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Lenexa, Kansas – JANUARY, 2012

Microtool Installs a New Feeler VMP-580 Vertical Machining Center

Microtool’s newest machine is a Feeler Model VMP-580, which was purchased from McClain Tool and Technology. This machine comes with Fanuc 0i-MD control, 10,000 RPM/15HP spindle, and a 24-tool dual swing arm ATC. This vertical machining center is capable of a 1.9 second tool-to-tool change, 400 tool offsets, and an AICC – 40 block look ahead. Everyone here is looking forward to seeing what this machine can do. With the addition of this machine, it opens up a whole new product line for Microtool. The Feeler VMP-580 replaced the Bridgeport Torque-Cut 22 at the end of December 2011. “Even though the Bridgeport was still operable, we did not want to take a chance of it breaking down in the middle of a project, so we decided to upgrade to the Feeler VMP-580” Paul Rink, President of Microtool, stated when asked about why the Bridgeport was replaced. Microtool prides itself on staying current with technology in order to continue to provide our customers with quality parts in a timely manner.

Microtool Feeler Model VMP-580

Above: Microtool’s New Feeler VMP-580

 

Wichita, Kansas – OCTOBER, 2011

Microtool Exhibits at
Wichita Industrial Trade Show

Microtool, Inc had an exhibit booth in the Wichita Industrial Trade Show that was held October 18-20th, 2011 in Wichita, KS. The display was the same as was successfully used at the IMS 2011 tradeshow in Baltimore in June 2011. Microtool was represented by Paul Rink, Marty Oehmler and Bruce Williams.

When asked about the show, Mr. Rink said “It was a great show and a great experience. We got to see several of our current customers as well as make several new contacts.” Microtool received positive feedback, as well as some good exposure due to the show’s high attendance numbers. Mr. Oehmler said “The show was wonderful and provided Microtool with a multitude of potential customers’ information. We cannot wait to go back again.”

Paul Rink, Wichita, Microtool, Trade Show

Above: Microtool’s Paul Rink, CEO

 

Lenexa, Kansas – JUNE, 2011

Microtool Attends the 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium

 

2011 was the first year Microtool was an exhibitor at the largest international microwave exhibition. The booth design* was a replica of a Robo Drill with a looping video display featuring a part being machined. The part in the video was given away to potential customers visiting the booth. This allowed them to see of the quality of work Microtool produces.

Mr. Rink has had success every year he has attended the show with this year being no exception, “I believe we have generated more new leads and contacts than we have in the past because of the booth and the attendee’s being able to visually see what our shop is capable of producing.” The overall response in reference to the booth was positive.

Please view a cropped sample of the video to the right or use the link below to view the video on YouTube:

Robo Drill Demo Video

 

*Booth and video produced by
A-lure Design, LLC

Microtool Inc at IMS 2011

Above: Microtool’s Bruce Williams, Paul Rink and Marty Oehmler.

Microtool Inc at IMS 2011

Above: The Robo Drill booth with the looping video. Below: A cropped version of the video.

 
Microtool Inc at IMS 2011
Above: Bruce Williams with the Robo Drill booth.
 

Lenexa, Kansas – DECEMBER, 2010

Microtool Adds Electrolytic
Deburring Machine

Microtool is pleased to announce the addition of an electrolytic deburring machine, which is the first of its type ever used in the Midwest. This machine is the newest tool of the Precision Finishing department at Microtool, where employees inspect and perfect each part machined in house. Processes used in Finishing include inspection of each part under a 30x microscope, then removing burrs and other imperfections so our customers’ assembly processes run smoothly. The new deburring machine will significantly increase the number of parts that can be inspected and finished on a daily basis.

Paul Rink, president of Microtool, is enthusiastic about the newest addition to the Precision Finishing department. He is thrilled to have the first electrolytic deburr machine of this type in the area and cannot wait to utilize it to its full potential and show customers how effective the machine is. The machine can finish multiple parts simultaneously, instead of having to inspect them one at a time by hand.

This deburr machine uses a very precise direct electrical current that is applied through a specific solution to aide in the removal of burrs and other imperfections, all while polishing parts to a high shine. With the specialists in Precision Finishing and the deburr machine all working together at top speed, many parts can be inspected, deburred, and ready to ship at the end of each day.

 

Lenexa, Kansas – AUGUST, 2010

Microtool Installs 5th Fanuc
Robodrill Vertical Machining Center

Microtool Inc., Lenexa Kansas, has installed its fifth Fanuc Robodrill.

The 22-year-old firm, which specializes in ultra-precision machining, has built a strong reputation in machining electronic enclosures and radar components out of aluminum, brass and plastic.

