14 Aug CLIMAX PORTABLE MACHINE TOOLS LEADS INDUSTRY TRENDS AND SETS HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS
Manufacturing Today – July 2017
When giant institutions such as oil refineries, mines and power plants experience a mechanical breakdown, it can cost them millions of dollars per day. The broken piece of equipment – which can be the size of a bus – is traditionally transported to a machine shop to be fixed before being brought back again.
“This traditional stationary machining process is very time-consuming and expensive,” says Tom Cunningham, president and CEO of CLIMAX Portable Machine Tools. “While the workpiece is being repaired, the system might be down, costing the customer thousands or millions of dollars a day in lost production.”
Based in Newberg, Ore., CLIMAX specializes in portable machining, welding and advanced valve-testing systems. What makes this company unique is that it offers its customers a “portable” solution. The broken equipment is not transported to a machine shop. CLIMAX brings the machine tool directly to the consumer.
“Our team is available 24/7, and it’s common to get calls at 3 a.m. on a Saturday from customers needing our equipment, and we deliver,” Cunningham says “It’s our people who make a difference and save our customers millions of dollars.”
Portable machine tools – such as line boring bars, autobore welders, flange facers, mills, pipe cutters and bevelers – mount directly onto the workpiece and do the machining onsite. The same principles apply to the manufacture or production of cranes, ships, aircraft and turbines. Rather than moving the equipment around the factory to a stationary tools station, the portable tools are brought straight to the equipment.