On Tuesday night we were lucky enough to be a part of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance’s (BNMA) monthly meeting. The BNMA offered us the opportunity to host a plant tour before dinner, and we couldn’t say yes fast enough. We were honored to realize that over 115 BNMA members and associates came through our doors!
Guests from many local manufacturers came to our Grimsby Drive location to see our operations. They got an up-close and personal look at turning centers, robots, and a linear pallet pool. We forced everyone to sit through a “Staub history lesson”, but hopefully made up for it by providing some homemade cookies.
We organized the tour to be self-guided. We opened up our doors, and strategically stationed employees around our Grimsby Drive plant. Our staff’s job was to teach our guests about the areas that they represented. We had such a wide range of guests, the dynamic of the tour was very interesting. Conversations featured our staff explaining our processes to bankers, machinists, and engineers – often at the same time!
We had three employees explaining our Turning Centers and robotics, and three more talking about our Linear Pallet Pool and horizontal mills. As usual, guests were mesmerized by our Fanuc robots unloading, washing, drying, and packing parts. Also, though, many guests were able to talk details about machining, tooling, and special processes with our machine operators. Tony and Jim were freelancing around the shop showing guests the details, organization, and processes that they’ve developed over the years… and handing out cookies.
Our Additive team took guests through the 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing process. There is a lot that one can learn about 3D Printing in a short amount of time! Guests saw all three of our 3D printers making parts, and got to learn how they work. Billy was busy explaining how our customers use 3D Printed parts, which was the most common question of the night. He showed customers concept models, prototypes, sales samples, end-use parts, and even molds. Every guest got to take home a special edition 3D printed model, and hopefully learned something new about Additive Manufacturing.
In our meeting room, we delivered presentations about our company. 2015 is our 40th year in business, so we tried to help guests understand how we got to where we are today. Alicia and I described the company as we are today, and explained Tony’s evolution into unattended machining. Not only did we give a history lesson, but we also shared where we’re headed in 2015. We’ve just ordered a 5-axis machining center with automated pallet handling, and we decided to unveil those plans to our BNMA guests on Tuesday night.
The BNMA graciously invited all 14 of our tour staff members to dinner with the group. BNMA President Kevin Calvello remarked that Tuesday’s meeting broke an attendance record – even out drawing the annual BNMA golf outing! We had a nice dinner at Curley’s, and got to interact with a great group of BNMA members and associates into the evening.
From the entire Staub family, thank you so much to the BNMA! We’re very flattered and grateful to have had such a great turnout and response to the tour of our company.