IMTS 2016 is in the books, and Restaurant Reviews

Sep 27
2016

It was a fast month to say the least. Rich and I spent the better part of three weeks setting up the show, working the booth and taking it down, and shipping it home. Everything arrived on Monday safe and sound, Alex did an unbelievable job getting everything on the truck safe and secure. For his first full teardown and ship home of IMTS he did a great job and has earned a return ticket two years from now again.

We brought seven machines to the show, four from out Research and development lab and three we built specifically for the show. We were excited to have sold two on the floor, and the third was sold even before the truck got home. For all our employees here that worked hard on this project, it was more than gratifying to not only have sold the machines on the floor but to have some many people inquire about our machines. There was a lot of pride in the shop when we revealed how many leads we received and when customers started calling us after the show asking for quotes. Our employees did a great job and need to be recognized for the pride that they put into their jobs and the machines that we manufacture.

For those who remember two years ago we had two new comers to the show, they had to wear the pink bicycle helmet from the parking garage to the booth. Alex and Alan wore it proudly last time and Brandon wore it well and didn’t even flinch when it was his turn. Dan our other new addition chose the alternative, for one evening at dinner he could order nothing but Shirley Temple cocktails. He also was a great sport and happily drank his pink, flavored cocktails.

Bob Hoffman is our resident expert when it comes to all things food related, this year he outdid himself by getting Cold Stone Creamery to move below the Embassy suites on North State Street where we stay. We “ had to have it” many nights after dinner. A few other mentions go out to the following Restaurants:

• Chicago Q http://chicagoqrestaurant.com/ A great place for upscale Barbeque

• Maestros this was a dessert recommendation that I had during set-up. Go for the buttercake and live jazz music. The bar staff is the best around and more attentive then I have ever seen. It even has it own facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mastros.buttercake?fref=ts

• For a great Glass on wine after dinner go to POPS on North State. Upscale atmosphere, great staff, and always someone to talk to . just a nice place to hang out for a drink. http://popsforchampagne.com/

• For Later Selections past normal “ business hours” go to O’ Callahans on Hubbard. I have been going there for over 20 years and it is just a good place to go. Comfortable and fun. The later it gets the crazier it gets. Just sayin’. http://www.ocallaghanspub.com/

For a little bit of humor in your day, Steve Miller of “ the Adventure and I have know each other for years. The Marketing Gunslinger Works with the parent company of IMTS, The Association of Manufacturing Technology. He stopped by Royal Master’s booth and did a “selfie” interview. I have to say it was fun and he and I always find a common ground when we do things like this. To see it in its entirety see the following link https://www.facebook.com/stevemillerpage/videos/10154087603193049/

Ignore the horrible photo of me in the beginning, THANKS FOR THAT Steve!
Again I want to thank All of our employees that did more than their fair share of work to make the show as successful as it was.

John

Day two in the books at IMTS set-up

Sep 01
2016

Rich and I are sitting here eating a pizza tonight checking e-mails and I figured I would catch you to speed on what we did at work today…. See the attached you tube video!

Day three is all about powering up the machines and making spindles turn!

Thanks for reading

John

Olivia the intern’s Blog Post

Aug 25
2016

For those whom have been reading this blog for a few show cycles, I have had interns the summer of IMTS, Olivia our third in 8 show cycles. She is a Senior at TCNJ, here in NJ. She has taken my instructions at the beginning of the summer and executed them flawlessly. Here is her blog post that I asked her to write at the end of the summer:

When I started my first day at Royal Master Grinders, I was as nervous as anyone else starting a new job. I remember being very timid in this new place surrounded by new people that had already been here for years and here I was, the college intern who didn’t know anyone’s names or what to do. Looking back, boy do I feel silly that I was ever scared. Within a few short days, I could already feel this work family accepting me as their own. John Jr. threw me right into the work atmosphere and there was never a dull moment. Working mainly with the upcoming IMTS details, I quickly learned more than I ever thought possible. Not only did I learn about the makings of a great trade show exhibit, but also the extreme precision and hard work that everyone in this office exhibits to keep things running smoothly. I think one of my greatest lessons was learning the true qualities it takes to be a leader. This does not mean someone who barks orders and hangs back from the real work. A leader is someone who is involved in every aspect of their projects. A leader is someone who knows how to take command and gain the respect of all of their employees. A leader is, most importantly, someone who genuinely and whole-heartedly cares about their work and all of those who are involved in it. These were the qualities I saw every day at Royal Master Grinders.

