Technology Investment

March 1, 2017

In the fourth quarter of 2016, we put a new Studer S11 OD grinder into service. This equipment gives us the capability to do match grinding, utilizing the on-board in-process gauging. We are holding match clearances of .004mm

The addition of the S11 brings our total equipment investment to $10 million over the last decade!

January 1, 2016

In the fourth quarter of 2015, we added these machines to our floor:

  • A Studer S110 ID grinder to augment our capabilities for close tolerance (+/- 0.002mm) bore finishing, giving us control over processes we previously had to outsource. See more about the machine at:
  • A Citizen L32 Swiss turning center, bringing our Swiss capabilities to (2) 20mm machines and (2) 32mm machines
  • A Fanuc Wire EDM for production and low-volume work

Our total new technology equipment investment for 2015 exceeded $1.2 million. These important additions and upgrades keep us current with industry techniques and processes, while expanding our service offerings to clients. Keeping previously outsourced processes in-house allows us to retain tighter project control from start to finish.

October 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce our equipment additions for the third quarter of 2015:

  • A six-station Engis Hone with the capability of finishing bores in the 3–10mm range to close size and geometry tolerances (~.001mm)
  • A Zygo NewView for the Quality lab, which upgraded our non-contact surface measurement capability. The NewView replaces our first-generation Zygo and adds the capability of surface analysis in multiple planes

January 20, 2015

  • A.B. Heller put a new Citizen A32 CNC Swiss turning center into service in November 2014. The machine features full live tooling capability on main and sub-spindles along with high pressure coolant and the capability of running 12 foot bars.
  • A.B. Heller is working with global suppliers to bring Precision/Pulse Electro Chemical Machining (PECM) to our North American customers.  The process has the capability to generate very small, complicated geometries in areas and configurations not conducive to traditional machining.


September 16, 2014

In June, a team from A.B. Heller attended Methods Machine Tools’ Metalstorm in Massachusetts to review and learn about the latest in machining and inspection technology.

June 01, 2014

A.B. Heller continues the tradition of capital investment to maintain and upgrade our technology. Additions since October 2013 include:

  • A Studer S20 OD/ID grinder to provide for in-house close tolerance finishing development
  • Two Nakamura NTY3 turn/mills, bringing our total to five
  • Precision blasting/deburring equipment for fine-edge conditioning
  • A Peter Wolters AC-700 fine grinder, marking the fourth renewal of our fine grinding technology in 20 years

In May, a team from A.B. Heller attended Kennametal’s Technology Day in Holzgünz, Germany to investigate emerging non-traditional machining and deburring technologies.

In June, a team from A.B. Heller attended Methods Machine Tools’ Metalstorm in Massachusetts to review and learn about the latest in machining and inspection technology.

Industry Events

June 18, 2015

In April, two individuals from A.B. Heller participated in the Precision Machined Products Association’s (PMPA) 54th Annual National Technical Conference that brings precision machining professionals from across the U.S. and Canada together to learn and share best practices.

A.B. Heller’s Proactive Engineering group attended technical product demonstrations this quarter, sponsored by Methods Machine Tools and Gosiger, to stay up to date on the latest manufacturing technology affecting our customers.

April 16, 2015

A.B. Heller was featured in the January 28, 2015, issue of Modern Machine Shop. The article focused on the importance of a well-planned ERP implementation and its benefits. Check it out here:

A team from A.B. Heller will be attending the Precision Machined Products Association National Technical Conference and the Precision Machining Technology Show in Columbus, Ohio, April 19–21. Both events provide a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in manufacturing technology.

September 16, 2014

A team from A.B. Heller will be attending the High Horsepower Summit October 7-9 to study large engine technology and the proliferation of liquid natural gas (LNG) into this market.


July 22, 2016

A.B. Heller recently celebrated Bob Nahas and Justin Anderson as the most recent graduates from our Apprentice Program. CEO Bob Dalton commented, “April 21, 2016, was an A.B. Heller career highlight day for me. On that date, Mary Beth Koski from the Department of Labor and I presented Justin Anderson and Bob Nahas their journeyman machinist diplomas. Justin has been an A.B. Heller employee for 13 years and Bob for 19 years.” They each completed their associate degree at Washtenaw Community College and spent over 8,000 hours of hands-on time in our plant. Both have taken positions at A.B. Heller, Bob as Quality Engineer and Justin as New Technology Engineer.

