CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Standley Batch Systems

Standley Batch Systems in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a leader in design and fabrication of concrete batch processing automation systems for new and existing plants, including conveying systems, storage bins and silos.

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Robert Holzum, Salesman and, Scott, their Operator, beside their Avenger Drill Line installed in 2014

The Avenger Drill was installed in 2014 and production has benefited from improvements in layout and drilling  times, as well as more accurate field installations and fit-up.  In the photos below they demonstrate their custom modification; air-actuated pistons which assist in moving the profile to the Avenger’s datum line for processing.

Air-actuated pistons

Air-actuated pistons assist in moving the profile to the Avenger’s datum line

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Air-actuated piston

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CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Industrias Metalicas Caribe, SRL

It is always so gratifying to see the success of our customers. One of our more unusual customers is Industrias Metalicas Caribe, SRL, known as Indumeca, who is based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Indumeca started out life as a manufacturer of propane and natural-gas cylinders, but in a very short time has become one of the top structural steel fabricators in the Caribbean Islands.

Tonnage has increased 10x in less than 2 years

Tonnage has increased 10x in less than 2 years

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Indumeca – one of the top structural steel fabricators in the Caribbean Islands

After the acquisition of multiple Ocean products, including two Avenger 40 drill lines, a Clipper angle line, a Liberator beam coper and a Terminator band saw, Indumeca has seen their fabricated output tonnage increase by more than ten time in less than two years.

With the Ocean equipment, they still have the capacity to double their current tonnage, and are aiming to become the top structural steel fabricator in the Caribbean islands.

Ocean Avenger at Indumeca

2 Ocean Avengers, a Liberator & a Terminator keeps this shop producing

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Streamlined shop floor allows for higher output

Ocean Clipper

Ocean Clipper

Ing. Enrique Ureña, founder and owner of Indumeca, explains how the purchase of the two Ocean Avengers allowed them to allocate all their plates and other profiles on one Avenger, and all their beams and columns to the other Avenger. Moreover the machines have never let him down. The trend in the Caribbean islands is to move away from anything other than drilled holes.  >>Watch Video Below

Peddinghaus and Ocean rebuild Christchurch

The 22nd of Feb 2011 was a terrifying day in Christchurch New Zealand. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake decimated the city, killing 185 people and destroying over 170,000 buildings.

Following the earthquake, and eleven months of more than four hundred 4.5 magnitude and higher aftershocks, the former picturesque city of Christchurch was no more. Most of the buildings in the city center collapsed, and those that remained standing had to be condemned.

February 22, 2011 earthquake - Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake – Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake - Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake – Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake - Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake – Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake - Christchurch, NZ

February 22, 2011 earthquake – Christchurch, NZ

And so a long hard project of rebuilding from the ruins was put into play. Steel Construction New Zealand, (SCNZ) the governing body of the steel industry, set about revising their building code, and steel became the building material of choice for the rebirth of Christchurch.

Through the hard work of our great partner, Impact Machinery, both Ocean Machinery and Peddinghaus set about installing the massive fabricating capacity that would be needed throughout the island, and in so doing, we have been instrumental in seeing the skyline of New Zealand change in front of our eyes.

John Jones Steel - Christchurch, NZ

John Jones Steel – Christchurch, NZ

Darren Harmsworth (Impact Machinery) with a 24″ x 24″ column being drilled on the Avenger

John Jones Steel - Christchurch, NZ

Ocean Avenger at John Jones Steel – Christchurch, NZ

Five years later, the skyline has changed and we are proud to have been part of this amazing journey of rebirth. Thanks to our partners, Impact Machinery, Peddinghaus and especially our New Zealand Fabricators.

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ using the 24″ x 24″ columns drilled by the Ocean Avenger

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ

The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

The sales model of the Plasma Robots, such as the Python X, Ficep, Voortman, Daito and others, relies on the seductive promise of having one machine do the work of multiple machines, essentially eliminating the need for a saw, drill line and a coper. While in reality this never actually materializes (witness our Saw, Drill and Angle Line sales to existing Plasma Coping Robot users), and there is one further aspect that is never mentioned in the plasma robot sales pitch.

And that is just how sloppy the cuts and copes become within a very short time. This means that instead of eliminating labor, the user often has to hire additional labor to grind and clean the dross and slop from the cuts.

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This has propelled the Ocean Blaster into the limelight as it is the most economical and efficient blast cleaning machine on the market and makes quick work of automatically cleaning the dross from these plasma cut parts. Just take a look at the before and after photos below.

