Precision Finishing Holds Open House at New Pennsylvania Facility
The 40,000-square-foot facility in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, was built last year to support new equipment, processes and capabilities. It comes on the heels of the company celebrating 60 years of success.
On the heels of celebrating 60 years of success, Precision Finishing recently held an open house for a 40,000-square-foot facility in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, that was built last year to support new equipment, processes and capabilities.
The company says the new building was purpose-built to support its business strategy of working with customers to establish a finishing process, and then selling them equipment or providing the finishing service.
The new building more than doubles the manufacturing, warehousing and office space of the company’s previous Sellersville, Pennsylvania, location, including a production area with new and upgraded finishing equipment; a manufacturing area for the Chemtrol compounds product line; a warehousing/shipping area; and two floors with offices, conference rooms and a cafeteria.
The new building was designed and built by Gorski Engineering. “We worked very closely with Precision to find the right building site and design a facility to incorporate the operations of lean manufacturing, along with the environmental protection features with sewer capacity and utility calculations to ensure a highly efficient structure,” says Jerry Gorski, president. “
The design incorporates many production elements for efficiency by following lean process flow, Precision Finishing says.
“With our limited space at the old building, we were constantly moving jobs to access other jobs and could only utilize two cranes to move the product around the contract shop,” company President Jeff Bell says. “The new building has created more staging area for product, and increasing to four cranes has significantly improved our process flow.”
“The building was designed and located on the property for the ability to add another 30,000 square feet for any future growth,” Bell says. “Our goal was to create a friendly work environment, in addition to a facility which would provide us the versatility to handle any vibratory/blasting finishing project and potential value-added processes to our current offerings.”
In addition to new upgrades and systems, Precision Finishing also added several new pieces of process equipment, including:
- An ADF four-stage aqueous belt washer with four 1-hp regenerative blower air knives. The wash, rinse and dry washer has an 18-inch-wide belt and is 27 feet long.
- A Clemco 2,400-cfm automated belt blasting system with a continuous feed-through conveyor that incorporates 14 blast guns within an oscillating system. This enables a part to be blasted on both sides at one time as it passes through the chamber via a conveyor.
- An Empire TT 36 P indexing blast machine with six direct-pressure nozzles, offering the ability to apply heavy profiles that suction blast systems cannot produce.
For information, visit precisionfinishinginc.com.
It has been shown that the inexpensive chemically accelerated vibratory surface finishing (CAVSF) process can reduce the average surface roughness.
When choosing vibratory media, understand the size, shape, starting roughness condition and metallurgical structure of the part.
Surface finish types for commercially supplied stainless steel sheet are detailed in various standards. ASTM A480-12 and EN10088-2 are two; BS 1449-2 (1983) is still available, although no longer active. These standards are very similar in that they define eight grades of surface finish for stainless steel. Grade 7 is “buff polished,” while the highest polish—the so-called mirror polish—is designated Grade 8