Bourn & Koch was featured in a great case study in the August issue of Gear Technology Magazine highlighting the benefits of upgrading to CNC gear hobbing. The article focuses on RCD Engineering, who recently added a Bourn & Koch 100H to their shop to replace their Barber-Colman gear hobbing machines. You can download the the article here and subscribe to Gear Technology Magazine for FREE by clicking here. Gear Technology is a great resource to learn more about the latest technology and research for gear hobbing, gear shaping, gear design, and all things gear-related.
Bourn & Koch will once again be hosting world-renowned expert Richard King to teach a class on the art of handscraping machine tools! This year marks our third class with Mr. King, who has taught hundreds of machine tool builders the art of handscraping. The class is a full week of education and hands on scraping experience at our Rockford, Illinois facility. Students are taught the basics of machine tool handscraping and Biax Power-Scraping over the week-long course. A full tour of our facility is offered as well.
The class will be held from March 12th through the 16th of 2018. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot in the class today! To learn more about Richard King and his experience in machine tools visit www.handscraping.com.
The world’s largest event focusing solely on the gear manufacturing industry is almost here! Gear Expo 2017 kicks off October 24th at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Bourn & Koch will be exhibiting in booth 407, showcasing two of our most popular machines – the 100H Gear Hobber and the Fellows 10-4! Both machines have been a staple of our machine tool offerings for well over a decade, however new features will be debuted at the show that will be sure to give attendees a new perspective on our capabilities.
Our newly designed BKI-HMI will be demoed in the booth, allowing customers to experience just how easy we have made programming a high-quality hobbed gear to be! Attendees can schedule an appointment to have their application reviewed and programmed by our team in the booth. The Fellows 10-4 has an all new look as well! Both machines will be available for sale at the show and can be shipped direct to your shop floor.
Check out a video of our brand new 100H gear hobber in action below and see it in person at the show! For complimentary passes to the show, email us at [email protected]. Hope to see you at the show!
Bourn & Koch is expanding our distributor and manufacturer’s representative network to new territories. We are currently accepting applications for qualified and established distributors and manufacturer’s representatives in the United States and worldwide for our Blanchard, Springfield, DeVlieg, Motch & non-gear manufacturing Bourn & Koch machine tools. Please contact [email protected] to learn more about this opportunity.
Bourn & Koch, Inc.has developed stragetic partnerships with new manufacturer’s representatives and distributors over the last year. We have developed relationships with Gaden S.A. for representation of our machine tools in Mexico and Midwest Precision, covering Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa in the United States. Gaden and Midwest Precision will be responsible for our non-gear manufacturing machine tools such as Blanchard surface grinders, Springfield vertical grinders, DeVlieg boring mills and Motch vertical turret lathes. Our long time partner for gear manufacturing machinery, Star-SU, will continue to be our exclusive distributor for Bourn & Koch gear hobbers and Fellows gear shapers worldwide.
Bourn & Koch, Inc. is excited to announce that Robert Dwyer has been named Service Manager of the company effective February 27th, 2017.
Robert Dwyer, who was most recently leader of our Mill-Turn-Bore Customer Care Team, brings nearly 20 years of relevant machine tool support experience to his role as Service Manager. Rob joined Bourn & Koch in 2004.
Robert was previously the Assistant Service Manager for Bourn & Koch, gaining relevant experience on the service support side of our business. Prior to his experience as Assistant Service Manager, Rob was responsible for repair parts support for notable machine tool lines under Bourn & Koch’s ownership such as DeVlieg, Bullard, Springfield, Rockford Machine Tool, and King Machine Tool. Rob has been highly successful in his past roles with Bourn & Koch, helping numerous companies keep their American-Made Machine Tools running.
The Bullard Vertical Turret Lathe was and still is the backbone of many industries, most notably Oil & Gas production. Many of the vertical turret lathes originally built by Bullard are still turning precision parts in thousands of shops around the world. The oldest Bullard VTL that Bourn & Koch has provided parts for dates back to 1912. Though the last Bullard was produced in 1989, these machines will likely be around for decades longer due to the quality of their original craftsmanship and engineering.
Bullard was started by Edward Payson (E.P.) Bullard as Bridgeport Machine Tool Works in a rented loft on Broad Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The first product built by Bridgeport Machine Tool Works was an engine lathe. As the small company rapidly grew, they added space to fill the numerous orders they were receiving. While the engine lathe they built was a quality machine tool, it would not be what he was remembered for.
E.P. observed that almost every machine tool was designed horizontally, making it difficult to machine large parts due to their weight. Bullard designed and engineered a new boring mill to use the weight of the workpiece to its advantage and orienting the spindle and tool vertically, thus innovating the first vertical boring mill. By 1883, he had developed the first vertical boring mill with a capacity of 37″. Less than a decade later, they would add a second head to the machine and increase the capacity to 51″. At the turn of the century, the first Vertical Turret Lathe, would be developed by Bullard. The development of the vertical turret lathe and vertical boring mill would carry his legacy nearly a century, making the Bullard VTL the machine by which all others would be measured for some time to come.
In 1906, E.P. Bullard died and was succeeded by his son, E.P. Bullard Jr., who would lead the company to ultimately develop the New Era VTL in 1911, the precursor to the Spiral Drive VTL. The New Era and Spiral Drive Vertical Turret Lathes were highly similar in function and form, with both machines having fully manual gearboxes and transmissions. Often referred to as a “Kicker Bullard”, these machines had a lever down by your foot for engaging the machine. The New Era ultimately became the Spiral Drive in 1927 due to the incorporation of a spiral bevel gear and pinion to drive the table.
