News

Technology Investment

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: http://www.studer.com/en/products/internal/s110.html
  • 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.

PEMTech

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. http://www.kennametal.com/en/resources/training.html

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: http://www.mmsonline.com/articles/a-manufacturing-road-map

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.

People

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImaGaAkbPAc&index=27&list=PLE7753C812C799F82

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.

Long Service Anniversaries May - September

  • Charlie Fischback 41 years
  • Bob Carriere 38 years
  • Earl McCann 25 years
  • Jeff Mandilk 23 years
  • Jason Barnhart 21 years
  • Robb Geise 21 years
  • Jeff Ley 20 years
  • Sue Boyes 18 years
  • Bob Nahas 18 years
  • Michele Pollock 18 years
  • Brad Short 16 years
  • Tim Nelson 13 years
  • Marin Marinov 12 years
  • Connie Bell 11 years
  • Mike Lyons 11 years
  • Lance Mousseau 11 years
  • Zac Muir 11 years
  • Ashish Patel 11 years
  • Jarod Seltenright 11 years

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.

Community

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.

April 16, 2015

On March 31, 2015, A.B. Heller completed its ISO14001 surveillance audit by NSF-ISR. We are proud of the auditor’s feedback that, in 18 years, ours is the cleanest plant he has reviewed.

January 20, 2015

A.B. Heller was proud to co-sponsor the 10th annual Ride for Autism The money is donated to local Autism Enrichment Organizations to benefit Autistic children and their families. To learn more, visit: www.rideforautism.com

September 16, 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, A.B. Heller co-sponsored the Heartland Community College Foundation Scoring FORE Scholarships fund-raiser. Since 2006, the program has raised over $250,000 and has granted 65 scholarships to 25 students.

A.B. Heller is supporting the Firepup Program of the Milford Fire Department again this year. The program reaches over 1,200 members of the Milford community through events at schools, safety fairs and other community gatherings.

Staff Member Recognition

May 01, 2014

Lori Smith, a 16-year veteran at A.B. Heller, has been recognized by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) for her work with her local school district. Congratulations, Lori! Read the whole story here: http://www.researchautism.org/resources/newsletters/2014/May2014.asp - Salute

New ISO Certification

April 01, 2014

We are proud to announce that A.B. Heller was certified to ISO 14001 in April 2014. The compliance program was developed by a cross-functional team within A.B. Heller, and included enhancements to our facility as well as the way we deal with product and supplies moving in and out of our facility. Congratulations to the team!