Power Surge

Forecasts for continued growth in electronics manufacturing drive increased interest in Swiss screw technology.

You only need to look around your home or office to understand why forecasts in the electronic components industry call for steady and continued growth. Smart phones and TVs. Laptops and tablets. The GPS system in your car. New hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). Even your refrigerator.

All these products depend on the ready availability of high-precision and high-reliability electronic components. But as we have seen in many different industries, electronic components are at the top of the list of products affected by supply chain issues. As manufacturers look for alternative supply sources, interest has grown in the advantages of Swiss screw machine technology as a solution. Here are some examples why:

Turnaround times – Product development and innovations in the electronics industry move at lightning speed. The exceptional speed and accuracy of Swiss screw machines can significantly reduce turnaround times on prototypes and production runs of components to help companies keep pace and improve competitiveness.

Superior precision – Smaller and smaller products require component precision unheard of just a couple of decades ago. Swiss screw technology can meet the most exacting tolerances on complex, small components. That’s because Swiss screw machines better support the stock material during production, so the part moves while the tooling is stationary. That means less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy.

Material flexibility – From implantable biomedical devices to satellites, the wide variety of products requiring smaller electronic components also means demand for a wide variety of metals and materials. Many components contain metals of gold, chromium, palladium, silver, copper, and high-tech alloys. Swiss screw machining offers the flexibility to meet the requirements of a variety of these materials.

Continuing growth in the electronics field also increases the demand for a high degree of engineering experience and expertise from component suppliers including technical support, quality control, and compliance to OEM requirements. Sheldon Precision is here to help.

Sheldon Precision has long taken pride in producing the highest quality components with Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today. Contact 

Rapid response

Continued growth of CNC machining aligns with ongoing evolution of modern manufacturing

CNC – computer numerical control – machining has been a mainstay of modern manufacturing and production for decades. More recently, CNC technologies – including Swiss screw machines – have seen an even greater increase in popularity as manufacturers strive to compete in fast-paced, complex markets. From supply chain problems to increasingly smaller and intricate components, several factors have fueled the continued growth of CNC machining.  Some of these factors include:

Fast prototyping – The speed at which manufacturers bring new products to market is faster than ever as they keep pace with consumer demand and work to stay ahead of competitors. CNC machining delivers the high speed and high precision required for rapid prototypes, especially for highly complex parts. Technology such as Swiss screw machines also enable fast turnaround times from prototype to full production.

Superior efficiency – Manufacturers constantly look for ways to improve efficiencies without sacrificing quality. CNC machining rises to the occasion. For example, Swiss screw machines can combine multiple steps including drills, lathes, and milling tools, into one process, steps that otherwise would have to be machined separately.

High precision CNC machines such as Swiss screw technology can meet the most challenging tolerance requirements due to its exceptional stability in the manufacturing process. Swiss screw machines better support the stock material during production, so the part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy.

Demand for CNC manufacturing will certainly continue to grow, driven by evolving product designs, shorter lead time requirements and increasing cost pressures in today’s manufacturing environment. Sheldon Precision can help.

Sheldon Precision has long taken pride in producing the highest quality components with Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today. Contact

Customer Driven

A commitment to exceed customer expectations – the difference at Sheldon

Sheldon Precision operates one of the most advanced Swiss screw machine shops in the industry. But all the high technology in the world won’t deliver a competitive advantage without the customer service to back it up. That is the difference at Sheldon.

Our clients include leading companies in aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics, and a wide range of other industries. They count on us for the precision that Swiss screw technology delivers, as well the customer service to keep pace with ever-changing requirements. Sheldon’s foundation of superior customer service is built on:

Experience – We have manufactured precision components since 1969, and many of our talented team members have been with us for 20, 30, and even 40 years. Every employee understands our commitment to exceed customer expectations in quality, delivery, and especially service.

