tapping
  • 4 axis mills (super speed machining, can utilize trunnion, increased memory for 3D profiling)
  • 5 axis high speed vertical mills
  • Horizontal mills with pallet changer
  • 5 axis high speed universal machining centers
  • Robotic load/unload for machining centers

CNC Turning

  • Standard 2 axis lathes
  • 3 and 4 axis lathes with live tooling and off axis milling
  • Twin spindle lathes, including 3 turret live tooling

Other Services

  • Laser Etching – 4″ diameter max (part numbering, logos, etc)
  • Critical Parts Stocking Program
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Expedite Delivery for “Hot Jobs”
  • Long standing supplier relationships for heat treating, annealing, painting, black oxide and zinc, anodize, plating (copper, nickel, electroless nickel, many more)

Screw Machines

Workers in front of Screw Machine
Screw Machines

Screw machines utilize state-of-the-art technology which is ideally suited for the machining of components used in the hydraulic/pneumatic industry including fittings, collars, cages, end plugs, and adapters. Our ACME screw machines feature automatic bar loaders, spindle stopping, cross drilling, back working, and single point turning. We are able to satisfy a niche market with these machines and it helps us to become a “one stop shop” for our customers in these industries.

 

Our competitive advantage with screw machine work is our ability to take on low to mid volume work where many competitors will require large volumes in order set these machines up. Again, we specialize in finding creative ways to reduce set up times and increase efficiency so that we can use this equipment to offer low cost options to our customers to produce necessary components

Screw Machines Capabilities

  • 3 ACME Gridley Screw Machines (max diameter 2″)
  • 1 CNC Controlled Machine

Quality Control

Quality Control Room

APT Manufacturing Solutions puts quality control at the forefront of everything it produces. We know that our customers rely on us to make parts to print, successfully, every time, and we take great pride in being able to earn their trust through our reliable quality control systems. As an ISO 9001:2015 company, we are held to a high standard and audited annually to ensure compliance that we perform.

 

We continue to invest in our equipment to ensure that we can inspect parts produced using the greatest technology available.

 

Our quality policy statement to our customers: “APT Manufacturing Solutions is committed to meet or exceed our customer’s needs and expectations at a
competitive price and to continually improve the effectiveness of our QMS.”

Quality Control Capabilities

  • ISO 9001:2015 Certified
  • CMM with OpenDMIS Software
  • Wenzel CNC CMM
  • Microvu Vision Inspection Equipment
  • Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • All inspection equipment calibrated and certified, with tracing to NIST
  • Optical Comparators