The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

BEFORE – The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

AFTER – The Ocean Blaster Cleans Up behind Python-X and Plasma Robots

The Ocean Blaster is a very compact, ruggedly built Shot Blaster featuring twin bucket elevators keeping the overall height so low that it can fit in any fab shop without the need for a pit. The hyper efficient turbines ensure that it has the lowest operating costs of all blasters on the market, and makes it the perfect machine for existing Python X and other Plasma Robot users to clean their steel.

Take a cool aerial tour through New Zealand’s largest steel fabricator

While Ocean typically targets the small to medium fabricator, many of Ocean’s CNC machines end up in large fabrication facilities due to their exceptional versatility and their ability to process just about any profile.

In this very cool aerial tour through John Jones, the largest steel fabricator in South Island New Zealand, we see both Peddinghaus and Ocean Avenger drill lines.

The Avenger processes steel profiles that would be impossible to do on a regular beam line, such as this 24”x24” RHS steel section.

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Ocean Avenger makes easy work of this 600 x 600 x 20mm rectangular column

Due to a major earthquake back in 2011, the NZ building code is going through a major rewrite to account for seismic activity and there are a lot of major projects underway featuring new seismic engineering concepts.

Ocean Avenger at John Jones New Zealand

Darren Harmsworth of Impact Machinery with the Ocean Avenger at John Jones New Zealand

This particular column is a 24”x24” column, made from press brake formed plate, with multiple holes drilled on all four faces. Despite having a large multispindle Peddinghaus drill line, this part was allocated to their ever faithful Ocean Avenger of which they have two.

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Holes are drilled in all four surfaces of this rectangular column

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A 300 Ton Press brake forms the plate into the rectangular column (3rd party processing)

 

Steel Builders, Sydney Australia credits the Ocean Avenger as the cornerstone to their rapid growth.

It’s always gratifying to see the progress and development path that our customers are on, once they have embraced the benefits of CNC Steel Fabrication. Approximately 5 years ago Ian Head of Steel Builders in Sydney Australia embraced our Ocean Avenger CNC Drill Line. The immediate improvement to the bottom line and cash flow improvement that this machine made for them started Steel Builders down a path of incremental steps, and it wasn’t long before they had installed the Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping Machine, as well as a Peddinghaus CNC Saw Drill Line and CNC Angle Line.

The Avenger CNC Drill Line was the first step in the evolution that led to the rapid growth of Steel Builder in Sydney Australia. The Avenger is the most popular CNC Drill Line with more than 700 installations in over 60 countries around the world.

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Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

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Ocean Avenger

 

Just look at the super clean copes that the highly affordable Ocean Liberator CNC Oxy-Fuel Beam Coping Machine is capable of in the hands of a competent operator. Why would you ever cope any other way?

Liberator - clean copes

Liberator CNC Beam Coping Machine – Super clean copes

Steel Builders also modified their Liberator with simple mirrors attached to the torch head so that they can easily observe the cut on the far side of the flange, and added a remote monitor to the machine column to make it easier to observe the machine speed and travel while watching the cut. So simple yet so effective. This is what we love to see, customers getting the most out of their machines.

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Modified with mirrors allows viewing of far-side flange while cutting

Remote monitor

Remote monitor attached to machine column makes it easier to observe the machine speed and travel while cutting

John Jones, New Zealand tackles exciting new work on the Ocean Avenger

It’s always exciting to see what new adventures our customers are embracing with their Ocean products.

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Ocean Avenger makes easy work of this 600 x 600 x 20mm rectangular column

This past week we saw the largest Rectangular Column ever processed on the Ocean Avenger at our customer, John Jones, in Christchurch New Zealand. Christchurch is going through a significant rebuild of their city after much of the city was razed during the major earthquake of 2011.

John Jones's facility in New Zealand

John Jones’s impressive new facility is the largest structural fabricating shop on New Zealand’s South Island

The NZ building code is going through a major rewrite to account for seismic activity and there are a lot of major projects underway featuring new seismic engineering concepts.

Ocean Avenger at John Jones New Zealand

Darren Harmsworth of Impact Machinery with the Ocean Avenger at John Jones New Zealand

This particular column is a 600x 600x20mm column, made from press brake formed plate, with multiple holes drilled on all four faces. Despite having a large multispindle Peddinghaus drill line, this part was allocated to their ever faithful Ocean Avenger of which they have two.

