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13 JanuaryLyndex-Nikken – Helping Preserve a Maritime Monument

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Lyndex-Nikken has joined the US Navy. Well, sort of.  Lyndex-Nikken has joined forces with San Francisco area students who attend the USS Pampanito Maritime Educational Programs. The USS Pampanito is a World War II Balao class fleet submarine.  The USS Pampanito, is now a museum and memorial docked at the Maritime National Historic Park in San Francisco; the nation’s only floating park. It offers students a hands-on maritime experience. The core of these programs is to engage children in activity based education on maritime engineering, life and history.  The US Pampanito hosts 15,000 children a year with their maritime engineering programs which include, boat building, sailing and their submarine overnight program.  The students experience eating in the submarine “Mess Hall” or cafeteria and sleeping in actual submarine bunks.

Richard Pekelney, representative of the USS Pampanito, told us how maintaining the submarine as a non-profit museum was a huge challenge.  They recently received the donation of a classic 42″ table Bridgeport Series 1 Mill.  However, in order to make it a full functioning mill, they had to repair its spindle bearings and the worn R8 collets.  At Lyndex-Nikken, we were glad to help by donating a R8 Collet Set.  These collets will be used as a learning tool aboard the USS Pampanito; teaching children how to operate a mill.  Duke Dang, Lyndex-Nikken’s regional Sales Manager in California sent the collets to the USS Pampanito.Mill

 

Lyndex-Nikken would like to thank Richard Pekelney and the USS Pampanito Students for the opportunity to be a part of such an innovative program for students. We are happy to help community maritime programs by exposing students to hands-on education in engineering and possibly developing the future leaders of our industry.

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    Hello, thank you for your comment. You can find more information about the educational programs for kids at the San Francisco Maritime National Park website: http://www.maritime.org/index.htm

5 JuneHelping The Community: Lyndex Nikken Investing in the Future of Manufacturing

 

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Lyndex-Nikken has joined forces with the students of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School in Chetek, Wisconsin by donating to their Technology and Engineering Program. This program gives high school students early exposure to the Industrial Engineering Profession. Bob Morehead, the teacher over the program said, “33 percent of students that graduate from high school are not exploring any other future education.” By partnering with local technical colleges, his goal is to change that statistic; by providing students with an opportunity to see the many high-paying career opportunities within the Industrial Manufacturing field of study.

Craig Schepers with Teacher, Bob Morehead, accepting the tools donated from Lyndex-Nikken.

Craig Schepers with Teacher, Bob Morehead, accepting the tools donated from Lyndex-Nikken.

After the school board approved the purchase of a new Haas CNC Mill, Bob began working closely with local companies to promote machining programs within the local high school curriculum. When Bob reached out to Lyndex-Nikken about the program, we were happy to help. By donating CAT40 Toolholders, collet sets and accessories, the students now have the tools they need to learn on their new machine.

Craig Schepers, Regional Sales Representative in the Wisconsin area, hand delivered all the tools to Bob and his students at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School.

Lyndex-Nikken would like to thank Bob and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School for the opportunity to be a part of such an innovative program for students. We are happy to help community schools by exposing students to hands-on education in manufacturing and possibly developing the future leaders of our industry.

Lyndex Nikken and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School are investing in the future of manufacturing.

Lyndex Nikken and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School are investing in the future of manufacturing.

 

 

11 AprilHelping the Community – St. Gregory Palamas Monastery

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When you think of manufacturing, certain industries come to mind. Industries like, medical engineering and automotive manufacturing; but a monastery? Yes, even a monastery has certain manufacturing needs. Lyndex-Nikken had the pleasure of being approached by a Greek Orthodox Monastery, located in northern California, this week. Father Vlasie, of St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, reached out to Lyndex-Nikken for help with their industrial projects.

Refurbished DrillThe monastery recently received machining equipment which they were able to restore to working condition. With the support of Lyndex Nikken, the monastery was able to gather all the precision accessories to help complete pending projects to further help the community.  Father Vlasie has also been able to foresee other community projects such as refurbishing an electrical generator to offset the monastery electrical expenses, building parts for a book binding machine in their print shop, and machining an off-road wheelchair for a paraplegic monk.

Father Vlasie had this to say about the upcoming projects at the Monastery, “I am writing to you from a small Greek Orthodox Monastery in Northern California, established more than 30 years ago. We are a small community of 12 monks, and we are a registered non-profit organization. Trying to be as self-sufficient as possible, we do almost all of our own maintenance and repair.

My immediate goal is to build parts for a book binding machine for our small print shop. This is the first metalworking machine we have had so we are in uncharted waters but I know that the equipment will open up a host of possibilities for self-sufficiency in terms of maintenance and repair of monastery equipment. We have a paraplegic monk who is wheelchair bound. One of my aspirations is to use our new machining capabilities to build an off-road wheelchair so we can take him out on excursions. Another possibility we have been considering is building a steam engine to generate electricity.”

Lyndex-Nikken would like to thank St. Gregory Palamas Monastery for giving us an opportunity to give.  Sometimes the community you serve can be around the corner or thousands of miles away, but to the people whom may need it, the helping hand is worth the trip.

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