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About: Large Scale Welding Fabrication and Large Machining at K&M Machine-Fabricating, Inc.

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Improving quality. Ensuring timely delivery. Reducing manufacturing costs.

K&M is a full service, one stop shop, contract manufacturing company producing large machined parts and large fabrications to our customers’ specifications. K&M is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Our large machining equipment and fabrication shop can handle your large part needs. Our burn and assembly capabilities support large fabricating and large machining projects.

Based in Cassopolis, Michigan, K&M consists of a 3 building complex located on 92 acres. K&M’s 378,000 square-foot manufacturing facilities consists of:

  • A machine shop with more than 35 state of the art CNC machines and value added assembly areas.
  • A separate fabrication facility with robotic welders, submerged arc welding, MIG and TIG semi-automatic welding, blast booth, and paint booth.
  • A dedicated burn shop with laser, plasma and oxy-fuel steel plate cutting capabilities.

K&M is located in beautiful southwestern Michigan in Cassopolis, which is strategically located within easy driving distance of Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and South Bend Indiana. The plant is a two hour drive from Chicago and a two and a half hour drive from Detroit.

Here are just a few of the reasons why it makes sense to outsource with K&M:

  • Provide improved quality and delivery in the face of increasing global competition
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Reduce capital investment
  • Obtain processes that are not available internally
  • Redirect resources from non-core activities to those that better serve your customer
  • To share risk; companies that outsource become more flexible, dynamic and adaptable

Our company provides a variety of services to companies seeking outsourced fabrication and CNC machining of large steel components in south-west Michigan. Our services are designed to support our customers during rapid new job startup and series production.

Engineering

K&M Machine Fabricating - Fixture Design & Build

Fixture Design & Build

K&M’s engineering provides fast quote turnaround, design for manufacturability evaluation, fixture design and build, tool design, project management, control plan, and PFMEA. K&M engineering is experienced in the latest tooling, welding, and machining processes. This experience is applied to our customers’ products to provide a cost effective and high quality manufacturing process.

Machining

K&M Machine Fabricating – Machining a Large Fabrication for a Mining Truck Frame

Machining a Large Fabrication for a Mining Truck Frame

K&M’s flexible machine shop is production oriented and can handle large machining. Over 35 CNC machines with the latest technology are installed.

Fabrication

K&M Machine Fabricating - Welding Crawler for Mining Industry

Welding Crawler for Mining Industry

K&M’s fabrication shop offers multiple robotic welding cells complemented by certified welding specialists trained in a variety of techniques. Large fabrications are our specialty. AWS qualified welders and AWS Certified Welding Inspectors on staff.

Inspection

K&M Machine Fabricating - Inspection of Long Wall Miner Haulage Frame

Inspection of Long Wall Miner Haulage Frame

K&M’s inspection capabilities include a large CMM and a Faro Laser Tracker.

Burning

K&M Machine-Fabricating - Laser Burner

Laser Burner

K&M’s in-house burn shop offers a multiple head plasma and a laser burning table that can handle a broad range of plate sizes and thicknesses.

Assembly

K&M Machine Fabricating - Cab for construction crane. Fabricated, machined, assembled and painted at K&M.

Cab for construction crane. Fabricated, machined, assembled and painted at K&M.

K&M offers cost-effective electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical assembly services.

Sculpture Fabrication

"Jendiva" by Michael Dunbar, Sculpture Fabrication on K&M Machine-Fabricating Inc.'s Campus

Jendiva” by Michael Dunbar, Sculpture Fabrication on K&M Machine-Fabricating Inc.’s Campus

K&M’s nationally recognized Sculpture Fabrication Division provides a useful resource for artists that work with large scale metal designs.


K&M has provided outsourced large fabrications and large machining services since our inception in 1951. Today K&M provides a variety of outsourced large fabrication and large machining services to the following Industries:

Power Generation

K&M Machine Fabricating - Machined Engine Block for the Power Generation Industry

Machined Engine Block for the Power Generation Industry

K&M machines large fabricated and cast engine blocks. We can machine an engine block complete or we can perform specific operations to supplement our customers’ machining capacity.  Our large vertical gantry mills and large horizontal boring mills equipped with right angle and universal heads and spindle extensions give K&M the versatility and reach needed for complex machining.  We fabricate and machine oil pans and skids for generator sets that are used on land and at sea.  K&M capabilities to burn, weld, machine, paint, and 100% inspect make us an ideal partner for contract manufacturing of large and heavy components for the power generation industry.

Oil & Gas

K&M Machine Fabricating - Machining Crawler for Drilling Rig

Machining Crawler for Drilling Rig

K&M has the capability to provide large fabrications and large machining services for the oil and gas industry. We are currently providing series production large machining services for jack up rigs and for roughing of fluid ends.  Certification of welding processes by third party witness is a requirement of oil and gas industry customers.  K&M has a robust ISO 9001:2008 quality system in place that meets the requirements of oil and gas industry customers.

Machine Tools

K&M Machine Fabricating - Machining a CNC Router Base

Machining a CNC Router Base

K&M supplies fabricated and machined bases, gantries, frames and other components for customers in the machine tool industry. Like other industries the US machine tool industry competes with off shore suppliers.  Companies, like K&M, that supply to the US machine tool industry face the same offshore competition.  K&M offers quick delivery times, competitive total cost and high quality that make US sourcing of large machined fabrications the right choice for US machine tool manufacturers.  The large vertical gantry mills and large boring mills with right angle and universal heads and spindle extensions can often machine a large component in a single setup.  This reduces machining variation and delivers high accuracy for location, perpendicularity and parallelism of machined surfaces.