Ocean Avenger

Holes are drilled in all four surfaces of this rectangular column

large rectangular column

A 300 Ton Press brake forms the plate into the rectangular column (3rd party processing)

 

The Ocean Avenger Does Much More Than Just Drill Beams

Often people assume that a beam drill line solely serves the purpose of drilling beams. With the Ocean Avenger, this could not be further from the truth. The versatile Ocean Avenger can drill holes in beams, columns, channel, flat bar, angle, rail, round and square tube and much more. We are often amazed when we see what some of our Avenger customers are doing with their machines.

We recently visited an Avenger Client, Specialty Machine Works in Penticton, British Columbia with the area Sales Rep from Akhurst Machinery. Specialty Machine works is primarily an industrial fabricator specializing in material handling and conveying systems for oil and gas exploration, saw mill and logging, minerals mining and refuse conveying and storage. They also fabricate commercial buildings and pedestrian bridges.They are able to drill many different parts using their Ocean Avenger, not just beams.

We toured the shop and the owner pointed out all of the various profiles drilled with his Avenger. The pictures show various conveying components being fabricated for a large pellet mill. He was able to drill most all components requiring holes or layout marks using the Avenger Drill.

Here are some of the unique applications being done at Specialty Machine Works:

Applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam drill Line

Unique applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Unique applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Unique applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Unique applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Unique applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Unique applications of the Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

The owner purchased an Ocean Avenger Drill in December of 2013 and placed it outside the shop housed in a shed to protect it from the weather.

Compact Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line

Compact Ocean Avenger CNC Beam Drill Line – Fits into any space!

For more information on this versatile Beam Drill Line, contact Ocean Machinery today at 1-800-286-3624!

Ocean Products are one of the best Investments a Small Fabricator can make

As we have said time and time again, you have to invest in your business in order for it to grow profitably. Most of ur customers started off small, using mag drills and doing everything manually,  and time and again they have testified that the purchase of their first Ocean CNC machine made them aware of just how great the returns are from embracing automation and started them down a path of regular investment yielding significant returns with each subsequent purchase.

It is so gratifying to go back and visit your customers and see just how much our machines have benefited their businesses.

Take CS Aguirre & Sons in Odessa, TX, for example:

Conrad Aguirre, one of the co-owners, said the original purchase of the Ocean Avenger Beam Drill Line was very difficult at first, but that when they looked back on what they had accomplished, they fully realize that it was the purchase of the Avenger that allowed them to grow their business.

And this led to the purchase of their 2nd machine, the Ocean Liberator. They won a large skid job and extra costs were introduced by the general contractor after landing the job. They quickly realized they needed a faster method of coping to soften unanticipated costs. The Liberator allowed them to produce the skids significantly more productively than they were doing by hand.

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Skid being welded at CS Aguirre & Sons

Now they are using the Liberator constantly and producing some pretty cool things faster and more accurately – like these stair stringer cut-outs:

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The Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping Machine at CS Aguirre & Sons in Texas

Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping Machine Install – March 2014

Ocean Machinery had the privilege of visiting one of our Avenger clients, CS Aguirre & Sons while a brand new Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping Machine was being installed a few weeks ago at their Odessa, TX fabricating shop. They needed a machine quickly that could speed up their ability to cope and bevel beams for a large skid manufacturing project, and, as valued customers, we delivered the Ocean Liberator as fast as we could! I was able to witness the speed and accuracy of the Liberator first hand. It was amazing to see what they were doing manually and then how much more quickly, precisely and neatly the Liberator could do the same copes, ratholes, bevels, etc. — saving them time and money!

CNC beam Coping vs manual copingCS Aguirre & Sons was formed in the late 1970s by Carlos Aguirre because he wanted to start a business to pass on to his sons, who were also avid welders. It is still family-owned and operated, with as far as the fourth generation of Aguirres coming in to the shop each week to keep the art of welding an active tradition in the family. They doubled the size of their shop just a few years ago when they purchased our CNC Beam Drill Line, the Ocean Avenger. Co-owner Conrad Aguirre told us “since we expanded the shop and got the Avenger we haven’t had a slow period.” With the rapidly growing oil and natural gas industry in southwestern Texas, they are expecting the Liberator to also become an invaluable asset for the shop, as they plan to get a lot more work by advertising their ability to quickly get jobs done with the Liberator CNC Beam Coper!

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To find out more about the Ocean Liberator CNC Beam Coping Machine, call Ocean Machinery at 1-800-286-3624.