Every company has production schedules, but few face deadlines as important as the ones that J&R Machine must regularly meet as a tier supplier for military vehicles. Employees at the Shawano, Wisconsin, company know that being late isn’t an option when lives are on the line.
“The timeline always seems to be tight when manufacturing parts for the vehicles,” says Tim Grimm, sales engineer.
With Oshkosh Defense’s (https://oshkoshdefense.com) Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), Grimm says military leaders learned that “the vehicle needed beefed-up protection underneath because of improvised explosive device (IED) threats. Delivery needed to be implemented ASAP since it was literally a matter of life or death for many of the troops.”
In addition to the M-ATV, J&R supplies components for the Family of Medium Tactical vehicles (FMTV) and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
“One component is a large diameter V-belt pulley, machined from solid material. Costs needed to be kept close to what a forged or cast component would have been with less material being removed,” Grimm says.
In addition to machining, J&R offers project management, assistance during design, procurement of castings and forgings, and subsequent operations such as plating or powder coating.
J&R Machine joined the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) in 2016 to get a better perspective on the industry as a whole and to learn from members and associated manufacturing sectors.
“We are always looking to understand the trends, innovations, etc. that affect our business, as well as develop new relationships within the industry and contribute where we can,” Grimm says.
In addition to military vehicles, J&R supplies parts for automotive racing, another industry with highly demanding customers, Grimm says.
“We need to hold tolerances even tighter than print specifications because the subsequent plating process can vary and affect the final dimensions of the part after machining,” Grimm notes.
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