Category: Commercial Issues

Steinmeyer Inc. has a New Representative

Steinmeyer recently added Custom Precision Solutions (CPS) as our representative for the southeast USA.  Dominic Mastroianni, president of CPS, is located in Wake Forest North Carolina and covers the following states: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.  Dominic has 20+ years’ experience in motion control and represents a wide variety of premier manufacturers including Precipart, Autotronics and BEI Sensors.  For Steinmeyer he will concentrate on ground ball screws and focus on applications in commercial aerospace and robotics markets.  Custom applications are especially relevant since he represents so many items designed to function together.  With more and more engineering designs being outsourced, it is especially important to rely on experienced engineers that know how to choose and integrate the right elements that comprise a precision motion system.  Dominic can be reached at (919) 868-3628 or via email at sales@custom-precision.com.

 

EMO 2013

The world’s largest trade show dedicated to manufacturing technology and metalworking opens next week!  The show runs for 6 straight days, from Monday September 16 through Saturday September 21.  EMO is located this year in Hannover Germany.   Based on statistics from the 2011 show, there are expected to be about 2,000 exhibitors from 40+ nations around the globe and in excess of 130,000 visitors.  The Hannover show site boasts one of the largest exhibit spaces anywhere, with more than 23 separate buildings housing the latest in metalworking technology including areas dedicated to milling, grinding, cutting, forming and laser processing.  Steinmeyer invites you to our booth located in Hall 7, stand B17 – where you will see the latest innovations in ball screw technology.  Our booth will be manned by application engineers ready to discuss your latest application and field technical questions.  Also on hand will be co-owners, Alex and Joachim Beck.  We will of course all be walking the show to greet our many customers in this, our major, market segment.

Newest Factory Expansion Almost Completed

In 2006, the purchase of about 20,000 sq.m. of land marked the beginning of a new era for Steinmeyer. The first large production building expansion was completed in 2007 offering ample space for more machines and other equipment. It is connected to the existing factory building by two indoor pull-through loading/unloading positions with a 20 ton bridge crane.

Earlier in 2012 an extension of that building was started and is now almost completed. Already included in the planning of the 2007 building this latest expanion seamlessly adds another 2,240 sq.m. of floor space. The same modern and energy efficient concept is used.

Additional production equipment and further improvement of material flow will help us cope with the increased demand and should result in reduced lead times.  Check our web site home page for photos of this latest Steinmeyer expansion!

Why Can’t I Just Buy a Shaft and nut from you Guys and Machine the Ends Myself?

At least once a week we get such an inquiry – someone looking for a ball nut and separate shaft long enough so they can cut it and machine the journals themselves, usually thinking this will significantly reduce lead time.  And of course, compared to buying a completely custom ball screw, it may just do that.  There are several reasons why we do not offer separate shafts and ball nuts, or complete ball screw assemblies with unfinished ends.  Continue reading

Lead Times are Coming Down

OK – we know – ball screw lead times have been pretty long for some time, and with good reason (see previous blog).  But have faith – Steinmeyer has been working on it and our efforts are starting to bear fruit.  For quite some time we have been continually adding new machines and streamlining operations.  And just recently we broke ground for the latest facility addition which will add another 23,000 sq ft of manufacturing (about 18%).  Lead times have started to come down and we expect further reductions in the coming months.  So this is a good time to check with us on any new programs you may have, as well as placing new blanket orders!

Steinmeyer Ball Screws and End Users

Every week we get one or more calls from companies seeking support for their Steinmeyer ball screws.  If the call is from an OEM, we bend over backwards in our attempt to support them technically as well as commercially.  However if it is from an end user it’s a bit more complicated.  Why? Continue reading