Quality – As an ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 registered company, Sheldon’s advanced quality system is an integral part of our customer service equation. We know we must get it right the first time, every time, and continuous quality improvement programs are the key to doing precisely that.

Knowledge – From experience comes knowledge. Our engineers, technicians, machine operators, and service staff have a depth of knowledge that is unequalled in the world of Swiss screw machining. That means we know how to work with you to ensure your needs are met as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. That includes fast turnaround on accurate quotes.

Commitment – Every employee shares the same commitment to customer service. Because we know that is what gives Sheldon Precision a competitive edge, and that is what gives our customers every reason to keep counting on us, project after project.

As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need, backed by the superior customer service you demand.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today. Contact

How Swiss Screw Machining has changed the medical industry

As medical devices shrink, Swiss screw technology offers big advantages

Today’s medical devices such as pacemakers and implantable units continue to get smaller and smaller as manufacturers focus on improving the patient experience. Often, these devices require very complex, small parts requiring exacting precision not attainable by traditional production methods. 

Other products such as hand-held medical devices, sensors, and pumps require superior quality and reliability. Swiss screw technology delivers the remedy and can change the way medical device manufacturers think about product design. Here are just a few advantages of Swiss Screw machining for the medical industry.

Keeping pace with innovation – Swiss screw machining offers the capabilities to produce components for the medical industry that could not be done before. The technology – that traces its roots to making small internal parts for the watch industry – now keeps pace with medical innovations including more complex part geometries, faster production requirements, and unquestionable quality. 

Flexibility and efficiency – In the rapidly changing medical environment, device manufacturers are constantly bringing products to market faster. Swiss screw machines can be used for both research and development as well as high-volume production, enabling manufacturers and their contracting partners to quickly turnaround prototypes to the production of precision components.

Medical materials – Many medical devices require high strength, high reliability materials such as titanium. Other materials such as alloy, cobalt chromium and nickel can be very difficult to machine. Swiss technology can be equipped with the right tooling, and can accommodate the feed rates and speeds, for the stability, rigidity, and precision these materials require.

An ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 registered company, Sheldon Precision pairs our people with the best technology to meet strict quality and precision standards. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today. CONTACT 

Skills and Technology in Sync

Sheldon Precision’s superior quality results from skilled people working with the latest Swiss screw technology

Sheldon Precision places the latest Swiss screw machining technology in the hands of experienced and skilled tradespeople to deliver super quality and precision for critical parts and components. A perfect example of such technology are the Tornos Swiss type machines our craftsmen use to meet the precise needs of clients in industries from aerospace and medical to automotive and electronics.

Based in Switzerland, Tornos has been a pioneer in Swiss-type automatic lathes for more than 100 years. Today, the company is a global leader in the manufacture of CNC sliding headstock, automatic turning machines, cam- or numerically controlled multi-spindle machines, and machining centers for complex workpieces. Tornos technology allows Sheldon Precision to offer numerous advantages for our clients. These include:

  • Tornos software makes set-up easy and efficient for even the most complex parts, saving production time
  • Repeatability and consistency in the production of end-use components as well as fast turnaround for prototypes
  • We can produce long runs of small, complex parts faster and more cost-effectively than with traditional machines.
  • Multi-spindle technology – up to six axis – offers positioning for component features such as cutting, drilling, and tapping that might otherwise have to be machined separately.
  • We can meet a wide range of material needs, as Tornos technology is ideal for components made of titanium, copper, lithium, tin, silver, gold, nickel, and other high-tech alloys.

An ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 registered company, Sheldon Precision pairs our people with the best technology to meet strict quality and precision standards. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today. CONTACT

The Quality Quotient

The Quality Quotient

When Swiss screw quality goes in, customer product quality stands out.

Swiss screw machining and continuous quality measures go hand in hand as the technology delivers superior precision for critical parts and components. Industries from aerospace and medical to automotive and electronics count on Swiss screw accuracy and reliability as part of strict quality processes. Even the most challenging and complex machined parts with exacting tolerances benefit from the exceptional stability of the bar stock in the Swiss screw manufacturing process.

