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Shop Solutions: Andretti Corners Indy Racing with Innovative Tooling

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2015

Andretti Autosport, based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, boasts four IndyCar Series championships, two Indy Lights titles, one Pro Mazda championship, one USF2000 championship and has won the Indianapolis 500 three times—including its victory in 2014. Full Article

Shop Solutions: HMC's Precision Puts Clamps on Leaky Pipelines



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2015

PLIDCO-The Pipe Line Development Co. (Westlake, OH), founded in 1949 by Joseph B. and Berneice K. Smith, manufactures high-pressure pipeline repair and maintenance fittings for onshore and offshore applications for the global gas, oil, water, chemical, steam, and slurry industries. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Tooling Partnership Wins Races with Performance



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

3/1/2015

Roush Yates Engines (RYE; Mooresville, NC) is a 10-year-old company that was founded by Jack Roush, Robert Yates, and Doug Yates to be the sole factory-supported engine building facility for the Ford FR9. All of the Ford FR9 engines that are used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series are built by Roush Yates Engines. Full Article

Manufacturing in North America--A First Hand Lesson



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

2/10/2015

Since the end of the Great Recession manufacturing in the U S seems to be holding its own. Amid the welcome news, two elements seem to stand out for success - delivering high value products and customers that reside close by. I saw great evidence of this in a casting company making its way in a world replete with worldwide competitive threats and changing technology. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Dynamic Solution for Small Oil-Parts Production



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2015

Shamrock Precision Inc. (Farmers Branch, TX) makes a specialty of manufacturing small precision parts—typically 2–9" (51–229-mm) long for downhole oil well applications.The company has gained a solid reputation for manufacturing reliable products that are designed to break and release electromechanical equipment into action once a specific amount of force is exerted on them. Full Article

Shop Solutions: HBA Inserts are Cost Cutters for Hard Metals



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2015

As part of its Lean Manufacturing Initiative, Mike Alfonso, president, Grand Traverse Machine (GTM; Traverse City, MI) established a regular Thursday morning meeting to discuss tooling issues and opportunities. The family-owned shop specializes in high-precision manufacturing applications and has grown from a three-man operation in a 2000 ft2 (185 m2) facility in 1966 to a 29,000 ft2 (2694-m2) plant employing 70 people on two shifts seven days a week. Full Article

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