Clinkenbeard featured in national publication for portable arm

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ROCKFORD, January 2015 — Clinkenbeard was featured in Foundry Management & Technology for its use of portable technology that gives it a competitive advantage.

The Romer 6-axis metrology arm, which utilizes a 3D laser coordinate system to determine part accuracy, augments Clinkenbeard’s two coordinate measuring machines (CMM), resulting in quicker turn-around time for testing complex metal castings and machined parts. Previously, all parts and castings had to be transported to the quality lab to be inspected. This method resulted in longer wait times and a higher number of damaged parts.

Steve Helfer, Clinkenbeard general manager, is quoted in the article about other benefits of the new machine. “We found that other area businesses have a need for this sophisticated technology because it’s extremely portable, we can load the machine up and take it to area shops to conduct measurement services on location.”

Read the full article here.

Clinkenbeard, established in 1966, is the worldwide leader in the rapid production of complex metal castings and machined parts (metal and plastic). The Clinkenbeard® Toolingless Process is industry reknown for producing metal castings efficiently, affordably and extremely fast. The company started as a pattern shop to service the aerospace industry and has since evolved into a company with an intimiate knowledge of the foundry industry and complex issues related to making high quality castings. Principal markets include US defense and government, aerospace, auto racing, heavy truck, marine, industrial, power generation and agricultural.


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