Niagara Gear, a division of Gear Motions, Inc., recently completed the installation of its first machining cell. The in-house machining capabilities were added to reduce lead-time and provide more flexibility and control to meet customer delivery requirements. The machining cell consists of two turning centers, a vertical machining center, and marking capabilities. Products will be produced for the Niagara Gear division, as well as other divisions of Gear Motions.
Paul Andruszko, vice president of Buffalo operations, said “having this new capability has allowed us to control lead times for gear blanks” on new or existing projects with extremely tight delivery schedules. It was this capacity that allowed Niagara Gear to help a new customer in the flexographic printing industry by providing complete hardened and precision ground gears with a lead time of less than three weeks. Andruszko said, “Before we made the investment, outsourcing the turning would have resulted in a lead time closer to 7-8 weeks, unless other customer commitments were pushed out”. With our new in-house capabilities, we were able to meet the extremely tight delivery required to help make the project successful.
This new investment further demonstrates Gear Motions’ commitment to exceeding their customers’ precision gear manufacturing technology needs from start to finish.