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BTM Achieves 56 PPM for last 12 months

BTM Achieves 56 PPM for last 12 months


Bowman Tool- a company located in Rochester Minnesota machines complex raw castings serving Construction, Forestry and Agriculture market sectors announces 12 months of quality and delivery results. BTM’s PPM is a very low 56 with 100% on time delivery. We asked BTM’s Engineering and Quality manager how BTM achieves such incredible results. His response is below. 

Bowman Tool & Machining Inc invests in a high-performance quality culture by developing/maintaining an outstanding knowledge-based team focused on developing proactive approaches to solve problems before they occur. BTM is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company and continues to increase our QMS effectiveness by identifying and addressing risks and opportunities.  Some highlights of our recipe for success are as follows:

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    • Invest and retain talented individuals- for a great team that reflects exceptional performance as measured by BTM and our customers daily. We take pride in our employees and work together to identify and remove obstacles to success as well as create an incentivized work environment.  
    • Understand customer requirements- develop lasting relationships, become engaged in the customers value-add supply chain, and work together to create the best cost-effective product plan. BTM most often exceeds our customer expectations in all aspects of the delivery process including; design, prototype, materials procurement, production, shipping and end of life service. 
    • Communication and Transparency- ensure all stakeholders have timely information with which to make informed decisions to maintain focus on proactive action plans.  
    • Processed based methodology (Plan-Do-Check-Act)- for exceptional manufacturing performance we have developed a succinct set of performance metrics which we continually monitor. Based on the metrics we take appropriate action with an emphasis on being proactive. 
    • Production/manufacturing support- all manufacturing products and processes have detailed support documents. All stakeholders at BTM are trained/confirmed they understand how to utilize these resources. The teams creating these product and process documents have many combined years of experience. This ultimately gives our customers great service and value and more importantly, no surprises.
    • Continuous improvement- continual effort to review and monitor business processes for deficiencies and exposures as we look to enhance performance through metrics-based measurement. Continuous improvement is an important part of our quality policy.
    • Preventative maintenance- equipment up-time is essential for successful capacity planning and delivering customer product on-time. BTM utilizes a dedicated metrics based preventative maintenance scheduling program using OEM recommendations for all equipment at BTM. 

As a result, recent 12-month rolling PPM is 56 with 100% on time delivery performance as measured by one of our larger customers. A PPM of 56 is incredible for a company that machines complex raw castings. These results encompass daily production requirements, new product introduction projects, and legacy products. We can attribute some of the success for these results to following a correctly structured PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) and following up with rigid/validated execution. Honestly, it truly is people with passion playing/working as a team at all levels in the organization for a common goal that is the #1 ingredient for our continued success and, we have them at Bowman Tool & Machining Inc.  located in Rochester Minnesota.

  

 

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

Bowman Tool and Machining Inc. Shares the “3 C’s” That Make or Break 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 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  facility. Let’s talk about your precision machining needs and see how we can work together.

 

  

 

Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc Delivery Performance

Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc Delivery Performance

 

Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. (BTM) a Rochester based CNC machining company not only ships with very high quality but also has a very reliable delivery history. In fact, Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc. has shipped on time every month for the last 2 years! This is no small feat considering the complexity of the parts BTM machines. Several parts BTM machines are very complex weigh more than 1000 pounds and have more than 900 features. What is the secret to our success? Over our over 42 years of continuously operation we have developed and enhanced our company in four main areas to get to this world class level of delivery performance.

We maintain our own equipment with a heavy focus on preventative maintenance. This assures our machines have very low downtime. As a backup in the low likelihood the machining centers are down, and we have critical deliveries we have backup machining centers that parts can be transferred in a few hours.  This protects our customers manufacturing lines and insures we ship on time.

Our machining centers are scheduled based on a long-term plan. Our Plant Manager, Joe Howe, schedules our line based on a 4-week rolling demand from our customers with daily releases. Joe has 22 years of experience at BTM. He started BTM running a machining center and has worked his way up to Plant Manager. Joe knows every process in our factory as he has created most of them! Joe also has an intimate knowledge of our customers and their needs. Over the many years of working at BTM and communicating with our customers Joe has learned to anticipate problems and schedule our complex machining centers proactively.

