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What happened last night at Royal Master Grinders..

To be fair to Ryan, we knew that he is a good sport, so when we needed someone to jump into the TG-12×4 bedrock enclosure to wire up the limit switches, we nominated him. Being a good sport, and the fact he wasn’t looking, this is what happened. We let him out after we all ordered outback, but before we ate. Just for the record, He had a Ribeye for dinner last night.

TG-12×8 #1 Sold!

Royal Master Grinders would like to thank our launch customer for placing the first order for a TG-12×8 TF machine. They will be Thrufeed grinding ceramic with a metal bond diamond wheel. The wide wheel, 12″ in diameter with the outboard bearing was an attractive element of this system, as well as the 8″ diameter regulating wheel.
The entire Royal Master family wants to thank them for this order!

Introducing the TG-12×8 Centerless Grinder, and BTW, IMTS Ships in a little more than 3 weeks

August 1, 2014 has arrived and Royal Master has been awaiting this day for a while now. All 50 employees of Royal Master Grinders are proud to introduce the Model TG-12×8 Centerless Grinder. This machine has all of the accuracy as our TG-12×4 series, but with twice the wheel width.
When Royal Master Grinders set-out on this project, we were adamant that we would not be re-branding the current models with Fancy names or stretching existing designs. We wanted to manufacture the most robust system possible, conceived from the spindles outward. If your looking for a summary at a quick glance, this pretty much sums up this system:
• 12” diameter Grinding Wheel 8” wide, 8” Diameter Regulating Wheel, 8” wide
• Applications up to 3” Diameter
• Micron Tolerances
• Conventional Sizing system, Thrufeed Microsize Adjustment, Air Over Hydraulic Plunge system, Servo Operated infeed, Hi-Accuracy CNC
• Machine weight 4000 lbs
• Twin Grip Ridged Spindle Designs
• Bedrock Platform of 8” thick granite as standard equipment
• Servo Driven Regulating Wheel drive as standard equipment,
• Easy to use Ram bed swivel design and work rest holder advancement system.
• Permentely mounted dressers, stepper motor and ball screw cross drives
• Dressing systems available:
o Air Sensing Dressers ( Standard Equipment )
o Automatic Dressers for both Grinding and Regulating wheel
o Over the wheel CNC Dressing for both Grinding and Regulating wheel
o Rotary Diamond disk CNC grinding wheel Dressing
• Ram Bed Swivel design that incorporates Turcite antifriction material for smooth friction free diameter adjustments
• Cam Out capability at an affordable cost.
• Automation from operator assist devices to fully robotic systems
At IMTS we will be grinding on two separate systems, a Thrufeed microsize system, and a Hi-Accuracy system. Both will be displaying demanding applications, thrufeed grinding titanium bars, and infeed grinding an industrial gearbox part. Both system will have loading options on them. The Thrufeed machine will have a outboard bar stock support. The Hi-Accuracy machine will have a pick and place loading system with outboard conveyors.
We have more in our 40’ x 40’ booth at IMTS, we have four other machines. We will also have our TG-12×4 BEDROCK centerless grinding system with a new enclosure system. this new enclosure is very streamlined and will meet many of the stringent health and safety standards that companies have in place. This machine will ...

What’s under the box?

What’s under the box? August 1, 2014 we will lift the box off on one of the coolest projects that Royal Master has undertaken. Its started about a year ago and from there we have had a great time developing this project, it was not work, it was fun. Simply put, we are taking our core ideals of machines and redefining them to put the centerless grinders market on notice. On August 1, 2014 we will introduce to the world a New Royal Master Grinders. In the meantime if you can guess whats under the box before August 1, 2014, e-mail me and if you get it right I’ll send you an Royal Master Stain Steel coffee tumbler!
IMTS is quickly approaching and we are assembling our machines, our booth and also putting some finishing touches on projects that we have on our floor. As August 1 approaches we will have a lot of great projects to begin to reveal to people that follow our blog, and our website.
For those whom know about this website it is a virtual tradeshow booth. You can see whats happening in our booth before the show opens to better plan your visit, and also communicate with your colleagues during and after the show about what you have seen. We have found it is a great tool for you to use in discussing Royal Master Centerless Grinders.
The other day I stopped by our paint shop to see if a part was complete for the show. This is a common occurrence, and as I got a buzz on my phone from my daughter telling me she was home from Camp, Manual posed for this photo. It made me think that our machines ship to customers all over the world, but this is such a neat back-story of who Royal Master is, it deserves to be told.
The Santana family has been a part of Royal Master Grinders for over 30 years, with the family patriarch Fernando being the face of the family. His brothers and cousins work or have worked here in various capacities over the years. His older brother Manual whom the photo is of, began working here almost 20 years ago, and in that time has become a US citizen. Fernando also works with his family to make sure they learn English as well as get an education whether it ...

