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Unparalleled Precision Machining in Rochester, MN

How Bowman Tool & Machining Achieves Unparalleled Precision Machining in Rochester, MN

From starting out in a 900-square foot garage to growing into a 150,000-square foot machining facility, one thing has remained consistent through our 40 years of business— our dedication to continuous improvement. Our mission and team values demand we are continuously improve our process and methods for precision machining. But how is BTM able to guarantee quality, precise parts? 

It Begins With the Customer

 From the very beginning, we work closely with our customers to understand their specific needs, design specifications, or if requested, offer our expertise to aid final design considerations. We offer prototyping development services to help customers design and produce unique parts that will meet their specific requirements. We are fully capable of designing and building tooling to support our customer’s requirements for a complete package of services. Once we’ve established a plan and design with the customer, the real work begins.

 Optimal Precision With CNC Machining 

Computer Numerical Control or CNC machining allows for ultimate precision when producing parts. CNC machines utilize the latest technology to control different tools including lathes, mills, and robotics. An operator is able to input specifications for a part and the CNC machine can produce the part to those exact specifications. To verify that parts meet the customer’s specifications, our machine operators perform regular quality checks before entering the Quality Control lab for complete customer requirement validation. We have a variety of CNC machines allowing us to provide capability to our customers for machined parts ranging from 1lb to 6600 lbs.

 Quality Control Machines Ensure Consistency 

We don’t just utilize the latest technology in our production, but also in our quality control procedures. BTM utilized Coordinate Measuring Machines or CMMs to ensure each part meets the customer’s exact measurements. CMMs can be automated or manually controlled and, use a probe to measure every feature on a part, checking for inconsistencies. We will process this data collection to understand our capabilities and validate performance. Bowman Tool and Machining also has CMM’s equipped with the latest scanning technology as we seek to consistently increase our throughput and provide exceptional value-add to our customers products. Once the parts have been through our rigorous quality control procedures, we ship them out in a timely manner to ensure our customers receive exactly what they ordered, when they ordered it.

 It Doesn’t End With Shipping 

Even after a job is complete, we provide aftermarket support to ensure our customers always have a resource in Bowman Tool & Machining. When a customer calls BTM they will always reach a member of the management team, who will take the time to understand their needs & involve key team members to satisfy the customer’s request.

 If you’re looking for a precision parts manufacturer you can count on, rely on the business that has proven its mettle for 40 years. Contact our Rochester, MN, facility at (507) 286-1400 today.

Bowman Tool: Full Service Tier-1 Supplier

Bowman Tool, Inc. of Rochester, MN, is a Tier-1 Supplier Partnering with Customers From the Design Stage All the Way Through Service 


With over 40 years of experience specializing in precision machining, Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. has established a world class quality management system in support of our Tier 1 services. We have partnered with some of the world's most successful companies to help solve their complex machining and contract manufacturing challenges. By applying rigorous engineering standards along every phase of the process from specifications and prototyping to production and quality control all the way through service, we deliver performance excellence that consistently exceeds customer expectations. We pride ourselves on precision and achieve this by utilizing computer numerical control (CNC) machines. CNC machining isn’t just precise, but it’s also efficient, allowing us to produce high-precision parts on a large scale. Paired with our state-of-the-art facilities, our experience and capabilities offer comprehensive excellence in parts production for our customers from concept through service. With our full tier-1 support system, we can support and supplement customers throughout each stage of the process.

 From start to finish, our full tier-1 support offers an optimal experience for all our customers. Our emphasis on tier-1 client support at all stages of production assures operational efficiency and ideal quality in the finished product.

 Design: During the initial steps of product design and prototyping, our engineers and quality team create strong teamwork with our customer. We take time to understand customer specifications, a part’s function, our production capabilities, and quality expectations. Prototypes are fabricated based on these inputs. Our coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) provide us statistical analysis on prototype features which we feedback to our customers’ design team.

 Precision Machining: With our team of dedicated and highly skilled machinists and engineers, BTM of Rochester, MN, has earned a reputation for precision machining that is second to none. Our engineering-driven process is designed to maximize efficiencies that improve our customers' return on investment.

BTM has invested in state-of-the-art technologies to achieve precision machining in Rochester, MN, including robotic automation and climate-controlled facilities to maintain precise tolerances of even the most complex jobs.

 Assembly: BTM of Rochester, MN, has the square footage, the equipment, and the expertise to meet all your assembly needs—everything from simple sub-assembly to complete turnkey deliverables. We can achieve precision without sacrificing efficiency by utilizing robotic automation. This allows our engineers to program exact specifications into our CNC machines and operate several at once. Thanks to robotic automation, you can count on us to provide tighter quality control, lower costs, and shorter lead times. We are always staying at the forefront of technological advances to provide our customers with better products and a better experience; robotic automation is just the latest in a long line of innovative solutions. 