Unfortunately, I have to return back to school before I can truly see the outcome of the intense work that has been put into IMTS. I was most looking forward to seeing the loading of the huge truck to be shipped to the show! For anyone that is even remotely familiar with the Royal Master Grinders work family knows how hard of a goodbye this will be for me. From Stacy singing everything she does, to Bob’s never-ending witty comments, to John Jr. drinking countless Mountain Dew’s a day and making every day enjoyable, there is never a dull moment here at Royal Master Grinders. I look forward to visiting them in the future and wish everyone nothing but luck at IMTS!

IMTS Is Quickly Coming

Aug 13
2016

For those who have been following the Memmelaar’s over the last 65 years of Royal Master Grinders my father and I are both into cars. We both work on and Drive Pre 1915 cars, sometimes more work on more than drive. My daughter Ava was hanging out with me in the garage and we were talking the other night and she asked why I didn’t have a home office in the house like her friends dad. She also asked why that when I do work at home at night I set my laptop up on my workbench in the garage. I have to say I was stumped. I took a photo and sent it to a friend of mine, he saw nothing odd that I would do something like this. The more I thought about it the more I realized that my dad and I still love to get our hands into projects, we both call it simply “digging in”. John Sr will still be in Royal Master’s shop working on a machine, adding his expertise to a project because there is not much he has not seen in his many years at Royal.

The parking lot was quite a scene today at Royal Master as Alex, Ryan and myself had two machines plus our booth and our skid of support materials out in the parking lot. At one point the FEDEX guy had trouble reaching our loading dock. We are to that point in the show cycle that we are seeing the finish line with a number of projects and just seeing the midpoints of others. Its crunch time. I break the show cycle into thirds. The first third is the hardest, the show prep. This starts in January, and ends in our case August 27th when the shipment is picked up.

The next third is the set-up at McCormick place and the actual show. This part of the process is the most fun for me as I get to look at everything that our team accomplished, the customers reactions and the sales generated. I enjoy watching the customers look at our product offerings, and during the times that we engage with them, we often talk at dinner about the feedback on a certain product we brought or feeder design we engineered.

The last third is the minute the show closes. For anyone that has never been at McCormick place at the close of IMTS there is no better feedback on the success of the show as the loud or muted cheers. The louder they are, the happier everyone was. The opposite, well…..

Two years ago we left IMTS with a enormous amount of enthusiasm, Our engineering staff developed the TG-12×8, delivered it to the show and since then have sold and delivered a good amount of TG-12×8 machines. The projects for Golf Ball Cores, titanium fasteners, automotive transmission valves, and many others validated the design of the TG-12×8’s design and acceptance by the world of centerless grinding.

This year we are introducing Advanced Machine Optimization, AMO for short. Not limited to the Royal Master Centerless Grinder platform, this cloud based app can give you all the up to the second information that you need about your centerless grinding or other process on any mobile device or web browser. What makes this different? Well there is nothing really quite like it. The App for IOS or Android can be looked at anywhere, anytime. In the next few weeks we will be posting the details on royalmaster.com as well as booth6646.com. It’s a game changer.

Keep Checking back weekly now until the show for blog updates as well as other details about our participation in the show.

John

A Sneak Peek, Royal Master at IMTS 2016

Jun 01
2016

If you look at the IMTS website at imts.com you will see that the show is approaching. This fact came to light the other day as we began making flights for our crew that comes out to the show. What makes us different from other companies that exhibit is we bring personnel that can actually answers questions. A response in booth6646 is not a “ here’s a brochure and someone will call you”! You will never find us sitting at a table reading a newspaper being bothered when someone walks up to ask a question.

Royal Master Grinders is at IMTS to engage with you, answer your questions and work with you to develop your projects.

IMTS has a theme of “We Are….” For 2016. If I had to add to this from the Royal Master Perspective, I would have to say that we are “engaging”. At the show we have Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Programming Engineers on site to work with you and your project. Bring a drawing, sketch, or an idea, and leave with answers, a machine design and a proposal. Come to our booth once, or a dozen times during the week, and you will engage with our team to have your project further developed.