Major Announcement August 1, 2014!

IMTS is rapidly approaching and according to the website, there is less than 70 days until the big show. Royal Master has a date of August 22nd to load up our truck and get all of our seven machines and support equipment out to the show. We still have a lot to do, but it is all coming together quickly.
We have begun assembling our booth again inside our building, to make sure that everything is ready to go once we get to the show, we will then move on to creating our automation station. More details of this to come also on August 1st.
As part of this effort we are proud to be making a major announcement on August 1. The initial feedback from others of what we have to share with you is impressive, and with their help, they have put some good ideas and additions into this project.
Stop back to and on August 1 for all the details on this project and everything that we will be doing at IMTS 2014

Some Things Need No Introduction,

This little video came from a friend of mine shooting bowling balls up in the air. Its in Kansas, and make sure that you have the sound turned up. The following is he told me about the event:
Standard bowling ball. 8 5/8″ diameter. Not sure what caliber that is….
Landed 1/4 mile away and went more than 1/4 mile up. Luckily no crop duster planes last night.
At the end you can hear someone say “oh no, not the cars”. It was a little windy and might have drifted a bit.

IMTS 2014 is Coming and Royal Master to Have a Major Announcement

It has been a while since my last blog posting and we have been busy, we have had a number of innovative projects for customers go through our engineering department as well some really cool projects in the pipeline. One of these projects is featured on our Web site is a robotic loading system which loaded, unloaded, cleaned, gauged and palletized a fluid injector nozzle.
IMTS 2014 is approaching and we have been working diligently on a lot of projects for the show, but a couple in particular will be major, and redefine the centerless grinding landscape. We will be making the announcement August 1, 2014 of what this project is and what it means for the world of centerless grinding. Stay tuned
Many of you may remember Brianne, our marketing intern for a few years. She now goes to Rutgers University and is applying for student teaching positions for the fall semester. It was rewarding watching her grow, and learn, now she is almost done with her college education. We have taken on a new Intern, the son of Bob Hoffman, our southeast sales engineer. As I did with Brianne, she wrote a blog entry when she started, and also at the end of her experience with us. Steven has done the same.
Meet Steven Hoffman:
My experience at Penn State these past two years has prepared me for the work I am doing at Royal Master in many ways. Penn State professors love to emphasize that they are not just providing us with business skills and knowledge, but they are building future business leaders. Now that I have the opportunity to use some of these skill sets, I am really starting to see what the professors mean by that. As a marketing student going into my junior year I have yet to take many of the in-depth business courses Penn State offers. However the introductory classes I have taken have really prepared me for the work I am facing.
For example my Marketing 301 class gave me a lot of valuable information on real world marketing. Much of the course material was similar to what I learned in an Advanced Marketing class in high school. The biggest difference for me was that in Marketing 301 my professor would lecture on real world situations and simultaneously incorporate the information the textbook provided. This was really helpful and showed ...

