American Machinist

Shop thrives on high volumes and long runs.(Shop Shots)

SOME SHOPS WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A JOB THAT RUNS FOR six months, But Curtis Screw Co, Inc. not only passes up such jobs, it also shies away frown ones that run for as long as two years. Instead, the New York-based producer of machined components goes after work in the 3-to-5-year (and longer) range.

"When it comes to volumes," says Ed LeClair, vice president of operations at Curtis Screw, "we are at the high end compared to virtually any other screw-machine operation. The low and of our business is about 500,000 pieces/year, the middle is about 1 to 2 million pieces, and the high end is 10 to 12 million pieces."

For the range of parts it processes, Curtis Screw uses Swiss machines for close-tolerance, high-precision parts; single-spindle and multispindles for conventional parts; and rotary-transfer machines for complex parts requiring secondary operations. …

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