For this show we have a lot of new technology to demonstrate. We have Project AMO, New Feeding systems, including robotics and our TG-12×8 grinding 12 automotive parts at a time. Our GenerationX3 will be grinding Endodontic files. For those whom have spent some time in a dentist chair getting a root canals this will make stopping by a must. All of this technology will become live at www.booth6646.com in the coming weeks.
What is Project AMO? It is a development that Royal Master Grinders has engineered to take machine technology to an entire new level. Royal Master with our engineering team has always been at the forefront of this technology since we introduced lights out manufacturing in 2006. Now we have taken Smart Machine technology to a completely new level which has not been seen to date. We will be sending out more details on this as IMTS gets closer. It will be worth the wait!

Outside of IMTS, Royal Master is extremely busy and our backlog extends well into the fourth quarter of the year. We have been strong in all areas of our customer base, Medical, Automotive as well as smaller markets like aerospace, and cutting tools. Our exports remain strong and we are opening new markets around the globe which is a great opportunity as the world continually is getting “smaller”

If you’re not able to visit IMTS this year, give us a call, or drop us an e-mail to discuss your project! You can also follow IMTS on Instagram, and YouTube and other social media outlets. IMTS does a great job keeping you up to date including the IMTS insider. All of this is available on IMTS.com Click on the following link to sign up: http://www.imts.com/show/newsletter/signup.cfm

After 65 Years, our Core Values Stay the same

Dec 14
2015

It has been a while since our last blog entry. In 2015 we have seen our TG-12×8 take a huge step forward as we have been shipping these machines regularly and we have supplied these machines to the medical, ceramic, carbide, automotive, aerospace, as well to two gauge pin companies. The gauge pin companies are finding this machine to be extremely accurate with its twin grip spindles We achieved under .000010” in roundness and are regularly holding .000015” roundness.

We are looking forward to MDM West in Anaheim California this year as we always look forward to introducing newer technology at this event. This year we are extremely excited as we have two unique projects that we are bringing to the show. If your coming, please stop by and visit. If you are not able to visit in January we will discuss on royalmaster.com what we have and what makes it so special.
We have made some additions to the Royal Master family as we have added Kristin who is the ultimate in administrative assistants. You will be meeting her when you call or visit. I guarantee she is as friendly as Lori was all of these years! After all after 65 years in business we still and always have a friendly voice answering the phones. For those who are counting, Lori is on year 30 with us and still counting, she is now in purchasing helping out there now.

We have also added Stacy who is in customer service with Alan. Alan is happy to have the help and Stacy is doing a great job as she was familiar to Royal Master before she came on board full time. Stacy has hit the ground running and Alan and Stacy have made a seamless pair when helping out our customers.
Also another Generation of Allen’s has moved into the lab as Rodney’s son is now a service man. He is enjoying the travel as Rodney and the family travelled extensively as he and his siblings were growing up.

As Sr and I think about the direction of 2016 and beyond at Royal Master we are extremely satisfied with company we have built, and enthused for what we have around the corner. However there are certain core principles that we will not alter,

• a friendly voice on the other side of the phone in all aspects of our business.
• customer service as you would want to be treated in any form of your life. Feel free to call with a question anytime. We are happy to talk to you. No question is too small
• Our employees look at Royal Master as something besides a “ just a job.” We have built a group of employees whom are dedicated to what they do here and strive to do the best job to maintain the Royal Master name.
• We will offer centerless grinding systems that have advanced technology not only between the wheels, and automation but in the control platforms.
With IMTS approaching we have no settled on 7 machines going to the show in September. Last year we introduced the TG-12×8 machine and this year we have another introduction in store. As the time gets closer we will be letting more out on what this is! We are enthused about it and our customers will be also!

We hope everyone has a great holiday season and we wish everyone the best in 2016

Happy Milestone Birthday to John Memmelaar Sr!

Feb 26
2015

February 24th was John Sr’s birthday, a milestone birthday at that. All the employees at Royal Master celebrated with cake and a VERY loud chorus of Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday Dad

