Tomorrow I will leave for EMO and I am looking forward to meeting many customers and also seeing what is new. Others come to our Stand to discuss centerless grinders with us, I also go shopping for equipment when I visit different shows. I am looking for a EDM, as well as a small mill and different technology in cutting tools for milling cast iron. With the worldwide appeal of EMO, there will be many choices and options.
EMO is also know for its outlandish displays. The Ice bars, Cirque De Soleil performances, and Live Tigers, the cutting tool pavilion never lets you down with the one up-man ship. Ill bring back photos and post them.
Following up on the posts of getting rid of the Orion 2200 machining center a couple of years ago, to day we got rid of another relic. A 10,000 pound Cincinnati Cinturn. This was one of the first CNC machines purchased here and originally ran on a punch tape. Over the years we upgraded the control, and other elements of the system, however our Okuma was too fast and efficient, so over the course of the last 10 years the jobs we ran on it dwindled to zero and then it was taking up space. Today with the help of our Longtime scrap guy we shoved it on his truck.
When asked how the heck he was going to get it off, he very matter of fact stated, drive as fast as you can in reverse at the yard, and hit the brakes. He paused and added I better put my seat belt on.
The summer is not quite over however we are getting geared up for the fall season and with a full build sheet and commitments into November . We are excited about the remainder of the year and having another great year of growth.
We have shipped a number of the Generation X3 machines as they have become popular around the world. We have received commitments for purchase from Russian, Korean and Chinese companies as well as the American Company that helped launch the project. The more the word gets out the more sample grinding we are doing on it, producing a revolutionary way to produce micromachined parts that need a sub spindle fourth axis.
We also have shipped our EMO show machine and its is on its way. We are in a small 4.5m square stand in Halle 11, Stand B05. We are bringing a Hi-Accuracy Machine to the show grinding a valve spool. We are enthused to reconnect with our European Customers as well as the many other countries that visit this show. If you have never been, it is like IMTS, however with a much different international flair. The Stands serve coffee, drinks, and food all day. Many are raised off the floor 2’-3” for a much grander stance Most are custom designed and made on the show floor from plywood, then spackled and painted. Royal Master has a much simpler design then we do at IMTS. We use their standard booth, put down our flooring and power up our machine. We bring a simple Coffee maker and buy some cookies at a local grocery store, but yet every time we have exhibited, we gain plenty of business from the exhibition. We have gained sales from Bulgaria, Turkey, and many Western European Companies from this exhibition.
On a much lighter note, Recently we had a long time employee retire. Marilyn was a staple in our company for many years. Replacing Margaret in the mid 1990’s she answered phones then went to work in purchasing. After her retirement I calculated the average tenure of our employee. Our employees have been here for an average of 17 years. John Srt and I take great pride in this as we like to think we provide a nice place to work, with a good group of people who truly care about what we do here, and care about our customers.
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In April I was in China for a IMTS style show. Its IMTS of China and it is called appropriately the China International Manufacturing Technology Show. This is the 4th time I have exhibited there since 1997. Every two years I have to say China has changed and continues to change, but there are a few things that always amaze me.
1. IMTS had 100,000 visitors this past show, CIMT drew 250,000+ visitors for the same amount of show days
2. The machine tools that are available in China are massive, and they bring them to the show. You need to make axle housings for a Caterpiller dumptruck. Not just a small over the road type, but one that is use in mining, they had a machine on the floor with that axle housing on its bed
3. The Chinese people are friendly and Love American Machine tools. The thinking that they want to copy our equipment is a thought that enters into your mind, however Royal Master has had great success selling our equipment and filling niches that other domestically Chinese made products could not fill.
4. They respect quality and have a desire to making quality products. We have installed a number of machines, and tolerances of ½ micron are not something that they run from, it is demanded
One of my first trips to China, I distinctly remember looking out my hotel room window and being amazed at the number of Bicycles and three wheeled tricycles. It was a virtual traffic Jam of legs and pedals. Most had items strapped to them, Coal or water bottles or random items. This trip I sat and looked out and admired a Traffic Jam or cars of all kinds. Mercedes, Buick, Ford, and lots of Hyundai and Volkswagen. The whole thing is just very cool to see the progress
One of the most interesting items is that we enter the hall during set-up the security guards were barking at me. Since I have no idea what they were saying, I not so politely walked right by them. Luckly no one followed me nor did I get locked up. However I found out later that I needed to purchase a hardhat for protection.
Other Photos from my trip to China
It has been to long since I have blogged. During this lapse a lot has happened here at Royal Master Grinders. Most recently we exhibited at the MDM West show where we introduced a new machine for grinding dental parts. Our Generation X3 machine used a fully motorized fourth axis that can rotate from zero to 90 degrees to crate helical geometries on parts. Already having orders for 3 units, we are excited about this introduction. It will open up a whole new field for us and give us added capabilities in the medical device market for even more complex profiles.
