Manufacturing the future with PRECISION - Made in the U.S.A.

Our manufacturing plants are maintained and employed with a team of skilled and well trained staff that gives us a competitive edge on the market. We are fully integrated within all departments to ensure that our staff is constantly moving forward and improving on all areas of our business.

Chelsea

  • The Chelsea facility has 36 Acme Screw Machines.
  • With manufacturing advances and evolving tool technology, we have the ability to consistently hold tolerances up to .0003 in certain applications. This allows our grind specialists to hold their tolerances and consequently there is less scrap and better savings.
  • We have acquired and trained many talented operators to tool, maintain, and operate screw machines. In some cases one operator can run multiple machines.
  • All parts exceed CpK requirements established by the customer. ( CpK Chart )
  • Current materials that we process using screw machines include, but are not limited to:
–           Aluminum
–           Steel
–           Bearing Steel
–           Brass
–           Plastic
–           Nylon

Screw Machine Bay in Chelsea Michigan

 

Advantages of using Screw Machines

  • We use form tooling as oppose to single point tooling which results in unmatched part to part repeatability. Screw machines are known for production rates that are unobtainable by single point CNC machining.
  • Properly engineered form tools establish a center line on production parts to avoid a variation between major O.D. and I.D. work surfaces, leading to consistent size and concentricity in the finished product.
  • Engineering and Quality Assurance design tool geometry assuring proper chip removal that prevents material tearing and part defects.

Taylor

  • The corporate offices and manufacturing facility located in Taylor handles engineering, sales, finance, final quality assurance, secondary operations, assembly, packing, and shipping.
  • All parts in process are inspected by our quality department between each operation. This allows us to work closely with our own team and our suppliers to continuously improve our processes and hold everyone accountable for work.
  • Our quality department designs gauging for many processes that is certified and calibrated.
  • All parts exceed CpK requirements established by the Customer.
  • Secondary machining operations are often needed when producing complicated components. Examples of secondary operations include, but are not limited to:
 

–      Broaching

–      Staking

–      Buffing

 

–      Cross Drill

–      Flow testing

–      Grinding

 

–      Milling

–      Gauging

–      Etching

 

–      Reaming

–      Assembly

–      Washing

 

–      Honing

–      Interference fits

–      De-bur


Years of success, research, and development has allowed flexibility when pursuing new projects. WE WORK WELL UNDER PRESSURE, quickly bailing companies out of trouble in hot situations, such as losing a current supplier. W.A. Thomas enjoys developing close relationships with suppliers and tool makers in order to consistently provide our Customers with quality parts. We work closely with:


–           Tool and Die
–           Heat Treating
–           Hard Coating
–           Plating
–           Vapor Cleaning
–           Talented CNC Machining Houses
–           Close tolerance O.D., I.D. and Double Disc grinding specialists.