Communication is key to setting correct delivery expectations. We continuously communicate with our customers. It is not uncommon for us to have several conversations with our customers daily. This helps us tweak our machining operations to real time customer needs. BTM strives for clear and consistent communications with our customers and suppliers to prevent surprises and keep a smooth flow of machined castings to our customers.

BTM operates at a very high-quality low defect rate to keep daily surprises to a minimum and assure consistent high delivery performance. The ISO 9001:2015 registered team at Bowman Tool and Machining continues to apply advanced quality planning techniques along with robust continuous improvement methodologies allowing BTM to be recognized as a top tier supplier to our customers. In fact, during fiscal year 2018, one of our larger customers received over 135,000 highly complex machined castings 100% on time with an annual parts per million score of less than 120 PPM. Some of the product we produce requires our processes to control tolerance ranges of less than 15 microns and, may include up to 900 features per part. We are recognized as an industry leader at providing cost-effective and successful new product introductions, and really excel at working with our customers design and procurement personnel as a significant contributor/facilitator to ensure the end-users needs are satisfied entirely.

 

Our Quality Policy contains the words continuous process improvement. While we cannot ship better than 100% on time, we can build on our 24 months of continuous on time shipments and that is exactly what we intent to do!

  

 

BTM Quality Highlights

BTM Quality Highlights


The ISO 9001:2015 registered team at Bowman Tool and Machining continues to apply advanced quality planning techniques along with robust continuous improvement methodologies allowing BTM to be recognized as a top tier supplier to our customers. In fact, during fiscal year 2018, one of our larger customers received over 135,000 highly complex machined castings 100% on time with an annual parts per million score of less than 120 PPM. Some of the product we produce requires our processes to control tolerance ranges of less than 15 microns and, may include up to 900 features per part. We are recognized as an industry leader at providing cost-effective and successful new product introductions, and really excel at working with our customers design and procurement personnel as a significant contributor/facilitator to ensure the end-users needs are satisfied entirely.

BTM works with our customer’s experts to formulate and facilitate their desired plan(s) during the design, prototype, pre-production, and production launch stages.  We also have well established partnerships with tier two suppliers for tooling, fixturing, and raw materials to include foundries. While we have excellent design capabilities for tooling and fixturing, we have developed a sustained supply base to increase throughput for all opportunities and challenges for complex machined components. BTM will work with our customers to ensure that there are no surprises during any phase of meeting their expectations and we will do what it takes to mitigate unforeseen issues and be an extension of the customers team. 

At Bowman Tool and Machining Inc., internal customer planning occurs at all levels of the company daily to ensure customer expectations are thoroughly defined, communicated and understood by all stakeholders. Some examples of metrics that have been developed with positive results include safety, NPI programs, PPM, delivery, quoting and equipment effectiveness. These metrics are communicated monthly across the entire team and helps ensure BTM employees understand the wants and needs of our customers. The expected deliverables from our customers are simple, cost effective parts delivered on time and on quality at a fair price. BTM reinforces the need for our team to continuously improve in all phases of production from the design stage and moving through prototype, materials procurement, production and shipping stages completing with end of life service. This is part of our Quality Policy and will ensure we continue to satisfy customers needs far into the future.

  

 

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Bowman Tool Celebrates Zero Defects for August

Zero Defects - Lets Celebrate!

Bowman Tool Celebrates Zero Defects for August


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Our quality performance goal is to have ZERO nonconforming parts delivered to our customers. To recognize the highly skilled team of Bowman Tool, we had donuts for completing our goal in August! This is the 3rd time this year the team has achieved this recognition!

In the areas of quality and delivery, we have exceeded our aggressive targets, and that is what our customers have come to expect. In the last few months, we were significantly below our target as well and in August we had ZERO defects! These results are reflective of a very strong and seasoned team. Our machinists average eight years of experience, some have close to 25 years of experience! 

On behalf of Bowman Tool, we want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication! 


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Manufacturing Perfection with CNC Machining

Bowman Tool & Machining is Manufacturing Perfection with CNC Machining

 

CNC machining covers a wide variety of applications to fill your precision machining and contract manufacturing needs.

When you understand how CNC machining works, you can make smart decisions for finding the right machining company to help with your next project.

On top of the vast capabilities our machines provide, we add additional levels of quality management, internal review, and improvement processes to keep our projects on time and budget with as few errors possible.

When you understand how the process works and the benefits it can provide for your business, you can make smart decisions to get the parts you need for the equipment in your business.