 Service: The final step in the life cycle of a part is service. As a Tier 1 supplier BTM of Rochester, MN, excels in supporting all customer service needs. 

Our goal at BTM is to provide Tier 1 high-quality precision machining in Rochester, MN, for the entire life cycle of a part. We strive to create the optimal client experience through our full tier-1 support systems every step of the way. For more information about our machining services and capabilities, contact Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. at (507) 286-1400 today.

 

3 C's That Make or Break Rochester Precision Machining Companies

Bowman Tool and Machining Inc. Shares the “3 C’s” That Make or Break Rochester MN, Precision Machining Companies

If you’re in need of precision machining, you have a difficult decision to make. Among all the precision machining companies available in Rochester, MN, and surrounding areas, you must choose the one you can trust.

When you need a part for your machine, you want the process handled from start to finish by a company who doesn’t just see you as a customer, but a partner.

At Bowman Tool and Machining, we’ve spent the past 40 years forming bonds through teamwork with everyone we’ve served.

Today we’re going to cover some questions and concerns you might have to ensure Bowman Tool is the right choice to be your partner in precision machining.

Capabilities

Not all machining companies are built alike (pun intended).

You may be wondering if we just focus on small parts or are only capable of handling larger ones. Our answer? We have the capabilities to handle both and everything in between.

With 54 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines – ranging from 400mm to 1000m – we can handle parts ranging from 1 lb. to 6600 lbs.

This means you can come to us with jobs of essentially any size. Plus, our state of the art, 150,000 square ft. facility, gives us the bandwidth to handle a range of order amounts from a single prototype to a fleet of parts.

Our capabilities don’t stop with our machines. We’ve created a reliable and responsive staff to meet your needs, even on short notice. Working with Bowman Tool and Machining gives you the personal touch of a small machine shop with the readiness to tackle big projects because we have the personnel to handle them.

Communication

 When you work with a precision machining company, you don’t want surprises. You want to work with a team that keeps you informed every step of the way.

With Bowman Tool, you’ll work with a staff who not only communicates with you effectively, but communicates within its own company with an eye toward excellence.

For example, in the prototype to production process, we’ll work with you to meet all specifications requested, even if they appear complex and challenging on the surface.

After creating the initial prototype, we’ll use our Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) to make sure the part functions precisely as it should. That data circulates back to the beginning of the process, with us communicating each step to you along the way, to make sure the part is crafted to as close to perfect as possible.

 We also communicate as a team to make sure our processes are running smoothly. In our daily white board meetings, we review strategies to reduce lead times, increase efficiencies, and discuss cutting edge trends and techniques in the machining industry, all of which gets communicated back to our quality control team and machinists on the floor.

 Why do we do this?

 We focus on excellence so much because we literally imagine the farmer on his combine or planter, the person driving their car, or the person laying underneath an MRI machine.

 In a way, modern society isn’t possible without the parts precision machining creates.

 We provide parts in industries where precision matters, so why wouldn’t we go the extra mile to help our partners?

 Consistency

 How does a precision machining business stay around for 40 years? That’s a good question.

 In the machining industry, stories have circulated about companies that fail. They take on jobs they’re incapable of performing, communication lapses, debt is owed, and all the sudden keeping doors open becomes difficult.

 At Bowman tool, we’ve learned to grow at a pace allowing us to increase our capability and knowledge while protecting our partners in the process and staying debt free.

 This dedication to consistency allows us to guarantee 100 percent on time delivery. It’s what makes us keep you informed from the very beginning stages of pre-production, through the machining process, and even providing support after the parts have been shipped out the door.

 We built our business on the philosophy that consistently creating quality products creates success. If you work with us, you won’t just be a customer, but a part of a continuing legacy of strong relationships and top-tier precision parts.

 Here’s what you do next. Pick up the phone, dial (507) 286-1400 and speak with one of our representatives at our Rochester, MN, facility. Let’s talk about your precision machining needs and see how we can work together.

 

Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. Today

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Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. has been a family-owned business for 40+ years and is constantly improving & growing. Here at BTM, we pride ourselves on our 100% commitment to providing high quality products and services at a competitive price. BTM partners with companies working from the design stages to pre-production, all the way through end of life. 

Bowman Tool has improved our backup systems and processes to ensure 100% on-time delivery! Our staff understands that downtime is unacceptable and we pride ourselves on our 100% on-time delivery standards. 


