Pentaflex’s President, David Arndt is Elected Second Vice Chairman for PMA

The Precision Metal Forming Association (PMA) has elected,Dave Arndt  Pentaflex’s very own president, David Arndt into its three year rotational Chairman process.   As a long time member David has seen the work that has made this organization successful and is thrilled to contribute towards its progress.   David looks forward to collaborating with the board and the organization’s members to propel this full-service trade association even further.

PMA ASSOCIATIONPMA mission is to create an environment where those involved in the metal forming industry can turn to for the best industry insight, networking events, and community for valuable connections.  PMA’s purpose is to join and connect leaders with other like-minded individuals or companies within the metal forming industry.  Overall, the entire industry benefits.

As president to Pentaflex, David is no stranger to being a leader, encouraging others, and pushing the limits to achieve success. The values of PMA is one in the same as David’s and he is happy to play a major role in this dedicated association.

If you would like more information on how to join PMA or have a company that may benefit, please visit the PMA website.

Overview of Trailers and Features

Truck trailers depend on the manufacturer and load requirements and state roadway regulations. It is always important to check state regulations and guidelines.

Standard Freight Trailer
The Standard Freight Trailers are commonly used for carrying in most freights. They are classified as either boxed, crated, or palletized. This is a dry van and some features may include Screwed in wood floors, ETrack, lift gates, vented trailers, plate trailer, roll up doors or swing doors.
Common lengths : 28′, 32′, 36′, 4-‘, 42′, 43′, 45′, 48′, 53′
Common Widths: 96”-102”
Common Heights: 12.5′-13.5′
Weight: 48.000 Lbs

Reefer Truck Trailer
Reefer Truck Trailer are used when good need to be refrigerated. A fuel tank and refrigeration unit are directly outside of the trailer. These units are usually found at the front of the trailer. Usually Reefer trailers include eTrack, produce chutes, downloadable T.R.U., roll up doors or swing doors.
Common Lengths: 28′,32′,36′,40′,48′,53′
Common Widths: 96”-102”
Common Heights: 12.5-13.5′

Flat Bed Trailer
Flat Bed Trailers are designed to hold oversized cargo. These oversized materials are loaded either through the top or side of the trailer.
Common Lengths: 26′,40′,42′,45′,48′
Gooseneck Trailer or Dropdeck Flatbed
Specially oversized cargo are used on the gooseneck trailer. It has a two level tandem to accommodate heavy, oversized materials.
Common Lengths: 40′,42′,45′,48′

Lowboy Trailer
A typical lowboy trailer Is extremely low compared to other trailers, has a two drops in deck height, one before the tires, and one after the gooseneck and they are much longer in deck length. They usually haul heavy equipment like bulldozers or other industrial machinery. Their neck is arched so when lowered it becomes a ramp allowing equipment to be pulled on and off.
Common Lengths: 10-29”
Common Width: 8”
Common Height: 9-12”

Although, there are numerous types of trailers with different features for hauling all kinds of materials one thing is for certain they all have Pentaflex components within them to make them safe and successful. Commonly Pentaflex manufactures brake, axle, and other gage metal parts necessary. If you need a part for your trailer, don’t hesitate to speak with us on our expertise in manufacturing quality parts for the heavy trucking industry.

Expanding the Pentaflex Team – and the American Workforce

At Pentaflex, we pride ourselves on our dedicated team to which we know are the backbone to making us a great success. Recently, we took on two bright, eager, driven summer interns, and we’re happy to welcome them. Carissa Myers and Joseph Lacey are excellent examples of how we bring in young people from our community who want to learn and grow and make a difference in the American workforce.

Carissa is a senior at Southeastern High School, and Joseph just graduated from Kenton Ridge High School this past May. They both came to us through our partnership with the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED program, which organizes summer internship opportunities for high school students in Clark County who are looking for hands-on experiences with local businesses.

Students who wish to participate in the program must submit an application prior to acceptance, and once accepted, they undergo several training programs, which help them develop their soft skills and safety awareness. Once the training is complete, they are then interviewed by businesses like ours.