 

Background

Humankind has consistently demonstrated our ability to do and invent amazing things using only our hands and simple tools, but the greatest invention by far has come in the last half century when we developed computers. Computers have the power to command and control other tools with a preciseness that was before unthinkable. This was particularly groundbreaking for the manufacturing industry. For the manufacturing world, the invention of computer technology and accompanying software changed the game for precision, speed, and strength. Today, computer numerical control (CNC) machining equipment is commonplace on many operations floors guided by advanced program software. At Bowman Tool & Machining (BTM), our team of skilled, expert engineers and machinists utilize CNC machining in our state-of-the-art facilities to provide the highest-quality precision manufacturing services possible to our clients.

Computer numerical control was first utilized in some capacity with the tape-punch servomechanisms of the 1940s and 1950s. While effective in its own right, this analog method of manufacturing cannot compare to today’s digital high-powered computer intelligence. With a 150,000 square foot manufacturing space, BTM houses over 50 CNC machining centers and additional automated equipment that serves as a prime example of what computer numerical control can do for the custom manufacturing industry.

For over 40 years, BTM has worked to continue embracing advances and innovations in CNC machining. Today we take projects of all shapes and sizes into our experienced hands and, with an engineering-driven approach, manufacture components and parts with unparalleled quality. Even with our highly skilled team and our efficient production procedures, BTM’s level of excellence would not be possible without our pillar of strength: CNC machining.

 

CNC Machining Basics

Let’s start with a simple CNC machine definition.

Per Thomas Net:

 “CNC Machining is a process used in the manufacturing sector that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. Tools that can be controlled in this manner include lathes, mills, routers and grinders. The CNC in CNC Machining stands for Computer Numerical Control.”

 Each machined part starts out as a block of raw material. Precision machining cuts the raw material to specifications that become the individual part.

CNC machining makes this process both accurate and more efficient. You program the machine once, and it repeats the process as many times as you need it to.

To understand what can be accomplished with our advanced CNC machining capabilities, it’s important to recognize a few basic facts about the process.

 

CNC Machine Programming

CNC machining relies on the preprogramming of tool movement into our manufacturing-specific software. This programming system is based on movement across three axes: x, y, and z (respectively: horizontal, vertical, and depth movement). Our engineers program a CNC operation based on the data specific to a digital part design using the geometry built with our computer-aided design (CAD) software and translated through computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

This programming ability works well for rapid prototyping and machining complex parts because both require an extremely accurate process to complete.

 

Program:

The patterns of movement a CNC machine follows are determined by the instruction code programmed in the common CNC language g-code. G-code communicates the full process for a machining operation, including speed, feed rate, and full range of motion.

 

System:

The CNC machining process is also directed in varying ways depending on whether it runs on a closed-loop or an open-loop system. When open, the CNC signal runs in one direction between the control and the motor. When closed, the control receives constant feedback from a cyclical loop. While a CNC machine can operate on either system, a closed-loop may be more effective in correcting errors in the machining process as it receives feedback information on speed, momentum, and position.

 

CNC Machining Tools:

At BTM, we utilize several types of machining tools for a comprehensive fabrication approach to manufacturing any given part.

Primary, we operate with CNC mills and lathes. Our CNC milling centers offer machining at several depths along the x-axis in addition to horizontal and vertical movement along the x and y axes. Our CNC lathes provide both x and y axis movement cutting on a changeable circular index. Both mill and lathe movements are programmed through G-code specifications.

 

CNC Milling Machines

When you cut a part using a CNC milling machines, the tool itself moves around the part and the part is stationary. The computer control will guide the machine to cut the part along a predetermined path.

These machines are more suitable for complex parts with intricate cut patterns. The versatility of these machines means they can cut virtually any part.

We use these machines as part of the contract manufacturing process to machine parts with predefined specifications and we can also use them in the prototype to production process for newly invented parts.

 

CNC Lathes

CNC lathes work in the exact opposite fashion. The part rotates around the tool. This process is commonly used for cylindrical parts.

You can create the same parts using a milling machine as you can with a lathe, but the process for creating cylindrical parts and other parts that favor this type of machine is much more streamlined using a lathe.

With 54 different CNC machines, any company working with us can be sure we can machine their part and have the capabilities to do it.

 

Benefits of CNC Machining

 Everything we do is for our clients. While there are many benefits of CNC machining for us as manufacturers, all of them translate into benefits for our clients.