Quality without question.

As an ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 registered company, Sheldon Precision meets the strict quality standards of customers in every industry. On top producing components with precision Swiss screw technology, Sheldon has a rigorous quality process that involves every employee.

We combine control plan methodology and statistical process control with advanced equipment including:

  • Automated gauging
  • Laser inspection
  • On-Line Laser Micrometers
  • Automated Inspection Systems

Perhaps the most important component of Sheldon Precision’s quality program is our people. Our associates apply their skills, experience and expertise with a fierce commitment to quality on every part, every day on the production floor.

Sheldon Precision has long taken pride in producing the highest quality components with Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today.  Contact

Machine Ability

Today’s machining industry is positioned to support manufacturers and OEMs

In our last post, we looked at how the machining industry can help manufacturers maintain a more consistent supply chain of high quality components made in the USA.  In this post, we drill a little deeper into some current trends in machining that will be equally advantageous as the economy opens back up and OEMs seek more efficient production methods to meet growing demand.  

Time savings – Among the biggest trends in the past few years has been the use of Swiss screw precision CNC manufacturing to keep pace with OEM requirements. Swiss screw machines can meet shorter lead schedules and quicker turnaround time frames because of superior efficiency. Multi-axis machines can execute more tasks among more axes of movement in one setup, reducing the extra time and expense necessary to tear a machine down to make it ready for the next task.

Quality control – While more manufacturers may be seeking domestic suppliers to ensure consistency of supply, quality, as always, remains the number one priority. Again, technologies such as Swiss screw machining rise to the occasion. Manufacturers can count on the superior quality they need when components are made with Swiss screw machines. That’s because the Swiss screw machine better supports the stock material during production so the part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy even on small components. The machines also provide the stability demanded by machining of hard materials such as titanium and high tech alloys used in applications such as aerospace and automotive.

Reduced customer inventories – High tech machining delivers better products faster so manufacturers and OEMs can count on suppliers for the parts and components they need without carrying large inventories. Superior efficiency and high productivity of technology such as Swiss screw machining can help enhance management of procurement, lead time scheduling and quality for manufacturers and OEMs in every industry from medical devices to telecommunications.

Sheldon Precision has long taken pride in producing the highest quality components with Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

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Precision Decision

The outlook for Swiss Screw precision CNC manufacturing in the year ahead

 

For U.S. manufacturers and OEMs, the start of the New Year is – to quote Yogi Berra – déjà vu all over again.

The country is still fighting a pandemic and economic uncertainty continues to be the norm. Supply chain woes have prompted many OEMs to make some decisions on how they source the components they need. And that may actually bode well for a revival of sorts for manufacturing in the states as companies seek domestic sources for parts offering efficiency and fast turnaround. 

As 2022 begins to take shape, the timing is right to take a closer look at Swiss screw precision CNC manufacturing. Swiss screw technology offers several advantages to boost productivity, increase efficiency and reduce turnaround time for all kinds of manufactured components. Producers utilizing this technology can help OEMs –  in industries from aerospace and medical devices to defense and telecommunications – maintain a more consistent supply chain of high quality components made in the USA.

Swiss screw advantages include:

Enhanced productivity – With exceptional speed and accuracy, Swiss screw technology is a great advantage for manufacturers, offering repeatability and consistency in the production of end-use components as well as fast turnaround for prototypes. Swiss screw machines can also produce long runs of small, complex components faster and more cost-effectively than traditional machines.

Exacting tolerances – Swiss screw technology can meet the most challenging tolerance requirements due to its exceptional stability in the manufacturing process. Swiss screw machines better support the stock material during production so the part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy even on small components. 

Complex parts – With up to 6-axis machining capabilities, Swiss screw machines can produce complex, intricate parts faster and with extraordinary precision. In the 6-axis technology, an additional rotation around the Z axis results in faster cut times. The technology offers positioning for component features such as cutting, drilling, and tapping that might otherwise have to be machined separately.

