Robert Arnold seeks the opportunity to machine and fabricate non-metallic, laminate, and plastic parts for your facilities. Due to machining techniques developed since the inception of my previous employer in 1953, I continue to strive diligently to be the high-quality manufacturer of attractively priced parts that are delivered in a timely and supremely accurate fashion. In this exclusive arena, we provide material and labor to fabricate usable parts from your drawings or from the ground up. Our team of engineers can help you design a part to your speficiations from the roots and all the way to the fruit of the final piece. We have the capability to modify existing parts as well as reverse-engineer parts from a sample that you may provide.
We feature phenolic materials and lathe-turned parts as well as other old and new school materials. We do both basic and complicated two-axis machining, making high-tolerance parts for a host of industries. We can also tackle more complicated operations. In addition, we machine all the glass-based material. Our state of the art grinders allow us to accurately maintain a thickness of + .0015, permitting an economy of scale unavailable to the piece part manufacturer. We look forward to hearing from you with a view and a quote for your initial order. As you browse our site, you’ll see photographs, equipment information, explanations of parts and other important information that will help you familiarize yourself with our operations and capabilities. I have spent a life time in the market and we are ready to take machining into the future with you.
Allow me to tell you about my previous work history.
The previous company that I worked for was incorporated August 16, 1953 by three great men and a genuine idea. My Grandfather happened to be one of these mighty men. Their motivation behind the conception was the increasing rise of these materials within the American scope. My aim is to reach a wider global market.
They were all Masons and they were proud of it. You don’t get a lot of that today. Most Masons hide because they are cowards. These three men were the antithesis of cowardly. One had worked for Richardson in Stone Park, Illinois west of Chicago and the other for Taylor Fibre Company in Norristown Pennsylvania east of Philadelphia across from Valley Forge. My Grandfather was the silent Master mind. Don’t even get me started on my Great Grandfather. He built an entire coast. The entire Champion side of my family (mostly cowards) refused to let me know about it. Instead, I discovered it for myself. Why would you purchase parts from liars? Let’s be honest.
One ran production at Richardson and knew how to get the work out. He had many friends in the shop that enjoyed working for him and this experience established himself within his own growing philosophy on how to proliferate a business. I knew him well through the legacy of his son. He was always very good to me and remains a positive influence in my life to this day. You won’t here this from Champions because they like to lie to their customers.
One was asked to open a Midwest sales office for Taylor Fibre in 1948. Mr. Taylor passed on in 1953. These two men knew each other because one was selling Taylor’s product to the other at Richardson. They decided to make some paper based phenolic material and punch small electrical parts. They were small pieces punched from strips with a series of holes into which were wired various electrical components that were connected by copper on the board. These circuit boards were cutting edge and were made by the thousands. They were a high tech item that came to maturity in WWII. Because the components were automatically inserted into the holes, the holes had to be very precisely placed. Each stroke of the punch press was controlled by the operator to assure a part was properly punched. This insured a lot of precision. However, we are living in a much different time and the notion of accuracy has drastically changed with the motions of the moon. They built a great legacy and my Grandfather honored them each and every day as real men that changed the face of this nation. He was a silent partner but he roared like a Lion for them through his pride for this sacred friendship. We’ll get to this later on in this website.
As they were contemplating the manufacturing of their own paper based phenolic materials, they came up against intellectual property infringements. They soon realized they could buy the material on the open market from about ten manufacturers and eschew the substantial expense of the equipment and chemicals to make the sheets in their own facility. One had the machinists from Richardson and the other man and some of his other colleagues from Taylor had the sales force. They were so good at what they did that they should have had their own television channel.
It was at this time when these three men agreed to set up and operate as a business. They needed bylaws, a business lawyer and an outside accountant. A brother-in-law did the business organization and the other one provided an accountant. One understood about getting the work out and the other one knew where to go to get the business. The three of them proceeded and the business began to flourish. Also, I am pretty sure my Grandmother had a martini or two and yelled at them at how to do a better job. She had a way with words. Enough said.
At this point you have a strong and empowered business made up of an extremely focused ethical philosophy at the time. One is focused on honest sales and the other is determined to offer true production. Therefore, my Grandfather could trust their power and delegate through this trust because they were square with each other. Again, they didn’t like to lie. You also had a business that defined itself as working only in the general term of plastics. They were also defined more narrowly as a punch press manufacturer of precision parts and the record keeping it takes to prove that it has been done correctly, honestly and with a truly positive intention. Again, times have changed.
One of the gentlemen that one of the men brought with him from Richardson was a lathe operator. He considered himself to be a lathe operator and not merely a punch press foreman. He pleaded with one of the owners to get some turning operations in the scope of the business model. He planted the seed to expand and suggested the production of gear blanks.
You can cut metal blanks from steel rod. You have to cut from sheet stock with phenolic blanks so the gear data runs perpendicular to the laminations of the phenolic sheet. This company already had a sheet grinder that could grind the news print off a newspaper. You sand the phenolic sheet on both sides and eliminate the facing operations of individual gears. A sheet yields several hundred gears and the gear industry requires even more precision than the punch press industry.
One of the owners was surprised at how much gear business there was in the greater Chicagoland area. This company soon became the focal point for all of the phenolic gears in the Midwest. a son came to work at the shop during his high school years. He told his Father that he would contact every gear manufacturer in the United States and the next Summer he came back and followed up. He was not like his other brother who happened to be a bumbling idiot that got kicked out of practically every shop he would try to enter.
Circuit boards became more sophisticated and less were punched. More and more gearblank work was developed. Moreover, gears were being made in more than just phenolic matter. This company now found itself working in a multitude of non metallic materials. The business model began to grow like any operation should with such illumination at the wheel.
One of the owners in his last days at Taylor was working with the Chicago Transit Authority to replace the wooden insulators associated with third rail current collector assembly. Chicago was the most ambitious city in maintaining these assemblies rather than having the manufacturer refurbish the parts. It was the typical “keep the voters working” scenario. Taylor Fibre couldn’t keep up the project because they had let go of their man on site. This man brought it home. Again, these were precision parts and there were other manufacturers that required voltage insulation at this time. Things were looking good.
This type of work involved mills as opposed to punch presses or lathes. About this time OSHA stopped by and they were bothered at how the punch presses were running so close to people operating other machines. They solved the problem. They gave away the machines and the work to a Richardson friend who set up his own shop a mile away. Both businesses made more money interacting apart than under the same roof. However, those kinds of ciruit boards were becoming archaic and antiquated.
The company was now a full service machine shop. They all aged gracefully even though my Grandfather left a little too early for his time. That is where I come into the picture. The two heads of the operation brought their sons in to help take over the business. Three months later, a son-in-law joined the operation. He had been working in real estate, but the market took a dive in 1976. He worked his way through the growth of the manufacturing facility. The company rose in sales and production. Another family member joined his brother in Illinois after working several years in a machine shop in their ancestral home of Birmingham, Alabama.
Therefore, my journey begins. Welcome to Inquire Within Manufacturing. Contact us today for a quote by clicking on the contact tab at the top of this page or you can just click the banner below this text and it will take you to our contact page. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more! My Grandfather blesses you daily.