 Precision: CNC machining can achieve accuracy within 1/1000th, virtually eliminating human error. This accuracy is also able to be replicated, allowing for consistent uniformity in parts and components, resulting in higher quality for our clients.

 Speed:  We understand the importance of getting your components on time. CNC machines can create uniform parts, quickly. Not only can they outpace their traditional counterparts, CNC machines can work around the clock, never needing a break, except for routine maintenance. This means the turnaround time for clients is less and there’s less disruption in the line of production.

 Low Cost:  While the initial investment in CNC machines is higher, in the long run it’s worth it. For high-quantity projects, CNC machining is more cost effective than traditional machining. CNC machining is efficient, precise, quick, and requires little labor. All of this adds up to serious savings for our clients.

 Versatility: If you can dream it, CNC machines can create it. CNC machines are highly versatile and can include a variety of accessories and features that expand their machining capabilities. They’re capable of creating complex components that would otherwise be impossible by manual machines and compatible with a variety of materials including aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, wood, and plastic. Between our prototyping design and development services and our CNC machining capabilities, we’re able to provide unique solutions for our clients.

The CNC machining process is almost completely automated from design to programming to operation. Because BTM’s skilled engineers utilize advanced prototyping software in the design process and seamlessly translate CAD files into CAM and CNC systems, our CNC machining operations are the single most efficient and accurate methods of custom manufacturing.

If you’re ready to work with a reliable, quality, customer-focused manufacturer who can address all of your design and production needs, contact Bowman Tool & Machining. To learn more about our full services and precision-based CNC machining, contact us at (507) 286-1400 or request a quote today.

    

Use of Planetary Pinion Carriers and Their Production Benefits with Precision Machining

Use of Planetary Pinion Carriers and Their Production Benefits with Precision Machining

  Hundreds of years ago, Greek and Roman mathematicians and engineers developed epicyclic gear trains with planetary pinion and gear trajectories. Since then, the highly effective planetary gear systems have remained largely the same, but the technology for manufacturing and assembling these systems has advanced into the state-of-the-art equipment and engineering capabilities we use today. At Bowman Tool & Machining, we utilize a range of tools, machinery, robots, software, and knowledge to design and build planetary pinion carriers. For heavy duty vehicles, agriculture equipment, and more, BTM meets all your needs with custom precision machining.

While the technology for planetary pinion carriers has existed for centuries, there are always opportunities to improve design and production quality. With BTM, you can expect us to always take those opportunities whenever possible. As a contract manufacturer of custom planetary pinion carriers, we strive to innovate and streamline the production process to provide our customers with reliable, precision machined parts on time and with the highest quality.

With BTM precision machining, planetary pinion carriers benefit from our equipment, expertise, software, project management, and 150,000 square foot facility.

Equipment and Software

Our wide range of precision machining equipment, including 40 horizontal and 3 vertical machining centers, 6 horizontal and 5 vertical lathes, 2 specialty lathes, 2 internally integrated automated cells, and comprehensive support equipment, are all controlled to exact degrees of measurement with our calibrated software systems. BTM’s CNC equipment and advanced software is reliable, effective, and high-quality for the precision machining of planetary pinion carriers. With the full use of our custom machining facilities at your service, you can rely on our team to get the job done.

Expertise and Experience

For over 40 years, BTM has provided custom machining services with our fully-equipped facilities nationwide. Today, our experience and practices follow our core principles including attention to detail and a passion to perform. Our expertise in CNC precision machining for planetary pinion carriers and more are supported by the knowledge and skill of our engineers, technicians, and machinists as well as the competence of our management and customer service teams.

Planetary pinion carriers are key components in a wide range of systems from tractors to construction machinery. Don’t waste time with low-quality parts that come fast and cheap. Instead, invest your time and budget in long-lasting parts made with precision and care. Contact Bowman Tool & Machining at (507) 286-1400 to learn more about our services and precision machining capabilities, or request a quote today.