The new Robodrill, a T21iFl VMC, was needed to keep up with the company’s growth. It was purchased from McClain Tool & Technology. It features 21 tools and a 24,000-rpm spindle. It joins a Robodrill Mate and three other Robodrill T21iFl VMCs.

“We are elated with the performance and reliability of the Robodrills,” noted Paul Rink, owner and founder. “The speed, accuracy and finish with the Robodrills is great. The Fanuc controls are tremendous.”

Microtool, which is ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) registered, serves customers nationwide in the electronics, defense, avionics, microwave, broadband and radar industries.

“We continue to upgrade our technology and processes,” noted Rink. He pointed out the firm’s precision finishing department with six employees doing their work under a 30x microscope.

“We have been told by others in the industry that we are one of the few custom shops providing this kind of work in the country.”

5th Robodrill

Above: Microtool’s Bruce Williams, Paul Rink and Marty Oehmler.

5th Robodrill 2

Above: A row of Robodrills at Microtool Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas.

 

Lenexa, Kansas – DECEMBER, 2009

Microtool Installs 4th
Fanuc Robodrill

Microtool Inc., Lenexa Kansas, has installed its fourth Fanuc Robodrill. The 21-year-old firm, which specializes in ultra-precision machining, has built a strong reputation in machining electronic enclosures and radar components out of high grade copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminum, graphite, ceramic and thermal plastics.

The new Robodrill, a T21iFl VMC, was a planned installation to with the company’s growth. It was purchased from McClain Tool & Technology. It features 21 tools and a 24,000-rpm spindle. It joins a Robodrill Mate and two other Robodrill T21iFl VMCs.

“We have been very pleased with the performance and reliability of the Robodrills,” noted Paul Rink, owner and founder. “McClain really helped us out with excellent service on this one. It was delivered on a Friday morning and was running parts by Monday morning.”

Microtool serves customers nationwide in the electronics, defense, avionics, microwave, broadband and radar industries.

“We are constantly upgrading our technology and processes,” noted Rink. “We are taking Microtool to the next level. We now have a precision finishing department with six employees doing their work under 30x microscopes. The feedback from the RF industry have informed us that we are: 'one of a few independent custom shops providing quantity production work of this caliber in the country.'”

Microtool Inc. Lenexa, Kansas announces ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) registration. Marty Oehlmer; General Manager of Microtool Inc. stated that the ITAR registration enables opportunities to participate in mission critical work requiring the level of expertise that Microtool Inc. has built its reputation throughout the industry. Microtool Inc. is currently pursuing ISO 9001:2008 compliancy. "We are patriotic and aware of the global competitive nature of this industry", Paul Rink; founder, stated. "Microtool Inc. is pleased to continually exceed our customers' expectations.”

4th robodrill

Above: Microtool’s Paul Rink, Marty Oehmler and Bruce WIlliams.

 

4th robodrill 2

Above: A row of three Fanuc Robodrill T21iF1
vertical machining centers at Microtool.

 

4th robodrill 3

Above: A Robodrill Mate at Microtool.

 

Lenexa, Kansas – FEBRUARY 2009

Microtool Celebrates 20 Years
& Installs 3 Fanuc Robodrills

Microtool Inc., Lenexa Kansas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has installed three new Fanuc Robodrills.

The firm, which specializes in ultra-precision machining, has built a strong reputation in machining electronic enclosures and radar components out of aluminum, brass and plastic.

Microtool was founded in 1989 by Paul Rink in a 1,250 sq-ft. facility. Today, the company’s 25 employees operate in a 5,000-sqft. facility with plans for future expansion.

The new Robodrills (a Robodrill Mate and two-T21iFl VMCs) were needed to replace and upgrade other equipment. They were purchased from McClain Tool & Technology The VMCs long beds feature 21 tools and a 24,000-rpm spindles.

“We are elated with the quality of the equipment and the service provided by McClain. These machines have been maintenance free,” noted Rink. “For smaller parts, their speed is the fastest available. We have seen dramatic improvements in our cycle times. When we make a .0001” offset adjustment, that’s exactly what we get. The Fanuc controls are also
very operator friendly.”

Microtool serves customers
nationwide in the electronic, defense, avionics, microwave, broadband and radar industries. “We are constantly upgrading our technology,” noted Rink. “Combined with our seasoned crew (six Microtool machinists have over 20 years of experience each) we deliver precise quality Millimeter Wave components.”

Paul Bruce Marty

Above: Microtool’s Paul Rink, Bruce WIlliams and Marty Oehmler.


two robodrills

Above: Two of Microtool’s Fanuc Robodrills.


Microtool can be contacted at:
(913) 492-1588; Fax (913) 492-1591;
14430 West 100th Street, Lenexa Kansas 66215;
www.microtoolinc.com; or sales@microtoolinc.com.

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