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Delivering Superier Products To Customers

 

Bowman Tool has the capability to continue to grow with our state of the art, 150,000 square foot machining facility. We currently have 44 CNC machining centers ranging from 400 mm to 1000 mm! We also have 12 turning centers, some with 5-axis and live tooling. Our highly efficient robotic machining cells, give us the capability to produce smaller parts as well. No part is too big or too small for BTM to handle.

The Bowman team is as strong as ever! We believe it is very important to have the right group of people in place to achieve the highest of quality standards, integrity, and to continuously improve. BTM has experts in engineering, quality, production operators, production floor leads, shipping, & management, with over 250 years of machining experience. 

Robot Squad Wins Again

Sponsored Team Brings Home the Gold

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We are very proud of our sponsored Robot Squad FTC Team 7152 and all of their hard work this season. They got 1st place in robot runs and ended up being the captain on the winning alliance at the North Branch Tournament last month. They were nominated for five awards, more than any other team there, and won the 1st place Inspire Award which is the highest award possible. Hard work and lots of fun learning really does pay off. Here's some footage of the BTM robot in action.

Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations Dale Morey on 30 years with BTM!!

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Throwback to 2009

37th Street Building Remodel

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This former K-Mart building was turned into a manufacturing powerhouse in 2009 when BTM demoed and remodeled the rundown property. At the time of purchase, the building was being rented by Goodwill and IBM, but had been seriously neglected. BTM was proud to revamp what the community called an "eye sore" and make it into a job-creating, economy-boosting business.

In 2009 Bowman Tool & Machining invested over $1 Million to demo in the interior of the building, add a beautiful entrance and office space, as well as enough power for the company to operate the heavy manufacturing machinery that would run around the clock. The result is an enormous amount of pride for the new location and what you see below...

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Leadership, Innovation, Your Parntner in Precision Machining

US Manufacturing Renaissance a Myth?

New Reports Suggest Tall Tale

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Have we been letting a good story get in the way of the facts?

The “manufacturing renaissance” has been the central point in the return of America’s industrial power. It even has its own national council.

Yet here are the facts: the United States may have added only about one new manufacturing job in the last few years for every five that were lost during the financial crisis and the recession that followed...

...“A lot of people are desperate for positive economic news, so articles suggesting that there’s a revival of manufacturing get a lot of traction.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/new-report-says-us-manufacturing-renaissance-doesnt-exist-2015-1#ixzz3OcQBJTwI

Happy Holidays from the BTM Team

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Happy Holidays from the Bowman Family! 2014 has been a wonderful year at BTM and we are excited to see what 2015 has in store for us. Many thanks to our loyal employees and their families as well as our Suppliers and Customers for keeping us going everyday. Without all of these important people we would not be where we are today.

 

State Grants Hopeful to Introduce More Women to Skilled Trades

State grants aim to get more women in hard hats

Star Tribune January 11, 2015

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$475,000 will go toward training in fields traditionally male-dominated

"...Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis received $72,450 to help women earn associate’s degrees in construction, computers and manufacturing. In Rochester, the Workforce Development Center will spend $71,000 certifying women in welding and computer controlled machining (CNC).

Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, said the grants target low-wage women or those over age 50 who want in on some of Minnesota’s highest-growth industries. The new program should slim the gender wage gap, where women earn just 80 cents for every $1 a man earns.

“Today, about 40 percent of the gender pay gap is attributed to women doing different work from men and the lower value placed on female-dominated work,” Clark Sieben said. “[Many of the] greatest growth and highest paying fields are typically dominated by men. … Women are not well represented in these occupations.”

To change that, armies of educators and students are getting to work. The pounding was deafening Tuesday at Goodwill’s construction training facility in St. Paul, where two licensed contractors guided the chaos on the second day of class.

Porter, St. Paul resident McKenzie Reynolds and 10 other construction newbies banged hammers and cranked crowbars to disassemble the roofs, siding and walls from two “demonstration” houses. The students will rebuild those same houses this week.

“At this point, it’s just important to get them comfortable using hand and power tools,” said coach Anna Wright. “They are here in the [construction lab] for six weeks and then go onto the actual building site, where they build real houses.”

In between, trainees will meet with employment counselors, visit bricklayers and other firms looking for long-term apprentices. They also will select a specialty trade to study further.

Crystal resident LeeAnne Stevens, 32, and a single mother of four, can’t wait. She will spend the next six weeks learning to pour concrete and tie rebar, thanks to the state grant. The training opportunity came at the right time, said Stevens, a former Electrolux refrigerator assembler who was forced to leave her job and go on welfare when her child care fell through. But now she has steady help from her mother and is ready to learn new skills.