Mining Equipment

K&M Machine Fabricating - Fabricated and Machined Gearbox for Mining Industry Drag Line

Fabricated and Machined Gearbox for Mining Industry Drag Line

K&M supplies large fabrication and large machining services to some of the largest global mining equipment suppliers. The large components supplied by K&M are used in above ground and underground mining equipment.  The above ground mining truck applications range from 35 ton to 400 ton capacity mining trucks; additionally, K&M also supplies components for the large wheel loaders to service these trucks.  The underground applications include cutter heads for continuous miners and large components for long wall miners.  Capability to 100% dimensionally inspect these components is very important to mining equipment customers.  K&M has the large inspection capabilities that are required.

Wind Power

K&M Machine Fabricating - Machining a Wind Turbine Base

Machining a Wind Turbine Base

K&M’s experience in the wind power industry includes fabrication and machining for some of the largest suppliers of wind turbines in the world. The harsh service environment and remote location of wind turbines mandate that component parts are manufactured to the highest quality standards.  Many wind turbine components are ductile iron castings.  K&M has extensive experience in machining ductile iron castings.  This includes wind turbine bases and hubs.

Construction Equipment

K&M Machine Fabricating – Machined Construction Industry Crane Structure

Machined Construction Industry Crane Structure

K&M has provided large fabrication, machining and assembly services for the construction industry. Large components produced include booms and sticks for cranes and car bodies and operators cabs for construction cranes.

Agricultural Equipment

K&M Machine Fabricating - Tractor Frame Machining

Tractor Frame Machining

K&M has machined several models of frames for agricultural vehicles. We also have the capability to fabricate these structures.  There have been several occasions where the manufacturer of agricultural vehicles had a gap between demand for a product and the availability of in-house capacity.  K&M tooled up existing capacity in a short lead time to fill this gap and allow the manufacturer to meet customer demand while in-house capacity was brought on-line.  K&M has also machined prototype frames so that the equipment manufacturer could avoid interruption of production machining to produce prototypes.  K&M’s has open capacity to meet our customers’ short term needs.

Locomotive Components

K&M Machine Fabricating – Machining Locomotive Oil Pan

Machining Locomotive Oil Pan

K&M provides large fabrication and machining services for the locomotive industry. Our portfolio includes steering beams, air boxes and oil pans.

Our equipment list includes a wide variety of large capacity CNC milling machines including:

  • Horizontal Boring Mills: PAMA Speedram 2000/3, Pama Speedmat 3/TR25, Mitsubishi MHT13/1250, Mitsubishi MAF-S150A, Mitsubishi MHT13/1618, Toshiba BF-130B, Hyundai-Kia KBN135
  • Vertical Double Column Bridge Mills: Mitsubishi MUR35, Mitsubishi MVR30, SNK RB-7VM, SNK HF-7M, SNK RB-6VM, SNK RB-5VM
  • Horizontal Machine Centers – CNC: Niigata HN80D, PAMA Speedmat 3/TR16, Toshiba BMC-1000

Partial Equipment List

Large Machining Machine 115 Smallest Large Boring Mill

Picture # 1 – Machine #115
K&M’s Smallest Boring Mill

Mitsubishi M-HT 13/1250
Pallet Size of 1.2 m X 1.25 m
Axis Travel – 1.6 m X, 1.5 m Y, 1.6 m Z

Large Machining Machine 112 Largest Large Boring Mill

Picture # 2 – Machine #112
K&M’s Largest Boring Mill

PAMA Speedram 2000/3
Rotary Table 3 m X 3 m
Fixed Tables 4 m X 10 m and 4 m X 5 m
Axis Travel – 20 m X, 5.2 m Y, 3 m Z

 

Machine # 114  - K&M’s Smallest Large Vertical Gantry Mill - Picture #3

Picture #3 – Machine # 114
K&M’s Smallest Vertical Gantry Mill

Mitsubishi MVR30
Table Size 2 Meters X 5 Meters
Axis Travel – 5.2 m X, 3 m Y, 1.5 m Z

Machine # 111  K&M’s Largest Large Vertical Gantry Mill - Picture #4

Picture #4 – Machine # 111
K&M’s Largest Vertical Gantry Mill

SNK HF-7M
Table Size 3.5 Meters X 10 Meters
Axis Travel – 11 m X, 4.7 m Y, 2.45 m Z

 

Machine # 99 K&M’s Smallest Large HMC - Picture #5

Picture # 5 – Machine # 99
K&M’s Smallest HMC

Niigata HN80D
Pallet Size 0.8 Meters X 0.8 Meters
Axis Travel – 1.5 m X, 1.2 m Y, 1 m Z

Machine # 126 K&M’s Largest Large HMC - Picture #6

Picture # 6 – Machine # 126
K&M’s Largest HMC

PAMA Speedmat 4/16
Pallet Size 2 Meters X 2.5 Meters
Axis Travel – 3.8 m X, 3 m Y, 3.4 m Z

 

Laser Burner - Picture #7

Picture # 7 – Laser Burner

Plasma / Oxy-Fuel Burner - Picture # 8

Picture # 8 – Plasma / Oxy-Fuel Burner

 

Tack On Layout Table - Picture # 9

Picture # 9 – Tack On Layout Table

Tack In Tack Fixture - Picture # 10

Picture # 10 – Tack In Tack Fixture

 

Robot Headstock / Tailstock - Picture # 11

Picture # 11 – Robot Headstock / Tailstock

Tandem Wire Robot Positioner - Picture #12

Picture # 12 – Tandem Wire Robot Positioner

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