We are proud to participate in this exceptional program, helping to develop the next generation of the manufacturing workforce, including participants like Carissa and Joseph. They will both be working for our engineer, Bob Mayberry, helping to analyze setup time reduction, 6s activities, design of experiment programs, and ppap data collection.

We’re very happy to welcome them to our family for the summer, and look forward to providing them with an educational opportunity that will surely make a difference for their future.

Celebrating the Extraordinary Women of the Pentaflex Community

A company is only as good as the people it employs; great products and service don’t exist without great people.

At Pentaflex, we know this well—and we’re more than a little proud of the 100+ team members who have made us who we are. We like to celebrate them all, individually and as a group.

Recently, we chose to celebrate the contributions extraordinary women make and have made to our company and our industry.

This is why we recently sponsored the Springfield Foundation’s Extraordinary Women’s luncheon. This event was organized by the Women’s Partnership Fund, an affiliate of the Springfield Foundation.

 

Chairwoman of the Partnership Fund, Cathy Crompton called it an “uplifting, powerful event.” Over 300 guests attended the luncheon to celebrate the hard work and commitment of women and their invaluable contribution to the community.

It was also a chance to focus on the importance of encouraging young women to pursue personal and professional success in any field that interests them, regardless of traditional gender roles, stereotypes, or norms. The message was certainly clear- young women should be encouraged to fulfill their dreams regardless of cultural stereotypes. After all, there are many opportunities out there in fields that are not “typically” filled with females—including manufacturing—and there’s no reason why more women can’t benefit from them.

In attendance from Pentaflex were David Arndt, our President, Julie McGregor, our owner, Ross McGregor, Executive Vice President, and Debbie Kidd, our accounting whiz, and Laura Ark, Customer Service representative. Each thrilled and delighted to celebrate the cause and message on which Pentaflex embraces.

Everyone who makes Pentaflex so successful is indeed extraordinary. The women who make us and our community so great are certainly no exception, and it was an honor to celebrate them.

3 Ways We Continue to Grow and Improve

How do you stay ahead of the competition in manufacturing, moving successfully forward without missing a beat? We believe it’s through continuous improvement—in fact, it’s built right into our mission. We always aim to exceed requirements and expectations by improving constantly and adding new methods of success all the time.

We’ve recently done just that, and we have several new additions that are keeping us on our toes.

First, we’re proud and excited to welcome Laura Ark to our team, as our new Customer Service Representative. Laura is a Springfield native and a graduate of Akron University, and she comes to us with ten years of customer service experience.

As the main point of contact for our customers, Laura’s primary responsibility is to remind us daily why we are here: to deliver the highest quality products on time. So far, she’s doing an excellent job of it. When not keeping us in line, Laura enjoys spending time with her daughter, playing tennis, and the occasional road trip. We’re thrilled to have her on board.

Our next addition might not have the personality of Laura, but is exciting nonetheless. We’ve installed a new Aida 694-ton servo press, and in the short time since we began using it we have already experienced increased productivity. We look forward to fully utilizing all of the technological advances that a servo press offers. We’re confident our clients will immediately see the benefits.

Last but certainly not least, we are very excited to announce our plans for expansion, which over the next three years will yield an additional 20,000 square feet and 40 new jobs.

According to our President and CEO, David Arndt, “The $4 million expansion in Clark County will facilitate our continued growth with a 20,000 square foot expansion and the addition of a large bed, 1600 ton mechanical press line. The addition will accommodate further assembly operations, inventory storage and anticipated future stamping requirements.”

Along with the addition of our new Aida servo press lines and new team members such as Laura, this expansion serves as the perfect representation of our commitment to continuous improvement.

Our facilities, our team, our products and services, and our community will all benefit from these improvements, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Honored and Proud to Receive a Meritor Supplier Partner Award

At Pentaflex, we like to say that our parts and products drive the industry. Our mission is to be more than a supplier of quality services and components but to also to exceed expectations, maintain long-lasting relationships, and be a true partner in our customers’ success.

Of course, we don’t do this for the recognition—but when we are recognized for achieving these goals, we’re always proud and grateful.