“I wanted something that would pay me enough that I would not have to depend on anyone else. So I came here and said, ‘Let’s do this,’ ” Stevens said.

Such training is needed, said Sarah Richards, CEO of Jones Metal Products Inc., the Mankato factory that machines parts for nuclear submarines, nuclear power plants and electric generators.

Richards is delighted the state is helping Rochester and Dunwoody women learn machining, robotics, welding and other skills badly needed by factories like hers. “There is a tremendous gender gap,” she said.

“We are 100 percent men in our front-line manufacturing operations,” Richards said. “A lot of women gravitate to the quality positions but they are just not CNC [computerized robot] operators, or welders or machinists. They are not the ones with the welding torch in their hand,” even though welding and machining jobs often pay $18 to $30 an hour.

“There are still societal stereotypes that keep girls from pursuing some fields that naturally pique their interest.”

Richards hopes to change that. This month, she’s hiring her first female machinist intern from South Central College.

“I am so excited she is here. I want her to work here full time,” Richards said. “There is a lot of good going on around this new [statewide] effort. If we could just get a good core group of women started here, then I think that things start to take off.”

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2014 STEM Summit at UCR

STEM Summit a Success

Over 2,300 area students visit UCR campus

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Thousands of Southeast Minnesota students got the opportunity to get hands-on with some career opportunities in the Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering fields. Over 80 area businesses and organizations partnered with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce to make the STEM Summit an awesome experience for middle and high school students. The event has grown from its first year of 200 students to the 2300 that were hosted this year.

Bowman Tool and Machining has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy working within the community to develop a strong workforce. The youth in our community today are our employees tomorrow and for decades to come. BTM will continue to strengthen involvement in STEM and other programs geared toward advancing our business, city, and the education of our children.

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Veteran's Day 2014

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As one of the millions of Veteran owned businesses around the country, Bowman Tool & Machining salutes the service men and women who help maintain our freedoms, rights, and privileges every day. 

Thank You American Veterans and Enlisted Service Members.

Get Out the Vote

Bowman Tool & Machining is Proud to be an American Manufacturer 

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Over 12 million men and women in America work in the Manufacturing industry. Stand up and vote for pro-growth and pro-manufacturing candudates at today's midterm election. The strength of our nation's economy depends on your voice.

Facts About Manufacturing

Did You Know...

  • In 2013, manufacturers contributed $2.08 trillion to the economy, up from $2.03 trillion in 2012. This was 12.5 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. 
  • Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States""about one in six private-sector jobs. More than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. 
  • In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $62,546. 
  • Manufacturers in the United States are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards. 
  • Manufacturers in the United States perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector. 
  • Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the 8th largest economy in the world. 

 

For more details, read the full report by the National Association of Manufacturers: Facts About Manufacturing.

 

Are you a Manufacturing Voter?

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America needs your help in electing pro-manufacturing and pro-growth candidates at the polls November 4th, 2014.  #MFGvoter 

 

Equipment

Speed and Accuracy a Top Priority at BTM

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Made in Minnesota

Take a closer look at the unique qualities that make our manufacturing industries the best in the world. Minnesota Manufacturing holds a statewide economic impact of $43.7 Billion, 16% of total state gross domestic product.

Manufacturing Holds Largest Share of Job Openings

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The latest data from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows Manufacturing holds the highest amount of full-time job openings in the state. Healthcare being a close second, Retail, then Construction in 4th which also has the highest number of seasonal workers. This affirms Manufacturing is at the heart of economic development and is an encouraging viewpoint for the Nation's Manufacturing Renesaince and reshoring activities.

September 2014 Industry News

US Manufacturing Activity Holds Near Four and a Half Year High

NEW YORK Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:15am EDT

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(Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy economic growth this quarter.

The growth picture was also boosted by other data on Tuesday showing an acceleration in services industry growth this month.

Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or "flash" U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index was at 57.9, unchanged from August's reading when it touched its highest level since April 2010.

A reading above 50 signals expansion in manufacturing, which accounts for about 12 percent of U.S. economic activity.

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Presidential Proclomation

October 3rd National Manufacturing Day

Obama Declares National Observance

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"...America's manufacturers have created jobs at the fastest pace in decades, adding more than 700,000 new jobs since February 2010. Factories are reopening their doors and businesses are hiring new workers; companies that were shipping jobs overseas are bringing those jobs back to America. As we work to rebuild a foundation of growth and prosperity, we have the opportunity to capitalize on this momentum and accelerate the resurgence of American manufacturing."

- President Obama

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