A.B. Heller associates Jarod Seltenright and Danielle McMillan presented their coursework in April at the Washtenaw Community College Robotics Open House. Check out this link to see a video of the cell! Jarod and Danielle transformed their coursework with the automated nightlight assembly cell into a 70th anniversary memento for our upcoming Open House.

On December 6, 2016, A.B. Heller will celebrate 70 years in business. Watch for more information on our history throughout the coming months.

The key to our 70 years of success is the dedication of the people we work with each day. We are happy to recognize the following long service anniversaries for May – September:

  • Charlie Fischback 42 years
  • Bob Carriere 38 years
  • Earl McCann 26 years
  • Jeff Mandilk 23 years
  • Jason Barnhart 22 years
  • Robb Geise 22 years
  • Jeff Ley 21 years
  • Sue Boyes 19 years
  • Bob Nahas 19 years
  • Michele Pollock 19 years
  • Brad Short 17 years
  • Tim Nelson 14 years
  • Mike Lyons 13 years
  • Marin Marinov 13 years
  • Connie Bell 12 years
  • Lance Mousseau 12 years
  • Zac Muir 12 years
  • Ashish Patel 12 years
  • Jarod Seltenright 12 years
  • Cecilio Galloza 10 years
  • Sean Kanouse 10 years

March 21, 2016

Long Service Anniversaries: October – April

  • John Richardson 30 years
  • Mike Ford 28 years
  • John Martz 25 years
  • Ken Faris 19 years
  • Joe Smith 19 years
  • Art King 18 years
  • Kerry Nahas 18 years
  • Dan O’Connell 18 years
  • Lori Smith 18 years
  • Ardith Underhill 18 years
  • Mark Martin 15 years
  • Shelley Edwards 14 years
  • Joe Tobkin 14 years
  • Justin Anderson 12 years
  • Stephanie Hartsoe 12 years
  • Chris Martin 12 years
  • Dave Hackman 11 years
  • Don Reich 11 years
  • Bob Dalton 10 years

June 18, 2015

A.B. Heller apprentices Justin Anderson and Bob Nahas presented their Robotics project at the Washtenaw Community College Open House in April. Both Justin and Bob are in their final year of their apprenticeships at A.B. Heller. Congratulations to Justin and Bob on a great project.

You can see a video of the robot in action here:

Since its inception, five individuals have earned their Journeyman Machinist’s card through our apprentice program. We currently have four people in the program and have begun the selection process for the 2015 candidate.

April 16, 2015

With safety as a core company value, we are focused on maintaining a safe workplace. A.B. Heller was recently recognized by the Manufacturing Technology Mutual Insurance Company for having an exceptionally low injury rate. For the 12 months ended December 2014, our injury rate was 0.85 recordable injuries for every 100 employees, well below the national average of 4.


July 25, 2016

A.B. Heller has completed another successful ISO 14001 environmental certification surveillance with no findings.

A.B. Heller supported the 8th Annual Box Car Derby in Ann Arbor with parts for the competitors’ cars. The event raised more than $15,000 for ALS research. Highlights of the race are here: 2016 Boxcar Derby Highlights

We were proud to be a sponsor of the Ride for Autism again this year. To learn more, visit Pictured below are Ashish Patel, Rachael Adams and Joe Smith.

On June 25th, A.B. Heller Quality Director Robb Geise participated in the St. John’s Providence Mt. LeConte Challenge climb to fight breast cancer. There were 50 climbers who raised about $90,000. Learn more here. Congratulations to Robb and his fellow climbers!

March 21, 2016

On December 6, 2016, A.B. Heller will celebrate 70 years in business. We couldn’t be more proud of how the company has grown and all it has accomplished. Through true team effort, we’ve been able to realize our corporate vision with great success leading to this major milestone. Watch for more information on our history throughout the coming months.