Introducing a New

Jan 28

When I went to Rochester Institute of Technology back in 1989, I brought my personal computer a advanced 289 powerhouse purchased from CompuAdd at a local highway store. There was no Gateway, Dell or others. Apple had a simple computer that could also do the basics as did my CompuAdd machine. I could type out term papers and essays right in my room, no need to brave the Rochester NY winters going to the computer lab. I quickly become friends in college with a Tor Gunderson, a native of Fairport N.Y. and as a graphic design major he was extremely creative and would often act as a sounding board for projects that were in my curriculum. He would spend hours drawing for classes, freehand as computers were not introduced to their classes, computers were not advanced enough to complete their projects. Computers entered their curriculum late into our collegiate career. At RIT we had an “email” system called the VAX system. It was a simplistic e-mail server that really was a pain to use would crash often and would be problematic in so many ways.

During our college coursework, he did a couple of projects for me and Royal Master that we used, a presentation folder, and a few brochures. Upon competition of college we continued to work together on various projects. He married another Graphic design major, Dina, and a few years later, Creative Thunder Designs was born.( )
Around 12 years ago Royal Master’s first website was born, and six years ago I approached him about and our satellite site was born as a virtual tradeshow booth for IMTS. Last year we embarked on our new site at We used facetime, dropbox, skype, and other online tools to accomplish this new site on weekends and evenings. We often commented about how much easier everything was from our first website where we would Fedex 8×10 glossy photos to Georgia for his to scan, and place into the site. Our daughters would talk on-line as Tor and I would work and they became fast friends even having never met in person.

Technology is amazing and it moves fast. In 20 years time, we went from a state of the art 286 computer, to virtual meetings , digital photography, internet, and on-line tools
Visit our new website, and do not forget about our site. As IMTS approaches, look for some really cool things from Royal Master. We are taking centerless grinding to a whole different level with innovative programming technology, and automation technology.

We are also looking for the Royal Master Machine that has the most infeed cycles on it. To date we have a machine in Germany that has over 23,000,000 million cycles on it, a Generation X with over 16 million cycles and a Gen 4 with over 18 million wires ground. We will have a really cool gift for you if you can beat those numbers!

Have a Happy New Year

Dec 31

The year is winding down and a lot has taken place this year and we are looking forward to next year. This past year we participated in CIMT in China, EMO in Germany for exhibitions, shipped over 70 machines, and had a healthy group of employees. This is all you could ask for.

Both Shows were successful and we earned business from both. We found that EMO drew a large eastern European audience as well as a large Russian audience. EMO was a good show from a lot of reasons, our world wide competition exhibited and we found that we stacked up well with all of them. The accuracy that our machines can achieve, combined with our smaller footprint was well received. When comparing to our larger machine competition, we equaled their quoted accuracy in less than half of the footprint. We also learned that we are very adaptable to customer requests for special engineering. In one case a potential customer arrived at the booth and we discussed his intentions, and the next day I presented a on-line meeting via my IPAD to review their custom operator assist device. We logged into our server, met with our engineers whom designed their feeder overnight. I received the purchase order for the equipment the next week.

For 2014 we have MDM West and IMTS coming up again. Both are large shows for us and we like to have good presence at each. In both cases we will be introducing new technology to our existing and future customers. We are looking forward to IMTS the most as we will have some really cool technology to display and show off. As the time gets closer we will be letting everyone know more, but I can assure you it is a pretty big deal what we are working on.

Back in October a childhood friend of mine Chris Paulsen who is a professor of automotive restoration at McPherson College in Kansas was invited to participate in an interesting challenge. He was asked to race a Tesla Model S from Detroit, MI to Long Island, a 1915 Model T Ford. As a pre’15 car enthusiast he could not say no. A very prominent Car magazine sponsored the event and if you would like to follow a thread on a car blog from a few days after the event, click on the link below

Scroll down to October 17th at 12:32 for the results.

I was recently invited to visit the Dunwoody college of Technology in Minneapolis Minnesota. Our host was very gracious in giving us a tour of all that they have to offer. Their Robotics and manufacturing technology program was very impressive and gives hope that there is young people interested in manufacturing. If you would like more details about their programs or how to hire their graduates visit
Please have a happy and healthy new year and I’ll let you know what we have in store for the new year soon.

Its Just who we are…..

Oct 18

I write this as I’m sitting in an airport hotel just having spent a week visiting customers. This was one week that was truly enjoyable to travel. Weather was great, had a couple of great meals at unexpected restaurants at my destinations, and met some really nice customers. I write this blog as a way for customers to get to know us as a company, our personalities and our people. Half of the customers I visited this week made mention of my blog and different stories from it. It was extremely satisfying from my standpoint. After all we are a company made of people, 50 of us. We are 50 distinct personalities, but the thing I am most proud of the company that my Father, Rodney and Myself own is all of these people work hard everyday to build centerless grinding machines. Each one of them not only works for a paycheck, that’s a given, but they believe in the product that we build. If you have ever been to our factory, each and everyone of them is happy to talk with you, show you their little niche, and share their interests out of the factory walls. Its just who we are. This blog is a way to reflect this and I hope it comes through that way.