 

Benefits of Choosing Custom Machining in Rochester, MN, for Agricultural Vehicle Parts

Benefits of Choosing Custom Machining in Rochester, MN, for Agricultural Vehicle Parts

At Bowman Tool & Machining, we provide custom machined parts to a range of industries, but a large portion of our work goes to producing parts for agricultural equipment and farm vehicles. One of our specialties is the design, production, and assembly of transmission cases, axles, and pinions for the agriculture equipment industry. Our 150,000 square feet of manufacturing space and wide range of CNC machining centers and additional state-of-the-art equipment provide the facilities we need to manufacture complex custom parts. With weights ranging from 1 to 1,600 pounds in every shape and size, BTM produces quality machine part for agricultural equipment and farm vehicles with advanced custom machining in Rochester, MN.

 Whatever your production project goals may be, BTM will work with you to manufacture even the most complex custom parts, big or small. When you choose to work with BTM, you choose to take advantage of the significant benefits our custom machining shop provides.

 Long-lasting: At BTM, we build our parts to last through the high-stress environments all farm implements are exposed to daily. The strain of hard work that tractors, plows, tillers, planters, harvesters, fertilizer and water spreaders, and all other farm machinery and vehicles experience can cause severe damage to internal custom parts. BTM custom machined parts, including heavy-duty specialized transmission cases, axles, and pinions, are made with quality materials resistant to corrosion or chemical damage and designed to fit perfectly to provide unsurpassed strength and function. 

 No compromise: When you choose to work with BTM for your custom manufacturing project, you get the best with no compromise. No matter what size or shape part you need, our engineering team and machine technicians will work to design, build, and assemble a part that fits your exact specifications. No longer will you need to compromise your product goals to fit existing designs. Additionally, with our facilities and CNC equipment including horizontal and vertical machining centers, lathes, internally integrated automated cells, CMMs, advanced CAD/CAM software, and quality prototyping equipment, you’ll never have to compromise quality for competitive prices.

High-functioning: At BTM, we have over 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing custom parts for suppliers and companies across Minnesota and the surrounding areas. Because of this, our production of custom agriculture machine parts is reliable for seamless integration into customer systems, long-lasting durability, and high-functionality. The heavy-duty work that most farm vehicles and agriculture equipment accomplish each day demands high-functioning, powerful parts, including transmission cases, axles, and pinions that don’t lose their functional integrity.

To learn more about our capabilities for custom machining in Rochester, MN, and our production of agricultural and other machine parts, contact us at (507) 286-1400 today or request a quote online.

 

Engineering Support Software Improves CNC Machining

How Engineering Support Software Improves CNC Machining

For many years now, industrial high-quality machining and tooling couldn’t be accomplished without highly-advanced software and computer controls. That software becomes more intelligent each year, and to survive in this quickly changing field, manufacturing companies must learn to adapt and improve. At Bowman Tool & Machining, we’re committed to supporting innovation in machining, tooling, and custom precision manufacturing without compromising our production capabilities or our customer’s schedules. With our wide range of trusted software programs and engineering support, our production floor whirrs with the power of high-quality precision CNC machining in Rochester, MN.

BTM works with a wide range of highly efficient, advanced software programs to operate with our vertical and horizontal machining centers. This supports our engineering and production process to provide on-time service and reliable parts.

CADKEY: Our CADKEY software is considered one of the classic pioneers in computer-aided design software. With BTM’s Version 2:5.01 program, our engineers work to create a three-dimensional geometric visual design of part components and a fully-assembled part meeting the exact specifications of our customers

Mastercam: Mastercam is a forward-thinking software provider with solutions meeting BTM turning, milling, EDM, and CAD expectations for all our custom manufacturing projects. With their green initiative and versatile products, we feel good about our use of Mastercam software as a part of BTM engineering support.

PC-DNC: The Suburban Machinery Software, INC company has 36 years of experience in developing manufacturing software programs and has worked in the field from its beginnings as a viable solution to computer-controlled production. BTM utilizes wireless 5.0 PC-DNC software for communication on the floor, data gathering and analysis, and by-the-minute machine monitoring.

SOLIDWORKS: Engineering support systems would be lacking without the benefit that SOLIDWORKS software provide. From CAD/CAM to automated machining, their programs give our engineers the support they need from the ground up.

 Micro Estimating: The digital prediction and data analysis that Micro Estimating systems offer means our engineers can access exact numbers and simulated geometry for even the most complex parts. Our use of Micro Estimating software improves accuracy and reliability in design, precision machining, and assembly. 

CAMWorks: Custom manufacturing can meet all customer expectations and more with the software modules that CAMWorks provides. Multi-axis CNC milling, EDM, turning, and more is at your beck-and-call when you choose to work with BTM and our CAMWorks software.

