Ocean Avenger Repairs a Bulldozer

So, what do you do if a bulldozer has an untimely contact with a tree that destroys a vital ventilation screen?

Simple really, contact a steel fabricator that has an Avenger drill line! This is what happened to one of great customers, Gary Hobbs of GH engineering in Palmerstone New Zealand.

Damaged bulldozer screen

Damaged bulldozer ventilation screen

Gary looked at the original screen and said, “yeah mate, we can do this”, and put a 16mm thick steel plate on the Avenger table and let this versatile machine work its magic. Because the Avenger would have to drill more than 840 holes  each 26mm (1”) in diameter, Gary reduced the feed rate of the machine, so as not to overheat the hydraulic fluid that would be continuously working,

Despite the reduced feed rate, his Avenger still completed this unusual job in only 2hours and 12 minutes, proving yet again just how versatile this amazing machine is.

We love seeing these great stories and inventive uses of our Ocean Avenger, so if you have an interesting story or project, please send them to us – email to info@oceanmachinery.com

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The versatile Ocean Avenger making replacement ventilation screen

 

 

 

Ocean Machinery races up front in the 2018 SCCA Majors at Homestead Miami Speedway

The 2018 SCCA season opened this past weekend at the Homestead Miami Speedway with the first Majors event of the year. More than 300 drivers from around the country attended to compete in more than 20 classes including both open and closed wheel cars. Ocean Machinery’s VP, Danny Steyn was there to compete in two classes, Spec Miata and Super Touring Lite.

SPEC MIATA features identical Mazda Miata’s from 1990 to 2005, all built to a very stringent list of specifications and balanced with weights and restrictor plates, and is considered the best closed wheel driver development class in SCCA. Spec Miata cars make around 125HP and run at around 2400lbs and since they lack huge amounts of power, they are momentum cars where maintaining maximum speed through turns and not scrubbing off speed converts to speed at the end of the straight which wins races.

Since the cars are so equal, driver’s skill and strategy plays the deciding role, and at tracks like Homestead which feature long straights, bump drafting between team mates to move forward is a critical part of racing.

In the Spec Miata field of 37 drivers, Steyn qualified in 6th place and ran up front in both races, finishing 6th in Race 1, and 5th in Race 2 in the Adept Studios Spec Miata.

Steyn’s Adept Studios Spec Miata

SUPER TOURING LITE is a more advanced class, that allows significant engine work as well as limited aerodynamic enhancements, and Ocean Machinery’s Mazda MX-5 produces 210HP but races at 2750lbs, and this balances it with the other marques of cars on the track.

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Ocean Machinery’s VP, Danny Steyn with his Super Touring Lite Mazda Miata MX-5.

In the cool conditions, Steyn qualified his Ocean Machinery Mazda MX-5 on the STL pole for both races, well under his own lap record. In Race 1, Steyn raced up front and built a sizeable lead until his clutch failed and the resulting slow shifts allowed Nick Leverone to pass him on the last lap. Leverone finished 1st with Steyn 2nd. In Sunday’s Race 2, Steyn pulled away to a very commanding lead before his gauges failed, and he shut everything down to protect the engine. Despite the final results, the early pace is encouraging for the 2018 season.

The Ocean Machinery Mazda MX5 car will be competing at the following SCCA Majors / Super Tour events in 2018:

  • February 2-4: Circuit of the Americas; Austin, Texas – Hoosier SCCA Super Tour
  • March 3-4: NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, Louisiana  – Hoosier SCCA Super Tour
  • March 17-18: Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia  – SCCA Majors
  • April 13-15: Virginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia  – Hoosier SCCA Super Tour
  • June 15-17: Road America; Plymouth, Wisconsin  (June Sprints) – Hoosier SCCA Super Tour
  • June 22-24: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York – Hoosier SCCA Super Tour

 

 

Ocean Avenger improves production at Invo Stahlbau in Namibia

 

The extensive desert landscape that is typical of Namibia

The extensive desert landscape that is typical of Namibia

Namibia is a large country, mostly desert with a small population. Colonized by the Germans in the late 19th century, Namibia became independent in 1990 and has been undergoing a transformation ever since.

One of our structural steel customer, INVO Stahlbau, located in Windhoek, owned and operated by Ingo Ahrens and ably assisted by right hand man Harmut Aring, made the investment in their future by stepping into the world of CNC production with the Avenger CNC drill line, almost exactly 12 months ago.

Ingo Ahrens and his Avenger operators Oscar Kayoka and David Shadindi, along with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool.

Ingo Ahrens and his Avenger operators Oscar Kayoka and David Shadindi, along with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool.

When I asked Ingo whether the Avenger had improved his life, he responded with a smile, recalling the amount of time his beam work used to take him compared to how long it takes now, with the Avenger flying through his beams, cleats and plates.