E.P. Jr. would see the company through both World Wars and the development of two of their most well known products. In the next section, we’ll learn about the Cutmaster and the VTLs that followed.
On December 1st, Rock Valley College unveiled their new Woodward Technology Center with a reception held at their campus. Rock Valley College has a long standing reputation as a community college that has gone above and beyond to provide the Rock River Valley with quality educational programs for their residents. Numerous employees at Bourn & Koch have attended Rock Valley College and continue to do so. In fact, our two Lean Green Belts received their certification through their education program. With the abundance of aerospace activity and manufacturing that the area is home to, the Woodward Technology Center will be a great asset to developing the next generation of engineers to support the growth of the Rock River Valley and our reinvigorated expansion into manufacturing.
As a leader in the machine tool industry, Bourn & Koch has committed to supporting the efforts of Rock Valley College with a financial donation to the Woodward Technical Center pledged. As evidence of our commitment, the electronics lab at The Woodward Technical Center will be bear our name, ensuring that generations to come will have access to a quality engineering education in the Rock River Valley.
One of the founders of Bourn & Koch, Loyd Koch, was in attendance for the reception. Additional support for the Woodward Technology Center is being provided by Woodward, Inc., Rockford Toolcraft, Field Fastener, Greenlee, Rockford Area Realtors, Textron Charitable Trust, and many others. We are excited for manufacturing’s future in the Rock River Valley and the possibilities that the Woodward Technology Center offers our region.
Blanchard grinding is a term which through common usage in the manufacturing industry has come to be recognized throughout the world as identifying the most efficient method of finishing flat surface on virtually any material. The finish is produced by utilizing a vertical grinding spindle with a cylindrical grinding wheel and, generally, a flat magnetic chuck to hold ferrous material to be finished. As the magnetic chuck rotates, it carries the work under the first side and then the other side of the wheel face which is fed down in the work to remove material. This action creates the characteristic cross-hatch pattern that has come to be the best indication of a true “Blanchard Grind”.
The rotary motion of the magnetic chuck allows work to be loaded in a full circle so that there are no end pieces. This combined with the grinding pressures exerted by the grinding spindle produce the “Blanchard Grind”. This combination produces finished work to flatness and size across the magnetic chuck that is to extremely close tolerances. As a testament to their accuracy and precision, all remanufactured and new Blanchard grinders must be able to hold .0002″ across the table before they are shipped.
The inherent rigidity of the vertical grinding spindle and of the magnetic chuck combined with the broad abrasive surface of the grinding wheel means high-powered grinding with no loss of accuracy. Blanchard grinding is unsurpassed in its ability to remove large amounts of material in a minimum amount of time while retaining extreme accuracy for finished work.
While other companies do manufacture vertical surface grinders, nothing but a Blanchard can truly produce a Blanchard grind. Over a 100 years of engineering archives and the talents of Bourn & Koch’s machine tool engineers ensure that the Blanchard legacy is kept alive and well.
To learn more about our current models of New Blanchard Grinder, click here. Call us today at 815-965-4013 to speak with one of our sales engineers about what model of Blanchard is right for your application.
Bourn & Koch, Inc. was the Member Profile Company in the November issue of The Voice, The Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s monthly newspaper. Over the last year, we’ve been working diligently to improve upon our operations and culture here at Bourn & Koch, while increasing our visibility both globally and locally. You can read the full article at the link below.
We were also in attendance for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council’s (RAEDC) annual dinner. Being more involved with the RAEDC is important to better understanding how we, at Bourn & Koch, can be proactive in developing our community and continuing the long-standing tradition of Rockford as a manufacturing community. A highlight of the evening was David Storch, of AAR Corp. speaking to the attendees about why they chose Rockford as the site of their newest, and one of their largest, aircraft MRO facilities. Additionally, Forest City Gear, who operates both a Bourn & Koch 400H and a Fellows MS450, were honored as a top manufacturer in the community. The RAEDC premiered the below video, highlighting many of the great people and places in Rockford. To learn more about the RAEDC, visit their website – www.rockfordil.com.
Fellows Gear Shapers set the standard for gear shaping machines throughout the last century. Bourn & Koch acquired Fellows in 2002, building new versions of the classic 10-4 gear shaper and furthering the technology of models such as the Hydrostroke™ HS series of gear shapers and developing the MS series of mechanical shapers. As an authority on the subject of gear shaping, Fellows produced a series of informational videos on the art of generating gears, with a focus on gear shaping.
Gear shaping is still one of the more prominent methods of generating a gear. Our new Fellows Gear Shapers provide a machine tool designed to last for decades, just as the original Fellows Gear Shapers have. The addition of new technologies like electronic helical guides and Oriented Stiffness Backoff™ make our new Fellows Gear Shapers the obvious choice for your next gear shaping machine. Bourn & Koch continues the tradition of building and rebuilding Fellows Gear Shapers at our Rockford, Illinois plant. Countless machines have been successfully built and serviced by Bourn & Koch over the last four decades. Fellows Gear Shapers are one of our core specialties, offering new gear shapers, rebuilt machines, and professional service for your Fellows Gear Shaper.
This video is a great introduction to generating gears. If you want to learn more about gear generation and production, AGMA offers an excellent class on the basics of gear manufacturing. The next class scheduled for April, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about AGMA and the classes they offer, visit their website – www.agma.org.