The Top 5 Questions Asked at IMTS

Nov 21
2014

IMTS is over 2 months in our rear view mirror and it was one of the most satisfying experiences that Royal Master has ever had at that show. We experienced record attendance both at the show and a record number of qualified leads at our booth. With a spectacular amount of interest in our new TG-12×8 machine we have had two machines full time running experimental test grinds, and 4 machines sold since the show.
One of those test grinds is grinding 3” diameter steel bars, 12” long. We recently demonstrated it for the prospective client and they had very favorable things to say about then machine’s performance. Holding .0001” over the length of the bar while removing .003” the machine was not overmatched at all. Stay tuned for more on this application as time moves forward.
At the show we were grinding titanium on our Thrufeed microsize machine. When we came home, we have been inundated with applications that mirror this type of application as well as grinding Carbides, Ceramics as well as PCD inserts. The end user of the show machine has since taken delivery since and is reporting great grinding results.
Royal Master Grinders is also redefining something as simple as an instructional manual for the TG-12×8 machine. The machine is available with a “ manual on tablet “. Not a stone tablet, but a Microsoft tablet PC. Having all the machine’s solid models, electrical schematics as well as video manuals at a touch of a fingertip is valuable, and handy to have in this electronic version. We are proud to claim that we are the first machine tool company to provide such an opportunity for our customers.
At IMTS 2014 visitors to our booth asked a lot of great questions and for those whom could not visit us, please see our Booth6646.com site for a full tour of the booth, but to summarize, here are the top 5 questions that were asked:

1. “What did Royal Master Grinders bring that’s new this year?”
2. “Can you automate this part I want to grind ?”
3. “My Cincinnati’s are old and worn out, what do you have to replace them?”
4. “Can you hold “ this tolerance”?”
5. “How small, ( and big ) can you grind on your machines?”
6. And one for the bonus, “do your feet hurt after standing this plastic floor all day?”

Answer #1:

Royal Master Grinders brought more new equipment this year, and more new products than any other IMTS in our history.
New Product: TG-12×8 Centerless Grinder Systems. This is the first completely new domestic centerless grinder design since the Cincinnati Viking redefined the grinding industry in the 1990’s . With its 12” diameter and 8” wide grinding wheel, 8” diameter and 8” wide regulating wheel it offers opportunities that other competing systems cannot. All machines come standard with a Granite machine bed. The rigidity comes from the wheel spindle designs, the 50mm diameter twin grip regulating wheel spindle, the grinding wheel system with class 7 ABEC angular contact ball bearings and an outboard bearing is a robust system design to build around. The TG-12×8 is available in standard Thrufeed, and Thrufeed Microsize configurations. For tighter tolerance applications Hi-Accuracy, with or without CNC dressing is available. With these rigid foundations, grinding 3” diameter applications is not a dream or a “stretch” for this machine. We can do it, have done it, and will continue to do it for many years to come.
We are very proud of the “clean look” of this system. Our engineers took a lot of time designing a system without any “add on’s”. Using our Mazak Nexus 6800 machining center, Mastercam, and a lot of ingenuity we were able to design and manufacture a system without hanging stuff on the machine. Look at the system and compare it to the other systems domestic or imported, and we are proud to say that our machine looks pretty darn good!

Cincinnati #2 machines made a living doing “Cam Out” applications for many years. With 8” regulating wheel, Cam –out of titanium fasteners is a reality, making fasteners every rotation of the regulating wheel makes for a rapid, simple and “frills free” system. It is also a VERY cost effective route to take. With a Basic TG-12×8 TF machine, we can couple to your existing feeding system, and save 50% of your floor space. Using Superabrasive grinding wheel technology our system is compact, rigid, efficient, and cost saving.
New Look for the BEDROCK : We introduced our new ergonomic enclosure to our Centerless grinder line. Shown on our TG-12×4 BEDROCK system this enclosure streamlines the look and provides a good tight enclosure for oils and coolants that misting tendencies. At the show we had a robot loading and unloading the system. At the unload we would clean, dry, gauge and palletize. This enclosure is a first for Royal Master as we abandoned extruded aluminum systems for more cleaner “ European Styling”

Coming in the next couple of weeks I will dig into Numbers 2-6 on the tope 5 questions that were asked at the show.

FINISHED! Ready for you on Monday!

Sep 06
2014

For the last 9 months we have planned, manufactured, marketed, and executed the most aggressive IMTS plan in Royal Master history. Many of you have heard from us about our TG-12×8, our new virtual graphical package, New machine enclosure, plus various other items that we have been planning. Monday we finally welcome the first visitor to our booth. I have enjoyed this IMTS as Social Media, this blog and the advent of e-mail communication has allowed me to communicate with many of you. Over the last 4 years, this blog has been read over 6,800 times. you have met many of our longtime employees, my kids, experienced a slice of life at Royal Master, and shared some humorous trips around the world with me. Thank you for reading and if you do come to the booth this week, and you have read the blog, tell us about your favorite post.

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IMTS Set-up Day to Day

Sep 01
2014

The first week of set-up is finished and we are ready for week #2. See below for the progress we have had last week. This week Kevin and Arnold come to help get all the machines running and grinding for next week.