Typical portal steel rafters with connection plates and purlin cleats, all processed on the Ocean Avenger at Invo Stahlbau, Windhoek Namibia

Typical portal steel rafters with connection plates and purlin cleats, all processed on the Ocean Avenger at Invo Stahlbau, Windhoek Namibia

While I watched, his two Avenger operators, Oscar Kayoka and David Shadindi were running a multi-part of angle cleats, drilling and marking multiple cleats prior to cutting them to length with the new bandsaw that they have since implemented.

The Avenger has impacted their production so profoundly that they have also invested in a CNC plate plasma machine.  We are proud to be a partner with Invo Stahlbau in this new phase of their journey in the world of structural steel fabrication.

Typical portal steel rafters with connection plates and purlin cleats, all processed on the Ocean Avenger at Invo Stahlbau, Windhoek Namibia

Typical portal steel rafters with connection plates and purlin cleats, all processed on the Ocean Avenger at Invo Stahlbau, Windhoek Namibia

Typical portal steel rafters with connection plates and purlin cleats, all processed on the Ocean Avenger at Invo Stahlbau, Windhoek Namibia

Typical portal steel rafters with connection plates and purlin cleats, all processed on the Ocean Avenger at Invo Stahlbau, Windhoek Namibia

Welcome to Zimbabwe – prepare to be entertained and educated!

 

Welcome to Zimbabwe - Joshua Nkomo International Airport Bulawayo

Welcome to Zimbabwe – Joshua Nkomo International Airport Bulawayo

One of the most valuable things you can do in this journey through life is continually challenge your assumptions and beliefs. Preconceptions are such dangerous things and we are all prone to them, myself included. To many, the African continent is considered a 3rd world economy and with it follow a whole host of prejudices, judgments and mindsets about what you are likely to see there.

Well I have news for you all. Soon you will be joining Ocean on a safari pilgrimage to Southern Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular, not only to see the abundant African wildlife in its beautiful natural habitat, but also to see how industrious and ingenious the local fabricators are when tackling their daily production.

Enter Eugene and Agnes Jackson, two of the loveliest, most welcoming people you will ever meet anywhere in the world. Both are local Zimbabweans and have embarked on an amazing journey in steel fabrication, overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles and setting even more improbable targets. But Eugene and Agnes are fueled by a vision of what IS possible.

Fifteen years ago, after the birth of their son, Eugene decided he wanted to start his own steel merchant business in the town of Bulawayo, population 800,000. He started, like most of our customers, renting modest facilities, in their case a 2,000 sqft building. As he progressed and secured more work, he extended the building, eventually outgrowing it completely as he added more manufacturing products to his line.

Eugene Jackson (left) - founder of Pump and Steel Supplies, along with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool in the original 2,000sqft building where the journey started

Eugene Jackson (left) – founder of Pump and Steel Supplies, along with Ray Chellew of Skok Machine Tool in the original 2,000sqft building where the journey started

As a fabricator in a small town, Eugene knew he had to be versatile, and while his core business originated with structural fabrication, he started to diversify and manufacture door and window frames and a whole host of metal products that he could supply throughout the country, through distribution.

Four years ago, despite many of his colleagues calling him completely insane, Eugene rented a dilapidated 200,000 sqft building with 5 long 330ft x 75ft bays, almost 100 times the size of his original premises. His crew rehabilitated the building, adding cranes and installing a whole host of equipment.

Today Pump and Steel Supplies is a 300-employee behemoth, manufacturing an entire range of steel products, supplying the building, mining and retail trades. Within the current local business climate, forex is tough to obtain, so they have built their business mostly on the back of ingenuity, dedication, hard work and a range of used equipment.

They utilize several hundred machines of all types, from rolls, to press brakes, ironworkers, punches, radial arm drills, and more recently CNC machining centers. Their machines are impeccably maintained by maintenance manager Ndabezinhle Mhlanga and his team. The machines are spotlessly clean despite their high utilization, and when you enter the premises, you are instantly accosted by the wonderful sound of money being made.

Pump and Steel Supplies - Building Products Division

Pump and Steel Supplies – Building Products Division

Pump and Steel Supplies - CNC Machining Centers

Pump and Steel Supplies – CNC Machining Centers

The production processes are overseen by two bright young Zimbabwean industrial engineers, Melusi Ndlovu (Production Manager) and Adrian Mtyida (Contracts Manager) who utilize time and motion study methods to optimize the flow between machines to the extent that it looks like a beautiful choreographed dance! Just watch the video below.

In all my years of traveling amongst thousands of fabricators worldwide, I finally found production nirvana, and it lives in a small town called Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Talk about shattering all preconceptions. I feel privileged to have met Eugene and Agnes, people with whom I will be friends for life. The next chapter of their story is about to be written and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds.

