Davis-Standard invests $2 million to expand feedscrew manufacturing capacity
The investment involves the installation of Davis-Standard’s fourth CNC machining centre, which will enable the company to increase feedscrew production by over 25 per cent.
Extrusion machinery maker Davis-Standard LLC is investing US$2 million to boost production efficiency at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, Conn.
The investment involves Davis-Standard installing its fourth CNC machining centre to support what it calls its ongoing growth in feedscrew manufacturing, which will enable the company to increase feedscrew production by over 25 per cent.
The machining centre is expected to be operational by mid-October.
“This investment reflects our continued commitment to best practices in manufacturing and in supporting customers with best-in-class feedscrew technology,” said Mike Newhall, Davis-Standard’s vice president of operations. “The CNC machining center being installed is the same brand as our existing machines, Weingartner, which makes software programs and tooling interchangeable. We also have highly skilled machinists already trained to run this type of equipment. This will further add to our ability to meet customer demand and improve our overall responsiveness to our customer’s requirements.”
The additional centre is a Weingartner Pickup 700 Whirler, which is capable of machining feedscrew sizes that comprise 80 per cent of Davis-Standard’s screw volume, including feedscrews from 1.5 inches (38 mm) to 6 inches (152 mm) in diameter and in lengths up to 207 inches (5,200 mm). “The machine will augment existing capabilities in Davis-Standard’s feedscrew operation, which currently manufactures over 1,000 feedscrews annually,” Newhall said. “It will also support feedscrew cycle time reduction, enabling the company to improve delivery times and maintain a steady stock of feedscrews in various sizes and finishes.”
Davis-Standard designs, develops, distributes extrusion and converting technology for the agriculture, automotive, construction, healthcare, energy, electronics, food and beverage packaging, and retail industries.