Just over a year ago Todd our chief engineer was riding his bike lunchtime as he did everyday, and was struck by a car. He was airlifted to the nearest trauma center. After a number of months of critical care, he returned to work fulltime two months ago. To celebrate the one year anniversary we arranged a surprise bike ride for him to mirror a portion of that fateful day’s route. With a local police escort 20 employees and his wife and daughter joined us for a ride with Todd leading the way.

Off to EMO and Meet Our Scrap Guy of 32 years

Sep 12

Tomorrow I will leave for EMO and I am looking forward to meeting many customers and also seeing what is new. Others come to our Stand to discuss centerless grinders with us, I also go shopping for equipment when I visit different shows. I am looking for a EDM, as well as a small mill and different technology in cutting tools for milling cast iron. With the worldwide appeal of EMO, there will be many choices and options.

EMO is also know for its outlandish displays. The Ice bars, Cirque De Soleil performances, and Live Tigers, the cutting tool pavilion never lets you down with the one up-man ship. Ill bring back photos and post them.

Following up on the posts of getting rid of the Orion 2200 machining center a couple of years ago, to day we got rid of another relic. A 10,000 pound Cincinnati Cinturn. This was one of the first CNC machines purchased here and originally ran on a punch tape. Over the years we upgraded the control, and other elements of the system, however our Okuma was too fast and efficient, so over the course of the last 10 years the jobs we ran on it dwindled to zero and then it was taking up space. Today with the help of our Longtime scrap guy we shoved it on his truck.

When asked how the heck he was going to get it off, he very matter of fact stated, drive as fast as you can in reverse at the yard, and hit the brakes. He paused and added I better put my seat belt on.

An Update On Whats Going On

Aug 14

The summer is not quite over however we are getting geared up for the fall season and with a full build sheet and commitments into November . We are excited about the remainder of the year and having another great year of growth.
We have shipped a number of the Generation X3 machines as they have become popular around the world. We have received commitments for purchase from Russian, Korean and Chinese companies as well as the American Company that helped launch the project. The more the word gets out the more sample grinding we are doing on it, producing a revolutionary way to produce micromachined parts that need a sub spindle fourth axis.

We also have shipped our EMO show machine and its is on its way. We are in a small 4.5m square stand in Halle 11, Stand B05. We are bringing a Hi-Accuracy Machine to the show grinding a valve spool. We are enthused to reconnect with our European Customers as well as the many other countries that visit this show. If you have never been, it is like IMTS, however with a much different international flair. The Stands serve coffee, drinks, and food all day. Many are raised off the floor 2’-3” for a much grander stance Most are custom designed and made on the show floor from plywood, then spackled and painted. Royal Master has a much simpler design then we do at IMTS. We use their standard booth, put down our flooring and power up our machine. We bring a simple Coffee maker and buy some cookies at a local grocery store, but yet every time we have exhibited, we gain plenty of business from the exhibition. We have gained sales from Bulgaria, Turkey, and many Western European Companies from this exhibition.

On a much lighter note, Recently we had a long time employee retire. Marilyn was a staple in our company for many years. Replacing Margaret in the mid 1990’s she answered phones then went to work in purchasing. After her retirement I calculated the average tenure of our employee. Our employees have been here for an average of 17 years. John Srt and I take great pride in this as we like to think we provide a nice place to work, with a good group of people who truly care about what we do here, and care about our customers.

When she left her parking space came available. After figuring out who was moving where, and making the changes, one of our employees brought in his “ Sunday Driver “ and was worried when Rich parked his pickup next to his corvette. At afternoon break, we made the appropriate modification to his parking place.

I’ll be blogging from EMO in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

So what is the latest From Royal Master Grinders?

May 13

In April I was in China for a IMTS style show. Its IMTS of China and it is called appropriately the China International Manufacturing Technology Show. This is the 4th time I have exhibited there since 1997. Every two years I have to say China has changed and continues to change, but there are a few things that always amaze me.
1. IMTS had 100,000 visitors this past show, CIMT drew 250,000+ visitors for the same amount of show days
2. The machine tools that are available in China are massive, and they bring them to the show. You need to make axle housings for a Caterpiller dumptruck. Not just a small over the road type, but one that is use in mining, they had a machine on the floor with that axle housing on its bed
3. The Chinese people are friendly and Love American Machine tools. The thinking that they want to copy our equipment is a thought that enters into your mind, however Royal Master has had great success selling our equipment and filling niches that other domestically Chinese made products could not fill.
4. They respect quality and have a desire to making quality products. We have installed a number of machines, and tolerances of ½ micron are not something that they run from, it is demanded
One of my first trips to China, I distinctly remember looking out my hotel room window and being amazed at the number of Bicycles and three wheeled tricycles. It was a virtual traffic Jam of legs and pedals. Most had items strapped to them, Coal or water bottles or random items. This trip I sat and looked out and admired a Traffic Jam or cars of all kinds. Mercedes, Buick, Ford, and lots of Hyundai and Volkswagen. The whole thing is just very cool to see the progress

One of the most interesting items is that we enter the hall during set-up the security guards were barking at me. Since I have no idea what they were saying, I not so politely walked right by them. Luckly no one followed me nor did I get locked up. However I found out later that I needed to purchase a hardhat for protection.