Therefore, we’re excited to announce that we were recently recognized by Meritor, Inc. in their first ever Supplier Partner Awards, which took place at their headquarters on February 25, 2015.

As one of the companies who received this prestigious award, we’re so happy to see that our goal of being a partner in success was achieved. The award was presented to recognize excellence in quality, innovation, delivery, and cost savings, and was based on the relationship we’ve forged with Meritor.

Our “commitment to excellence,” according to Meritor’s VP and Chief Procurement Officer, Rob Speed, “contributes to [their] specific goal of meeting and exceeding the expectations of customers and further strengthens Meritor’s business.”

And coming from a company as successful and impressive as Meritor, that means a lot. After all, they are a leading global supplier in the commercial and industrial vehicle markets, with a 100+-year history of excellence, and are recognized throughout the world for their superiority.

To be recognized by Meritor for our quality and our role in their success is extremely meaningful to us, and we’re thrilled to be a part of such an elite group. We’d like to thank Meritor for this award, and we will continue to strive for excellence and perfection, bringing Meritor and all of our clients the quality and innovation they require.

Recap Of FABTECH 2014

Pentaflex management team attended the 2014 FABTECH conference and exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was attended by 30,000 attendees involved with metalforming, welding, assembly, and coating operations. There were 1500 exhibitors displaying equipment and services at Georgia World Congress Center in the 550,000 square feet of space.

The FabTech show was used to introduce the winners of the Precision Metalforming 2014 Manufacturing Excellence awards. For the second year in a row, Pentaflex was selected as the winner for awards in two of the seven categories. Pentaflex won the awards for Safety and Education-Training. Press releases, articles in the Metalforming Magazine, videos on the PMA website, and recognition in the PMA booth at the FABTECH show discussed the Pentaflex awards.   The videos which detail the actions that Pentaflex took to achieve the awards are a new feature to the awards process and present a great picture of the Pentaflex business.   Pictures from the PMA awards ceremony and the Awards of Excellence display at the FABTECH show are shown below.fabtechpic fabtechpic1

As always, FABTECH delivered a great opportunity for manufacturers from the U.S. and 70 other countries to see new technology, attend educational seminars, and network with peers. Manufacturers were exposed to keynote presentatons from senior executives about on-shoring and given insights on the future of US manufacturing. In addition, in honor of Veterans day, there were special events honoring veterans and an emphasis on connecting organizations that sponsor matching veterans with manufacturers for job opportunities. FABTECH attendees and exhibitors also raised more than $10,000 thru FABTECH Expo Cares program to benefit Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training, certifying, and placing veterans in manufacturing careers.

Manufacturing Day 2014 Recap: Another Home Run!

Manufacturing Day, recently celebrated on October 3, was a truly successful day for American manufacturers throughout the country. In its third year, it saw over 100,000 attendees and was even cited by the White House as the “method for securing a talent pipeline in manufacturing.”*

The overall goal of the day was to get manufacturers to open their doors, showcase the mfgday14 great work they do and their impact on their communities, and get young people interested and excited. Personally, we can say that it was a great success.

Along with over 1,600 other companies nationwide, we actively participated in Manufacturing Day, opening our doors to students and teachers from three area high schools. 18 students from Northwestern High School, 18 students from Springfield High School, and 39 students from Clark County CTC visited us and got firsthand knowledge and hands-on participation.

It began with an introductory speech by our President, Dave Arndt, who spoke about manufacturing technology and growth opportunities throughout Southwest Ohio. He presented a five-minute video history of manufacturing and stamping in the auto industry, which the students showed great interest in.

Next, the students were given a tour of the Pentaflex facilities, with a hands-on opportunity to see stamping and welding in action, including our new 300T servo press drive, featuring the latest technology.

mfgday14-2After the shop tour, Ross McGregor talked about opportunities at Pentaflex offering exciting positions with plenty of growth. Each student was given a flash drive showing manufacturing at Pentaflex, which they could bring home with them and show their family and friends what they had seen and learned.

