A leading manufacturer of conveyor components and solutions had a need for more machining capacity due to business growth. Their bottleneck centered around their conveyor rollers. They needed new equipment to turn and mill larger quantities of rollers. They were introduced to some large turn / mill machines, but the initial investment was not justifiable, so they looked for some alternatives. What they did instead was to buy a 10’ manual lathe for their turning and the Willis BTM60 CNC bedroll.
This Willis Mill provides a full 3 axis contouring CNC control with huge 30” x 60” X, Y travels for a very low investment. This decision enabled this manufacturer to substantially increase their production to keep up with demand at a very low investment when compared to the single turn / mill machine.more
A large laboratory in the Mid South was in need of a substantial size CNC lathe to replace their older manual machines. Being the main repair shop for the lab, they need to be prepared for anything that comes in their door.
After reviewing their needs and checking the market, they chose to go with the Willis 30120-6CNC Lathe. This 10’ center distance CNC lathe with 6” spindle bore allows them heavy capacity for their larger work that comes in while still allowing them higher spindle speeds for the smaller parts. It was also still small enough to be easy to operate and move around. And, it doesn’t take up too much floor space in their facility. The optional automatic 8 station vertical turret and chip conveyor gives them ability to machine large complicated parts with heavy metal removal in an unattended fashion.more
Biggest obstacle overcome – Stamping house needs a large capacity Surface Grinder for Press tooling maintenance.
Orchid Monroe LLC in Monroe, Michigan was desperately in need of a large capacity Surface Grinder to Grind big bolster plates and tooling for their stamping presses. While needing a large Grinder Orchid also wanted a machine that could produce high finishes on their tooling. Orchid poured a concrete isolation pad/foundation before taking delivery of their new Willis 3280-3A Surface Grinder. Once our technician leveled the Grinder and we fired it up Orchid’s toolmaker’s were thrilled with the finishes they were able to achieve.
Since this install we very recently delivered a Willis 2480-3A Surface Grinder to a General Motors Stamping Plant in Flint, Michigan, GM was shopping around for a Grinder for Press Tooling maintenance, and after seeing these photo’s and talking to Orchid they went with a Willis.more
A precision grinding company in Ann Arbor, MI recently purchased and installed (1) Willis G30-100A universal cylindrical grinder as their primary grinding machine. The aforementioned customer was looking to replace a late model machine with a reliable, well supported (Parts and Service), and affordable high precision universal cylindrical grinder. They found the solution to their machinery demands with Willis Machinery in Toledo, OH 43615 USA. Let us help meet your universal cylindrical grinder demands today.more
A Marine Construction Company in the Pacific Northwest was looking for new capacity. Due to their internal growth and industry growth, they needed to add a new lathe that could keep up with the new work they had coming into their yard. From repairs to new ship construction, they had to be prepared for whatever came in their shop. The Willis MAMMOTH PK35320-9 lathes’s long center distance, 9” thru hole, and large swing in the gap allows them to work on boat shafts, wheels, and many other marine components.more
A large electric motor repair facility was looking for more turning capacity. They needed a lathe strong enough to handle their heavy rotor turning, but also needed a machine with enough swing to handle the large end housings on their biggest repairs. Willis solved both of their challenges with this 70” swing over the bed machine with a gap allowing them to turn housings up to 78” diameter, and still having the ability to turn shafts up to 10’ in length on the same machine. In the end, this saved the customer a tremendous amount of money, and floor space in their shop.more