Going back to the end of the year, Royal Master had a great 2012, strong sales, good interest which has put us in a nice position for a successful 2013. We have had a great cross section of machine sales from many industries, medical being strong, as well as the machine tool field. This was reinforced by a successful IMTS. This September show was not only successful in bringing us immediate sales on the show floor, but the immediate follow-up with strong sales after the show was good to see. The fact that there was good traffic at the show, qualified buyers roaming the asiles and lots of good projects in our booth gives us great optimism for the next two years of business.
Last week was a milestone of sorts for my father and myself. My Oldest daughter who you have been introduced to before in this blog is 10 years old, and she had a week off of school. She had a cake baking camp in the mornings, but in the afternoons my wife and I took turns watching her and our youngest daughter. Wednesday afternoon they came back to RMG and with a lot of work to be done in our shipping department, our oldest was put to work. She did an admirable job, putting a smile on the faces of her grandfather, and her father both. I was then reminded by a few people, they remember me, at that age, mowing the lawn and counting inventory. This Friday the third Generation of Memmelaar’s will officially receive a paycheck from Royal Master.
Well, IMTS 2012 is finished and we got home last night from a wild show where we saw great business, sold a couple of machines from the floor, as well as had a great amount of potential business.
Outside of the normal day to day business we enjoyed eating in Chicago, lunches from many of the Deli’s Carbonara Mexican, Jimmy John’s, and Pot Belly Deli. It beats pizza and Hamburgers every day from Convention Center. For Dinner we enjoyed Heaven on Seven for Cajun Food, Wildfire for Steak Night, Chicago Culinary Institute, Texas De Brazil, and Giordano’s for Pizza Thanks to all of those who kept our tanks full.
This year we had two IMTS rookies at the show Ryan and Jesse. Over the years we had different variations of Initiation. Our last rookie was treated to a hot sauce taste test at Heaven on Seven, where he had to eventually sign a waiver, and was warned not to pick-up the bottle without a napkin. The result was a glass of milk to quench the fire, and a round of applause from all of us with a big congratulations
This year we had a newer style of initiation. A pink bike helmet and lab coat that Jesse and ryan had to wear from the parking garage to the booth. Both wore it well, were good sports, and have passed with flying colors.
Below are a few photos
Todd and Bob as I had previously mentioned ride their bicycles in the morning, they decided that they would play a prank on me. I opened my door to my room in the morning on Monday and this is what I found.
The following photo is of us bring the bikes back to the hall to ship home. We got in trouble because we were bringing “FREIGHT” into the building and we should have used the loading docks
I would like to thank everyone who visited our booth, visited our virtual booth and have follow-ed us along on this journey. I hope ...
Well we set-up machines, but thats not the fun part. For those who know Todd M our Lead Engineer and Bob Hoffman every day they rie their Bike’s lunchtime. Usually they ride about 16 miles during the 45 minutes, then eat and back to work. This ritual has been going on for about 5 years now. Each IMTS they ship their Bikes out and ride up and down lake shore drive early in the morning. Today we took their bikes back to the hotel as they were taking up too much space in the closet. If you look real close you can see Rich in the back seat. The Hyundai is really not made for this kind of cargo.
Here are some Photos of Last Week’s Progress
Everything fit on the truck with a whole 2″ to spare. To my defense the driver had 20″ of toolboxes and bicycles in the front of the truck. About 5 minutes after we finished loading we had a horrible downpour of rain.
Just about everything is packed and we are getting ready to ship on Monday. Yesterday we brought everything that was finished out in the parking lot and “test drove” the layout of our truck. For those who have been following me since last IMTS I have challenged to have enough room on the truck. As John Sr and I were once told, we are the master’s of space. It can also be called fitting ten pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag. This year I had a treat, instead of a 48′ flatbed I have a 53′ trailer. It worked out well as I had an “unanticipated skid” and now I have actual space left over.
One of my favorite things is showing my girls what I do here. I am very fortunate to have a family that understands my commitment to Royal Master. My wife and two daughters brought me dinner last night as I was moving our machines around in the parking lot. I gave my daughters a driving lesson in the EMPTY lot.
Olivia 10, did really well, but I still told her not to go anywhere near Rich’s Harley.
Over the next few days I will be updating on the progress of our set-up and the actual show itself.
Where are we now?
One week to go before we ship and everything is finished with the exception of two machines. Each one of those is on the home stretch. On Saturday the truck comes to RMG and we load everything up for a quick two day trip to Chicago. Nate, Ryan and Myself fly out Tuesday morning, where we will lay the flooring and prepare for the unloading of the semi in Wednesday.
What my plan is we will we posting an everyday blog update from our arrival in Chicago to our departure so the progress of the booth construction can be followed.
For all of the details on the show itself goto IMTS.com and check out all the cool thangs that will be going on including AMT building a car at the show called the Rallye Fighter, Great seminars, and of course over 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space.