Machining Gears ‘Not-As-Gears’ Pays Off

“Look beyond the obvious and you may well find a better way to machine a part, and serve your customer better. That’s the lesson illustrated in a gear-machining application at Allied Specialty Precision, Inc. To make a long story short, the company dramatically improved the material removal rate and yield while reducing fixture cost and delivery lead time on a family of gears by ‘not treating them as gears.’”

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Precision isn't Optional

”Everything made by Allied Specialty Precision Inc. flies. And yet, the Mishawaka company is grounded in its focus as an aerospace component manufacturer. Most planes in the United States contain parts made at the plant.

"We have parts that go in fuel control, brakes and the landing systems," said Pam Rubenstein, Allied Specialty's owner and chief executive officer. "Typically our parts are small. We measure to a millionth of an inch, because when it flies, it's either right or it's dangerous.".

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Technology and People Lead to Twice the Sales

"Investing in technology and maintaining a high-quality workforce has helped Allied Specialty Precision, Inc. (ASPI) to double its sales in the past three years. The company prides itself on its workforce and technology.

"ASPI specializes in producing precision hydraulic, fuel control and braking system components for the aerospace industry in materials such as aluminum, high-strength and highalloy steels, Inconel and titanium alloys. In addition to bar stock, they also machine castings and forgings. Pam Rubenstein, ASPI’s owner and chief executive officer, bought the 54-year-old company in 2005 and has realigned it to make it more cost driven and competitive…"

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Lessons in Multitasking

"Who better to get things done right the right way than a teacher? Owner and CEO Pam Rubenstein admits it was 'quite an adjustment and very challenging' to give up her career as a teacher to go into the precision-machining business at Allied Specialty Precision Inc. (ASPI—Mishawka, IN). Rubenstein arrived at ASPI in 1989 after a successful career teaching at the high school and college levels, and began to work her way through various positions in the office and factory. In 2005, she purchased the company.

"At first look, Allied Specialty Precision Inc. appears to be simply another good-quality provider of components and subassemblies for aerospace applications, but it’s much more…"

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