Other Photos from my trip to China

Machine Being Delivered to our Booth

Not our machine, Thank goodness

Beautiful Beijing

The view the next day

Lets Talk United and Continental Merger.
Raise your hand if you have flown United lately. All I have to say is you can REALLY tell when you have a original United Plane, they really need updating. Continental customers that flew the Asia routes a lot got spoiled. Friendly and prompt service, even in Coach class. Food was not horrible, never lacking for a smile. I flew from San Francisco to Seoul a few weeks ago and had a United Crew on a REALLY OLD 747. You had the common screen at the front of the Bulkhead, and gross seats and thread bare carpets. United, please get your act together and quick

Home for 14 hours

The Latest, MDM West, and a whole lot more

Feb 26

It has been to long since I have blogged. During this lapse a lot has happened here at Royal Master Grinders. Most recently we exhibited at the MDM West show where we introduced a new machine for grinding dental parts. Our Generation X3 machine used a fully motorized fourth axis that can rotate from zero to 90 degrees to crate helical geometries on parts. Already having orders for 3 units, we are excited about this introduction. It will open up a whole new field for us and give us added capabilities in the medical device market for even more complex profiles.

Going back to the end of the year, Royal Master had a great 2012, strong sales, good interest which has put us in a nice position for a successful 2013. We have had a great cross section of machine sales from many industries, medical being strong, as well as the machine tool field. This was reinforced by a successful IMTS. This September show was not only successful in bringing us immediate sales on the show floor, but the immediate follow-up with strong sales after the show was good to see. The fact that there was good traffic at the show, qualified buyers roaming the asiles and lots of good projects in our booth gives us great optimism for the next two years of business.
Last week was a milestone of sorts for my father and myself. My Oldest daughter who you have been introduced to before in this blog is 10 years old, and she had a week off of school. She had a cake baking camp in the mornings, but in the afternoons my wife and I took turns watching her and our youngest daughter. Wednesday afternoon they came back to RMG and with a lot of work to be done in our shipping department, our oldest was put to work. She did an admirable job, putting a smile on the faces of her grandfather, and her father both. I was then reminded by a few people, they remember me, at that age, mowing the lawn and counting inventory. This Friday the third Generation of Memmelaar’s will officially receive a paycheck from Royal Master.

That was a quick update For those who have followed me for a while on this blog, The Embassy Suites in Anaheim still has not made their coffee any better, and the United Airlines airplanes left over from 1985 with the telephones in the arm rests REALLY need to be retired a fresh coat of paint on the outside does not make them new. Those are two topics for another day.

Thanks for reading


IMTS 2012 is Now Closed

Sep 17

Well, IMTS 2012 is finished and we got home last night from a wild show where we saw great business, sold a couple of machines from the floor, as well as had a great amount of potential business.

Outside of the normal day to day business we enjoyed eating in Chicago, lunches from many of the Deli’s Carbonara Mexican, Jimmy John’s, and Pot Belly Deli. It beats pizza and Hamburgers every day from Convention Center. For Dinner we enjoyed Heaven on Seven for Cajun Food, Wildfire for Steak Night, Chicago Culinary Institute, Texas De Brazil, and Giordano’s for Pizza Thanks to all of those who kept our tanks full.

This year we had two IMTS rookies at the show Ryan and Jesse. Over the years we had different variations of Initiation. Our last rookie was treated to a hot sauce taste test at Heaven on Seven, where he had to eventually sign a waiver, and was warned not to pick-up the bottle without a napkin. The result was a glass of milk to quench the fire, and a round of applause from all of us with a big congratulations

This year we had a newer style of initiation. A pink bike helmet and lab coat that Jesse and ryan had to wear from the parking garage to the booth. Both wore it well, were good sports, and have passed with flying colors.

Below are a few photos


Todd and Bob as I had previously mentioned ride their bicycles in the morning, they decided that they would play a prank on me. I opened my door to my room in the morning on Monday and this is what I found.

The following photo is of us bring the bikes back to the hall to ship home. We got in trouble because we were bringing “FREIGHT” into the building and we should have used the loading docks

I would like to thank everyone who visited our booth, visited our virtual booth and have follow-ed us along on this journey. I hope that I have brought a little different view to the show, and what it takes to produce this event.


What we did today

Sep 04

Well we set-up machines, but thats not the fun part. For those who know Todd M our Lead Engineer and Bob Hoffman every day they rie their Bike’s lunchtime. Usually they ride about 16 miles during the 45 minutes, then eat and back to work. This ritual has been going on for about 5 years now. Each IMTS they ship their Bikes out and ride up and down lake shore drive early in the morning. Today we took their bikes back to the hotel as they were taking up too much space in the closet. If you look real close you can see Rich in the back seat. The Hyundai is really not made for this kind of cargo.


Making Progress, More Set-up Next Week

Sep 02

Here are some Photos of Last Week’s Progress

The 10' Ladder Was Just Not Tall Enough

The heat under the tarps on the truck Melted the Gauge Keyboard