Danny Steyn, VP Ocean Machinery

Pump and Steel Supplies - Roofing Material Division

Pump and Steel Supplies – Roofing Material Division

Pump and Steel Supplies - Building Products Division

Pump and Steel Supplies – Building Products Division

More than 2,000 holes per sharpening on Ocean Penetrator drill bits at Cousins Steel in South Africa

It is always gratifying to visit our customers who have embraced our CNC solutions and have carved out a successful place for themselves in the competitive world of steel fabrication.

Danny Steyn with Cousins Steel machining specialist Jody de Bruin

Danny Steyn with Cousins Steel machining specialist Jody de Bruin

On a recent trip to South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, Ocean Machinery’s Vice President, Danny Steyn met with several customers including Cousins Steel who is one of the premier Kwazulu-Natal based steel fabricators located in Pietermaritzburg.

Cousins Steel implemented the Ocean Avenger and Ocean Clipper CNC solutions in 2011, and it was pleasing to see just how well the machines are maintained, despite the heavy usage.

Ocean Clipper, Cousins Steel - South Africa

Ocean Clipper – Cousins Steel, South Africa

Cousins Steel’s machining specialist Jody de Bruin, who meticulously maintains and operates the machines proudly showed us the Avenger, Clipper and Rejuvenator drill grinder. Steyn remarked to De Bruin that it was possibly the cleanest and best maintained drill sharpener that he had seen in almost a thousand installations.

When Steyn asked De Bruin how the Avenger had been performing he replied that apart from one recent valve issue, the machine has performed flawlessly for over 6 years, and stated that he was getting over 2,000 holes per sharpening on the standard Ocean Penetrator Drill Bits.

Cousins Steel - South Africa

Cousins Steel, South Africa

These are the stories that we love to share with our customers, dealers and prospects. Nothing makes us more proud than to see machines working hard in our customer’s shops.

 

 

 

Step-by-Step Integration of Ocean Products

Integration of the Ocean Terminator Saw with the Avenger Drill Line

Integration of the Ocean Terminator Saw with the Avenger Drill Line

All Ocean products are designed to be fully-functional stand-alone machines that exhibit amazing productivity and versatility in their own right, and are designed to fit into very compact spaces since most of our customers are pressed for space.  However, they are also fully capable of being integrated into fully-functional systems for those customers who have the space to implement them.  This can be done at any time in a step-by-step approach as needs require and as funds become available.

We are finding more and more customers using the Avenger (and Avenger PLUS) drill line to not only drill and layout their beams, but also to measure the beam for cutting to length and coping.  We often see our machines in a system layout where the Avenger drills, lays out and measures, and the Terminator cuts to length.

Ocean Liberator integrated with Avenger Drill Line

Ocean Liberator integrated with Avenger Drill Line

But for those customers who have a significant percentage of their work that also needs to be coped, an Avenger or Avenger PLUS in tandem with the Liberator CNC Coper is even more versatile.  These customers use the drill line to place the location reference marks and then use the Liberator to not only cope the beams, but also to cut to length.

Just outside Fresno in Northern California, Steve Bradford of Bradford Steel started off with an Avenger and then subsequently added a Liberator to cope and cut to length.  He installed cross transfers to facilitate loading the Avenger and added idler rollers to the drill table, making it easier to feed the beams into the coper.  His future plans include additional cross transfers integrated with the outfeed of the Liberator to further speed up production, and the integration of an Ocean Blaster to further reduce costs and improve profitability.

Material handling integrated with Avenger Drill Line

Material handling integrated with Avenger Drill Line

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Ocean Machinery provides full CAD layout drawings of an entire system in your location, showing you how the various products can all be integrated in the future.  This step-by-step modular approach to machine integration means that you never have to invest too much at one time; just add machines as needed.

Call us today toll free at 1-800-286-3624 or at 1-954-956-3131. We look forward to helping you create a customized fully functional integrated system for your shop.

 

 

UPDATED: Ocean Machinery races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

UPDATE 9/26/17:
Ocean Machinery is this close to the #1 pole position

It hasn’t been clear sailing for the Ocean Machinery #9 car, as they have battled with an engine miss over the weekend, a burst water hose in the final test session, and gearbox failures during both of the cars 1st place qualifying sessions.

The Ocean Machinery car is ready for Indy

The Ocean Machinery car is ready for Indy

Speaking with driver Danny Steyn earlier, he said “The track at Indianapolis is ideal for my style of driving” – which is evident with his 1st place qualifying times 2 days in a row.

There are 2 more days of qualifying before the best average time over the 4 days will decide the pole sitter for Saturday’s STL race. On paper things are looking great for the Ocean Machinery sponsored Mazda MX-5, but there is still a long road and as Steyn stated “a long night ahead trying to sort out the problems”.

CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR MORE UPDATES AS WE GET THEM!

You can also follow the action as it happens here >> LISTEN LIVE

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Ocean Machinery SCCA sponsored car

Ocean Machinery’s SCCA sponsored car

Ocean Machinery is proud to announce the famous Ocean Machinery Blue and Orange livery will be showcased on the Mazda MX-5, driven by Danny Steyn, in the Super Touring Lite (STL) class at the SCCA Runoffs on Saturday September 30th in Indianapolis. The car also proudly displays the famous Peddinghaus logo, Ocean Machinery’s most important business partner.

The famous bricks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The iconic bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Start/Finish line

As the premier event for Club Road Racing in the USA, the SCCA Runoffs travel to a different track around the country each year. For 2017, the Runoffs will take place at one of the world’s most iconic tracks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. More than a thousand competitors have registered for this year’s event, smashing all previous records.

ABOUT OUR DRIVER

After racing motocross in his youth, Steyn has been racing cars for the past ten years, winning multiple road racing championships in the Spec Miata class, a class in which he will again contend at the Runoffs. Limited to the first 3 generations of Miata’s (1990-2003), and equalized in performance by weight and restrictor plates, the Spec Miata class is one of the most competitive classes in all of club racing. This year 88 Spec Miata drivers have entered the Runoffs.

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Not content with just Spec Miata, this year Steyn has put his efforts into the higher performance, Super Touring Lite class. This class is open to all manufacturers, and features fully built race engines with capacity of less than two liters, all highly tuned under more liberal specifications, and allowing for aerodynamic aids such as front splitters and rear wings. In a class that has been dominated by Honda’s in the past, there are several Mazda drivers, including Steyn who are hoping to bring that to an end at Indy!

Ocean Machinery logo on helmet

The SCCA Runoffs run for a full 10 days to accommodate the 26 race classes, and start with testing sessions on Saturday 23rd  and Sunday 24th , and continue with four qualifying sessions Monday 25th  through Thursday 28th to set the grid for the final Runoffs races

WATCH ALL THE ACTION LIVE…

  • The Spec Miata feature race takes place on Friday 29th at 11:45am.
  • The STL feature race takes place at 1.30pm on Saturday 30th.
    – All races will be streamed live at www.scca.com/live .
    – You can also follow all races at www.race-monitor.com/Live/Section/7 .

 

 

 

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: J&C Steel Fabricators

One of Ocean’s newest Avenger Drill Line customers, J&C Steel Fabricators, in Brooklyn, New York, is extremely pleased with what the Avenger Drill Line can do. It has also drastically lowered production costs, minimized shop floor errors and shown an immediate return on their investment.

J&C Steel Fabricators

Cesar Velesaca, President J&C Steel Fabricators (center) with members of his crew and Tom Doyle of Doyle Structural Solutions

They neatly placed their machine against the wall where the steel supply truck backs into the bay to unload parallel to the Avenger.

Avenger Drill Line

Avenger Drill Line positioned so trucks can unload parallel to table

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The position of the Avenger makes loading and unloading on the truck easy

Avenger Drilled Beams

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Can your Beam Line do this? – Drilling Pre-Welded Assemblies

one of our Avenger PLUS customers drilling this large pre-welded assembly.

One of our Avenger PLUS customers drilling a large pre-welded assembly.

There are situations that occur in fabrication that necessitate the pre-welding of an assembly and then the subsequent drilling of that assembly. This is normally due to one or more concerns that if the holes are drilled prior to welding, that:

  1. The contraction and distortion of the material as it cools down from welding, might cause the hole-to-hole accuracy to be compromised, and
  2. The actual welding of the pre-drilled components might not be perfectly aligned, thus compromising the hole-to-hole accuracy

The Avenger and Avenger PLUS machines, by virtue of the static work-piece and moving processing column, allow fabricators to position and drill pre-welded structures on their machines.

This is not something that you can even consider on a typical multi-spindle drill line or coping robot.

We would love to see other photos of our customers drilling pre-welded assemblies – please email them to greg@oceanmachinery.com

 

 

Stop coping by hand and become more PROFITABLE!

These days it is almost impossible to be competitive using a slow manual approach to fabricating, especially when manually measuring & laying out copes, then burning them by hand. Plus there is additional grinding and cleaning of the cope adding additional costs to the process.

This means you have way too many man-hours in each cut or cope. What you really need is a more economical, and more accurate solution that does your coping and notching cleaner and much faster, ensuring you make a larger margin on your bids.

Learn how the Ocean Liberator can make you MONEY by coping your pieces significantly faster and cheaper than doing it by hand or with a robotic plasma coper.