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

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.

Our Truck is somewhere between RMG and Chicago

Aug 25
2014

We loaded out on Saturday and everything went smoothly, no issues. We took up most of the flatbed trailer, with just a little to spare. We added Todd’s, Bob’s and Jesse’s bicycles as they like to ride up and down lakeshore drive in the morning before breakfast. They will have a blog during the show about that experience. They normally have good stories during breakfast about the morning ” sights”

Here are some photos from Saturday Morning:

So the plan for the rest of the week is the following:

Tuesday, fly to Chicago, Lay the flooring, get rough electrics pulled from the floor, chalk out the machine layout
Wednesday, take delivery of the machines, get the spotted, run electrics and air under the flooring
Thursday, Put booth up, hook machines up
Friday, Power up all machines, and put everything that was shipped away
Saturday, organize, and clean up the booth for Tuesday when Service engineers come to get all the machine running.

I’ll be posting update photos as we go along.

We ship on Saturday…

Aug 18
2014

Even though IMTS is still technically 21 days away from the opening ceremony, we ship all of our equipment and support materials on Saturday. We have 16 different items packed on a 53′ flat bed and for full disclosure, this is the first time in 4 IMTS shows that I had to send an additional package to the advance warehouse. It has always been a source of personal pride that I fit a whole lot of stuff on the truck, and in past years, I have had no more than 6″ left at the back of the truck when we were all done packing it up. I had tried a multitude of combinations and at the end of the truck, there was still always one skid of stuff left over. Just not enough room.

This is a photo of last years truck:

This year, as usual I have it in AutoCAD to make sure that everything could fit, and well, it did not.

Something that you’ll never see on another centerless grinder…

Aug 14
2014

Royal Master has always been on the forefront of graphical machine controls, since we introduced the Generation 4 Guide wire grinding machine back in the Early 1990’s with a windows machine control We were one of the first machine tools to offer such a package to the world. Since then we have been offering new more innovative and user friendly systems. We were the first to offer a light out system that was intelligent enough to be viewed from the couch in your living room Then we offered a machine control that e-mailed you statistics, such as up time, parts per minute, and maintenance alerts.

For IMTS 2014 we are bringing a custom designed 3D Graphical package for CNC dressing simulation. Before you ever put a diamond or diamond disk to the wheel, simulate the dress right from your Excel sheet, or watch the progress of your dress on the screen as the dressing is occurring. Rotate 360 degrees on any axis to see the shape, or watch the coupon in the lower right hand corner for a more traditional look at the dressing progress.

This graphical package is standard equipment on all machines with CNC dressing programs.

What happened last night at Royal Master Grinders..

Aug 14
2014

To be fair to Ryan, we knew that he is a good sport, so when we needed someone to jump into the TG-12×4 bedrock enclosure to wire up the limit switches, we nominated him. Being a good sport, and the fact he wasn’t looking, this is what happened. We let him out after we all ordered outback, but before we ate. Just for the record, He had a Ribeye for dinner last night.