The right materials – Swiss screw machining is ideal for components made of titanium, copper, lithium, tin, silver, gold, nickel, and other high tech alloys.

Sheldon Precision has long taken pride in producing the highest quality components with Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, we stand ready to provide the Swiss screw machined parts you need.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today. Contact

Precision Recap

A summary of Swiss Screw technology to ring in a new year

Over the past several months, we have posted about the benefits of Swiss screw machining of
components for a variety of specific industries, from aerospace and automotive to telecommunications and medical devices.

In this post, we recap those benefits as a reminder that Swiss Screw technology should be on your list of resolutions for improving accuracy, efficiency and productivity in your operations. 

Precision accuracy and tolerances – Swiss screw technology can meet your most exacting tolerance requirements because of exceptional stability in the manufacturing process. Swiss screw machines better support the stock material during production so the part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy on even the smallest components. Swiss style tools also use a process called guide bushing which enhances rigidity, thus producing higher tolerances.

Complex part geometries – With up to 6-axis machining capabilities, Swiss screw machines can produce complex, intricate parts faster and with extraordinary precision. In the 6-axis technology, an additional rotation around the Z axis results in faster cut times. Swiss screw machining offers positioning for component features that might otherwise have to be machined separately such as cutting, drilling, and tapping.

Material versatility – Swiss screw machining is ideal for components made of titanium, copper, lithium, tin, silver, gold, nickel, and other high tech alloys.

Enhanced productivity – Swiss screw machining is all about speed and accuracy. The technology is a great advantage for manufacturers in any industry, offering repeatability and consistency in the production of end-use components as well as quick turnaround for prototypes. The technology can produce long runs of small, complex components faster and more cost-effectively than traditional machines.

For more than 50 years, Sheldon Precision has been a leader in Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer, we can produce the most challenging and complex Swiss screw machine products for your components.

For more information on how we can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today.  Contact

Controls and Valves

Swiss Screw Technology delivers the high precision demanded by control and valve components

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Density. Concentration. Flow rates. Liquid levels. Those are just a few of the parameters regulated by controls and valves found in countless types of processing equipment used in industries and municipalities. Components such as positioners, actuators, valve controls, and pressure regulators must be of the highest precision to deliver reliable performance in critical operations. Components manufactured with Swiss screw technology provide an added measure of confidence throughout the control loop.

Swiss screw machines create components of unparalleled accuracy in addition to a number of other advantages for control and valve manufacturers.

Critical tolerances – Valve bodies and related control accessories must meet tight tolerances to ensure proper liquid flow. Swiss screw technology provides superior tolerances in these components through better support for all stock material during the manufacturing process. That’s because the part moves while the tooling is stationary, resulting in reduced risk of the support material moving for precision accuracy in meeting required tolerances. 

Component geometries – Hardware found in controls and valves varies as much as the types of control processes. Swiss screw machines can produce a broad range of these complex, intricate parts faster and with extraordinary precision. The key is the technology’s capabilities for up to 6-axis machining, including an additional rotation around the Z axis for faster cut times. Swiss screw machines also offer positioning for component feature contouring that might otherwise have to be machined separately.

Material versatility – Materials used in control and valve applications must stand up to a variety of liquids including harsh chemicals and other solutions. Swiss screw machining can be used to machine the materials required such as stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and a range of alloys. 

Unmatched accuracy – Swiss screw machining offers the dimensional control and other properties required by the many different kinds of automotive parts. That’s because the technology provides better support for all stock material – the part moves while the tooling is stationary. The result is reduced risk of the support material moving for precision accuracy. 

For more than 50 years, Sheldon Precision has been a leader in Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer, we can produce the most challenging and complex Swiss screw machine components for your control and valve applications.

For more information on how we can help with your control and valve components, contact Sheldon Precision today. Contact