Advanced software programs like these have opened the gates for unparalleled custom manufacturing capabilities, and with the BTM engineering support system, you can expect better products and services. To learn more about how our software promotes quality with CNC machining in Rochester, MN, contact BTM at (507) 286-1400 or request a quote to get started on your custom manufacturing project today.

 

Agriculture and Farm Equipment Development With BTM Precision Machining in Rochester, MN

Agriculture and Farm Equipment Development With BTM Precision Machining in Rochester, MN  

Partnering with Bowman Tool and Machining means that you can expect reliable and quality precision-machined parts for industries that demand highly technical, complex components. We serve a wide range of industries with custom manufactured parts as small as .25 pounds to as large as 1,600 pounds. From tiny components that play a big role in MRI scanning to assembled parts that hold up in heavy machinery, BTM can provide quality custom precision machining in Rochester, MN.

 One of the largest industries BTM serves with precision-machined parts include vehicles and equipment for on and off highway, engine, recreational, and utility purposes. With the rapidly advancing technology involved in this industry, the high-quality, reliable parts BTM manufactures are key in ensuring the safe and effective use of the equipment. Farming in the US, for example, relies on the heavy agricultural equipment and farm vehicles for which BTM plays an important role in the manufacturing process.

 BTM capabilities in manufacturing custom parts and components for agriculture and farm equipment help sustain communities across the country with healthy, safe foods and protect farmers from the dangers of unreliable machinery. By fabricating and assembling high-integrity parts with quality materials, BTM is able to provide dependable, long-lasting components for a wide range of agriculture vehicles and farm equipment including, but not limited to: 

  • Tracked/two-wheel tractors and farm trucks
  • Tillers, ploughs, and irrigation machinery
  • Fertilizing and pesticide spray machinery
  • Automated produce sorting and processing equipment
  • Combines and other harvesters
  • Balers and movers
  • Backhoes and other loading equipment
  • Livestock movers and crop transportation

 From land cultivation to harvesting and processing, BTM provides precision-machined parts for the wide range of equipment needed. Our custom CNC machining operations offer our customers the capabilities of horizontal and vertical machining, horizontal and vertical lathes, specialty spindle tooling, and internally integrated automated cells for the most precise, reliable design and production possible. BTM’s expert engineers and hardworking staff are committed to providing long-term solutions for manufacturing agriculture equipment and a range of additional parts for industries across the U.S.

 For more information about BTM equipment, the industries we serve, and our custom manufacturing with precision machining in Rochester, MN, contact us at (507) 286-1400 or request a quote to start a partnership in excellence today.

 

 

Bowman Tool Quality & Delivery Performance

Bowman Tool Quality & Delivery Performance

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Bowman Tool & Machining had another quarter of strong performance for 1Q 2018. In the areas of quality and delivery, we have exceeded our aggressive targets, and that is what our customers have come to expect. Our delivery performance target is 98% on-time; we have met or exceeded this target for each of the three months. As a matter of fact, for the last two months we were at 100%! Our quality performance target is less than 250 PPM. In the last two months, we were significantly below our target as well and in January we had ZERO defects!

These results are reflective of a very strong and seasoned team. Our machinists average eight years of experience, some have close to 25 years of experience! Our machines are maintained by our onsite maintenance team, who average 17 years of experience. One of our maintenance technicians has over 32 years of experience, all with Bowman Tool. We have a seasoned senior management team also, who average more than 25 years of service in the industry.

Bowman Tool & Machining’s debt is low. We are poised to make investments in the right areas to better serve our customers. Our vision statement is, “To have profitable growth through high customer satisfaction.” We live and act to achieve our vision statement each day.

Go to www.btmcnc.com to check us out further.


 

Maintaining High-Quality Construction Vehicles With CNC Machining

Maintaining High-Quality Construction Vehicles With CNC Machining

Spring and summer are the best times of the year to execute large-scale commercial construction projects, and many companies take advantage of the weather to improve, renovate, build, and maintain their property. However, even in the off-season for construction, maintenance projects are still necessary. Construction is a year-round concern for companies across the U.S. For the majority of projects, a range of construction vehicles are needed to get the job done. Bowman Tool & Machining manufactures complex parts from .12 kg to 725 kg for construction vehicles with advanced CNC machining in.