While we could see the interest on their faces and were able to experience their excitement, we think the actual words of the students are proof of the day’s success. This is what we received from one school, signed by all of the students: “Thank you so much for the wonderful field trip on Manufacturing Day! We really enjoyed touring the plant, and we appreciate the time you took to teach us about Pentaflex and the manufacturing industry…We are looking forward to working with you in the future!”

We are looking forward to it as well.

*http://www.mfgday.com/

Why is Deep Drawing So Popular?

When you think about metal forming, it is not a surprise when deep drawing is the first thing that comes to mind. As the most popular of the metal forming methods, deep drawing is a great way to form metal sheets into just about any shape. So why is it so widely used? Why is deep drawing often the preferred method of metal forming especially when the depth of item matches or exceeds its radius? Once you get to know the deep drawing process, it will make complete sense.

The General Process

It all begins with the ubiquitous metal blank. You start with a single blank and a metal die; jobshopfrom there, it is really up to your imagination and the amount of pressure you apply. While this sounds like your average metal stamping process, it is different in that deep drawing offers the ability to create products deeper than regular metal stamping. There are some limitations, like radial drawing stress and tangential compressive stress causing wrinkling, fracturing, and cracking. However there have been improvements in recent years and the addition of a number of new processes including hydroforming, aquadrawing, hydro-mechanical deep drawing, hydraulic deep drawing, the Guerin process, and the Marform process have removed some of these risks.

Applications

While this list is far reaching, deep drawing is used in the creation of products of all shapes and sizes including,

  • Electronics relays
  • Solenoids
  • Assembly housings
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cookware
  • Kitchen sinks

Cost Benefits of Deep Drawing

Deep drawing can and often does lower your costs. This is especially true when you are producing a product in high volumes. Once you lock down your tooling and dies, the deep drawing process moves forward with little downtime. On top of this, tool construction costs are usually lower than other processes. The only draw back is that, like most manufacturing projects, when the complexity increases so does the cost.

End Product Benefits

If you are looking to create a product that requires strength and minimal weight, especially a cylindrical object, deep drawing is the perfect choice. It is also the way to go if your project demands,

  • Seamless parts
  • Rapid cycle times
  • Complex axi-symmetric geometries
  • Reduced technical labor

Of course, there are many other benefits and some limitations to deep drawing. To find out if deep drawing is right for you, we suggest contacting us. Our metal forming experts, combined with our outstanding selection of equipment, makes Pentaflex a perfect place for your next deep drawing project!

 

Reference:

http://pentaflex.com/

http://pentaflex.com/capabilities/equipment

 

 

 

 

Sales of the Servo-Driven Press are on the Upswing – Have You Kept Up?

Mechanical presses still dominate the manufacturing industry and stamping press market, but according to a capital equipment survey from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl., the servo-driven press is coming on strong. Spending projections on servo presses for 2013 were nearly triple of the previous year.

Instead of a flywheel, main motor, and clutch, a servo press uses a servomotor that basically makes the slide a controllable axis. In the last 3 years, for example, press-makers have come up with a variety of types, but whatever the specific design, the servo press is able to overcome issues associated with flywheel-clutch mechanical presses.

In a traditional mechanical press, energy is delivered from the flywheel through a clutch, down the connecting rods, which drive the ram that produces maximum tonnage at some point above bottom dead center. The main drive motor then has to speed up the flywheel again before the tool hits the material. Therefore, the mechanical press stroke must be a certain speed, because the minimized speed of the flywheel won’t be able to provide enough energy to produce the needed force to cut through and form the metal. A press with a servomotor, however, can deliver maximum torque at any speed.

With the push toward high-strength-to-weight metal ratios, engineers have become creative with the servo press’s forming capabilities. It comes down to the ability to control slide position and velocity—within microns. With the control of the forming stroke comes control of speed, velocity… plus performance and efficiency.

So while traditional mechanical presses remain dominant in industry for now, sales of servo presses continue to make headway into the market. Controlling the press stroke has many advantages, and during recent years, many smaller-tonnage servo presses have started serving aerospace, defense, and other high-tech sectors.