Introducing a New

When I went to Rochester Institute of Technology back in 1989, I brought my personal computer a advanced 289 powerhouse purchased from CompuAdd at a local highway store. There was no Gateway, Dell or others. Apple had a simple computer that could also do the basics as did my CompuAdd machine. I could type out term papers and essays right in my room, no need to brave the Rochester NY winters going to the computer lab. I quickly become friends in college with a Tor Gunderson, a native of Fairport N.Y. and as a graphic design major he was extremely creative and would often act as a sounding board for projects that were in my curriculum. He would spend hours drawing for classes, freehand as computers were not introduced to their classes, computers were not advanced enough to complete their projects. Computers entered their curriculum late into our collegiate career. At RIT we had an “email” system called the VAX system. It was a simplistic e-mail server that really was a pain to use would crash often and would be problematic in so many ways.
During our college coursework, he did a couple of projects for me and Royal Master that we used, a presentation folder, and a few brochures. Upon competition of college we continued to work together on various projects. He married another Graphic design major, Dina, and a few years later, Creative Thunder Designs was born.( )
Around 12 years ago Royal Master’s first website was born, and six years ago I approached him about and our satellite site was born as a virtual tradeshow booth for IMTS. Last year we embarked on our new site at We used facetime, dropbox, skype, and other online tools to accomplish this new site on weekends and evenings. We often commented about how much easier everything was from our first website where we would Fedex 8×10 glossy photos to Georgia for his to scan, and place into the site. Our daughters would talk on-line as Tor and I would work and they became fast friends even having never met in person.
Technology is amazing and it moves fast. In 20 years time, we went from a state of the art 286 computer, to virtual meetings , digital photography, internet, and on-line tools
Visit our new website, and do not ...

Have a Happy New Year

The year is winding down and a lot has taken place this year and we are looking forward to next year. This past year we participated in CIMT in China, EMO in Germany for exhibitions, shipped over 70 machines, and had a healthy group of employees. This is all you could ask for.
Both Shows were successful and we earned business from both. We found that EMO drew a large eastern European audience as well as a large Russian audience. EMO was a good show from a lot of reasons, our world wide competition exhibited and we found that we stacked up well with all of them. The accuracy that our machines can achieve, combined with our smaller footprint was well received. When comparing to our larger machine competition, we equaled their quoted accuracy in less than half of the footprint. We also learned that we are very adaptable to customer requests for special engineering. In one case a potential customer arrived at the booth and we discussed his intentions, and the next day I presented a on-line meeting via my IPAD to review their custom operator assist device. We logged into our server, met with our engineers whom designed their feeder overnight. I received the purchase order for the equipment the next week.
For 2014 we have MDM West and IMTS coming up again. Both are large shows for us and we like to have good presence at each. In both cases we will be introducing new technology to our existing and future customers. We are looking forward to IMTS the most as we will have some really cool technology to display and show off. As the time gets closer we will be letting everyone know more, but I can assure you it is a pretty big deal what we are working on.
Back in October a childhood friend of mine Chris Paulsen who is a professor of automotive restoration at McPherson College in Kansas was invited to participate in an interesting challenge. He was asked to race a Tesla Model S from Detroit, MI to Long Island, a 1915 Model T Ford. As a pre’15 car enthusiast he could not say no. A very prominent Car magazine sponsored the event and if you would like to follow a thread on a car blog from a few days after the event, click on the link below

Its Just who we are…..

I write this as I’m sitting in an airport hotel just having spent a week visiting customers. This was one week that was truly enjoyable to travel. Weather was great, had a couple of great meals at unexpected restaurants at my destinations, and met some really nice customers. I write this blog as a way for customers to get to know us as a company, our personalities and our people. Half of the customers I visited this week made mention of my blog and different stories from it. It was extremely satisfying from my standpoint. After all we are a company made of people, 50 of us. We are 50 distinct personalities, but the thing I am most proud of the company that my Father, Rodney and Myself own is all of these people work hard everyday to build centerless grinding machines. Each one of them not only works for a paycheck, that’s a given, but they believe in the product that we build. If you have ever been to our factory, each and everyone of them is happy to talk with you, show you their little niche, and share their interests out of the factory walls. Its just who we are. This blog is a way to reflect this and I hope it comes through that way.
Just over a year ago Todd our chief engineer was riding his bike lunchtime as he did everyday, and was struck by a car. He was airlifted to the nearest trauma center. After a number of months of critical care, he returned to work fulltime two months ago. To celebrate the one year anniversary we arranged a surprise bike ride for him to mirror a portion of that fateful day’s route. With a local police escort 20 employees and his wife and daughter joined us for a ride with Todd leading the way.