BTM has over 50 different CNC machines from 500mm to 1000mm capabilities. This includes horizontal and vertical lathes, specialty lathes, and horizontal and vertical CNC machining centers. With our comprehensive CNC facilities, BTM provides parts for construction vehicles designed to perform in several construction areas. 

Roads: Winter or summer, Minnesota roads need constant attention and maintenance for the safety of drivers. BTM manufactures high-quality parts for construction vehicles that provide pavement milling, planing, compacting, rolling, curing, and asphalt laying. We also produce components and parts for highway and road equipment including dump trucks and other dumping gear, cement mixers, and transfer vehicles. 

Excavation: BTM also manufactures parts for digging and excavation vehicles including specialized excavators, power shovels, and more. Our parts are often critical for safe excavation in new projects and land processing. 

Mining: Mining projects like oil drilling and underground tunneling are in progress across rural Minnesota land areas, and BTM provides the parts needed for safe mining construction work. Vehicles like mining tractors, tunnel boring, and underground machines need high-quality, reliable parts to support worker safety.

Demolition: Sometimes buildings need to be completely leveled for new construction projects. BTM manufactures parts for specialized demolition vehicles, trenchers, compactors, cranes, and hydraulic excavators.

Other: Versatile construction vehicles like backhoes, cranes, forklifts, cherry pickers, loaders, trucks, bulldozers, and tractors are important pieces of equipment utilized in most construction projects. BTM manufactures simple to complex parts suitable for high quality construction vehicles that keep workers and civilians safe during construction and after a project is completed.

BTM offers comprehensive parts manufacturing with our capabilities in assembly and CNC machining. For more information about our experience in providing high quality parts for construction vehicles, or to learn more about our services, contact Bowman Tool & Machining at (507) 286-1400 or request a quote today.

Coordinate Measuring Machines and Their Role in Our Custom Machining

Coordinate Measuring Machines and Their Role in Our Custom Machining

Custom manufacturing for any industry relies on the hard work of each engineer, manager, technician, and administrator. This work in turn relies on continuing function of high quality machinery, advanced software, and well-tuned equipment. Bowman Tool & Machining provides innovative custom machining for a range of industries. Our comprehensive services cover every stage of the manufacturing process from prototype design to fabrication to assembly. Each stage of the custom machining and production process utilizes state-of-the-art equipment built on the strong foundation of the knowledge and skill of our team members. 

One of the most important parts of BTM facilities utilized in our custom machining and comprehensive manufacturing services is our coordinate measuring equipment. Our five coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) offer complete geometric form analysis for parts at each stage of production. From piecemeal-machined components to assembled parts, our CMM capabilities provide our team members with the necessary data to maintain quality control every step of the way.

 CMM Functions 

Our CMMs use highly-rated, regularly-updated software and quality-tested machines for form analysis. By processing a series of coordinate points of a part or component on x, y, and z axes, CMMs are able to provide advanced data on the geometry of even the most complex objects. This process can be repeated and provides information to our engineers almost instantly.

 Three-Dimensional Quality Control

The ability to gather reliable computer-generated geometric information about intricate parts and components has vastly improved our custom manufacturing process. BTM takes advantage of the data that advanced software and CMMs provide. Our CMM capabilities act as a quality control system at a three-dimensional level for parts of all shapes and sizes. CMMs offer non-invasive analysis, gathering form data that allows the rapid elimination of structural flaws and providing a practical approach to design. CMM software also serves to sort and organize large files of generated data, streamlining the quality control process for all custom machining and assembly orders.

For more information about our CMMs and software or other equipment, contact Bowman Tool & Machining at (507) 286-1400. If you’re ready to begin work with BTM and benefit from our quality custom machining, request a quote today.

 

Comprehensive Engineering Services

From Prototype to Production, We Offer Comprehensive Engineering Services

Bowman Tool & Machining understands that precision-based manufacturing and assembly demands attention at each stage. The quality of our production process ensures the quality of our products. One of the most important parts of our success in precision machining, tooling, and assembly is creating a viable foundation for production. Building this foundation requires a well-formed, highly capable system for prototype design and fabrication. At BTM, you can count on our expert engineering services to support you, from prototype to production.  

 Successful manufacturing begins with prototype design. At BTM, we provide contract manufacturing from the ground up, including engineering services for comprehensive prototyping.

