LORAIN, Ohio – February 20 — Shrinking availability of skilled labor and continual cost-reduction pressures are magnifying the importance of manufacturing systems, services and integrated solutions, according to machine tool importer and distributor Absolute Machine Tools Inc., Lorain, Ohio. During more than three decades of selling and supporting machine tools, Absolute has participated in wide-ranging changes in the manufacturing industry. The company has concluded that manufacturing success and growth now require engineered solutions that integrate machine tools with automation systems, process design, and maintenance services.
Consequently, Absolute is offering assistance in engineering and building custom-tailored automation, robotics and turnkey machining systems aimed at reducing manufacturing costs and compensating for shortages of skilled labor. Preventative maintenance packages are designed to match a shop’s individual budget requirements, and Absolute’s technicians provide specialized service solutions such laser-assisted level and square machine alignment, ballbar circularity inspection, tram testing and CNC servo tuning, according to the company.
Absolute has expanded the selection of advanced machine tools it offers, which now includes horizontal and vertical machining centers, duplex/double sided machining centers, horizontal and vertical lathes and mill/turn centers, Swiss-type lathes and multi-slide screw machines, deep hole drilling and finishing, wire and sinker EDMs, and essential machining consumables.
Absolute founder and president Steve Ortner said the company’s customers today seek guidance in assembling complete turnkey system solutions for certain applications or part families as well as assistance with machine tool choice and application. “We help customers maximize the flexibility and profitability of their metalcutting investment. We’re like an architect that partners with them in planning their operations and solving their manufacturing challenges.”
Absolute Machine Tools sells and supports Johnford Bridge & Gantry Mills; You Ji Vertical Turret Lathes; Tongtai Horizontal Machining Centers (former Hitachi-Seiki OEM); PCI Horizontal Machining Centers; Quicktech Multi-Axis Multi-Spindle Mill/Turn Centers; Lico Multi-Slide CNC Screw Machines and Twin Spindle Multi-Slide Mill/Turn Centers; Nexturn Swiss-type Lathes; AccuteX Wire EDM and Die Sinker Machines; APEC five-axis Gantry-style Linear Motor Machining Centers; and Precihole Gundrilling Machines.