 Our engineering services take an upwards approach to prototyping with the simple three-step manufacturing process of consultation, design, and creation.

 Consultation: A successful project begins with our understanding of our customer’s needs. Communication between our engineers and clients in the consultation process is key in giving us both a point of departure and a path to follow throughout prototyping a product. Once our engineers understand what the part’s capabilities and tolerances need to be, we can move to the design stage of product planning.  

 Design: At BTM, we can design a prototype with the use of high-tech imaging software, performance simulation, and digital quality control. This provides our engineers with the information they need to build a quality product. Not only do our prototype design abilities and technology act as rapid product analysis and correction, the process as a whole is a critical stage that allows for the realization of an idea and opens the door to production. 

Creation: With prototype designs made to the customer’s exact specifications, the time comes to put those blueprints into construction. Our prototyping teams use a range of fabrication methods, depending on the product, to allow our customers to evaluate a physical part before launching mass-production.

 These three steps of BTM prototyping are a clean, simplistic approach to what is ultimately a complex process. With our state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing technology, experienced team of engineers, and quality materials, you can expect the best with Bowman Tool & Machining when it comes to creating a new product.

 If you’re ready to begin your prototype project, trust the experts at BTM. Contact us at (507) 286-1400 today to schedule your consultation. 

 

New CMM Addition

 

New Addition To Bowman Tool's Quality Lab


Global Advantage CMM

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In our mission to create value for our customers and provide world class CNC machining services, Bowman Tool & Machining recently purchased a new GLOBAL Advantage 122210 CMM which offers the best accuracy and highest dynamics of the entire GLOBAL product line. In addition, this new generation of Advantage provides a high scanning throughput: users can scan up to 35% faster than with models of the previous GLOBAL line. GLOBAL Advantage ensures maximum measurement efficiency and versatility allowing BTM to manufacture consistent high quality products. It is the ideal CMM for even the most demanding measurement applications. (Accuracy: MPEE = from 1.4 + L/333 μm)

GLOBAL Advantage features outstanding accuracy, dynamics and, throughput. The productivity of this CMM has been improved substantially - through optimized motion algorithms, enhanced software and a new electronic controller. This CMM is the perfect tool for the dimensional inspection of mechanical components with tight tolerances, parts with complex geometries and, free-form surfaces such as blades, gears, screw compressors shafts. This will enable the BTM team to continue creating exceptional quality for our core competency of CNC machining.

 

 

 

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Improving Production Quality and Market Efficiency With Robotic Automation

Improving Production Quality and Market Efficiency With Robotic Automation

 

At Bowman Tool & Machining, we continually strive to improve waste reduction, efficiency, quality, and precision in our manufacturing processes. While our experienced engineers, machine technicians, and other team members play a vital role in providing our customers with high quality prototyping, precision machining, and assembly, the equipment we use in manufacturing has always been a crucial component. Today, robotic automation has become an integral part of our production process allowing us to achieve unprecedented accuracy and efficiency. 

Our automated machining cells, including our Haas vertical machining center and horizontal lathe, as well as our Fanuc robots, allow highly efficient, precise production for small parts in large volume orders. This keeps the cost low for our clients without sacrificing quality. 

While BTM currently specializes in large scale, rapid production of precision-based small parts with our robotic automated machining cells, we’re working to expand our production options in this area.

 Expanding our production reach with robotic automation is an important goal of BTM. The capabilities of robotic automated machining cells in manufacturing quality parts with speed and efficiency serves as a rich supplement to our primary precision machining and assembly services.

 Our current production abilities with robotic automation support not only our goals, but our customers’ goals for production and market reach. With robotic automation added to our fundamental production, BTM offers customers the benefits of: 

  1. Rapid manufacturing for large volume orders of small parts without sacrificing quality and precision in the product.
  2. Cost-effective precision machining and reliable assembly.
  3. Stress-free ordering and service throughout the production process.
  4. Fast production-to-market operations with a company you can trust.

 At BTM, we value our robotic automation capabilities for the control, flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency it gives to the production process. 

To learn more about our precision machining, assembly, and robotic automation capabilities, or to request a quote, contact Bowman Tool & Machining at (507) 286-1400 today.

 

Holiday Greeting 2017

WISHING YOU A JOYFUL

HOLIDASEASON AND

A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

FROM THE BOWMAN TOOL & MACHINING FAMILY


 

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