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1 MarchCustomer Testimonial: Phillips-Medisize

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“Here at Phillips-Medisize Magnesium Molding facility we have been a long time buyer of Lyndex-Nikken products. We couldn’t imagine buying from anyone else. Your products have helped us increase production and decrease scrap rates. I am the Lead CNC specialist at this facility and I’d like to personally share some testimonials on how we use Lyndex-Nikken products.10

First let me give you a background of what we do here at Mag Molding. We are the largest magnesium injection molding facility in the nation with 9 thixomolding machines ranging from 220 to 850 metric tons. Magnesium injection molding is a single-step, semi-solid molding process that combines the best of plastic injection molding and die-casting. Chips of magnesium alloy are fed into a heated screw and barrel where the alloy is thermally and mechanically processed into a semi-solid state and is injected directly into the mold cavity. In contrast to the higher temperatures necessary for die-casting, magnesium injection molded components are processed at temperatures 50-100 degrees Fahrenheit cooler. The resulting semi-solid properties allow the metal alloys to flow like a thermoplastic in a more controlled, laminar-like flow. The magnesium molding process delivers net-shaped components with many inherent benefits including:

  • Superior strength-to-weight ratios
  • EMI/RFI shielding
  • Better straightness and flatness
  • Heat dissipation
  • Low porosity
  • Tighter tolerances, which may reduce or eliminate some secondary machining operations
  • Longer mold life
  • Wall sections thinner than die casting can achieve.

 

Lyndex-Nikken comes into play with our secondary machining operations. We run our machines 24 hours, 5 days a week because of lot sizes so cycle time is important to keep on schedule.

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One product that we make here is paddle shifters for GM vehicles. We run hundreds of thousands of these paddles every year, both left and right versions. The machining involved in these is removing the gates all along the outside of a very complex profile and to drill/ream a hole with a small position tolerance. We struggled with these for a long time until we purchased some Nikken CNCZ 180 rotaries. These alone with a table and an A frame at the end have allowed us to machine multiple parts at a time on our swing pallet changer machine. This allows us to rotate the part as the cutter is following the part contour allowing us to remove all of the gate material and achieve the finish we need. We then rotate the part 90 degrees and drill the hole. The precision that these rotaries have allows us to not only hold tight tolerances but to hold them while running the cutters a maximum speed. We have decreased our cycle time so much that we have opened up 1/3 of a year machine time to run other projects when this machine used to be dedicated to running only these paddles. These precision rotaries have also helped us reduce scrap rate to under 3% over the course of one year and hundreds of thousands of parts.

All our machines are BT30 taper tools and smaller machines. We machine the magnesium parts dry because it is very flammable and the oxygen in coolant will actually make a fire larger. We run the machines very fast because of the softness of the material. This means our tooling and tool holders need to be top of the line. Lyndex-Nikken holders have this precision needed to eliminate chatter and runout while machining. What really solidified our choice to stick with Lyndex-Nikken holders was the fact that they were one of the few companies that makes a BT30 taper holder with a 1.00” side lock end mill holder. It is hard to find these because of the small taper. It is also hard to find inserted tooling with smaller than a 1.00” shaft. These holders allow us to run larger cutters allowing shorter cycle times and higher productivity.

We are excited about any new products, we thank you for the hard work and look forward to future business!”

 

Sincerely,

Aaron Joos: Lead CNC Specialist, Phillips-Medisize

3 FebruaryEmployee Spotlight: Meet Cindy

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At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our employees and their ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of service. With over 35 years of business, we understand our achievements would not have been possible without our employees’ hard work. Therefore, in this Lyndex-Nikken Employee Spotlight vlog series, we are highlighting our team and their commitment to excellence.

This week we have the spotlight on Cindy. She is our Inside Sales Representative for the east coast. She brings a lot to our sales department and we are happy to have her with the company. Watch the video to hear what Cindy thinks about working at Lyndex-Nikken.

 

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6 JanuaryEmployee Spotlight: Meet Blake S.

At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our employees and their ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of service. With over 35 years of business, we understand our achievements would not have been possible without our employees’ hard work. Therefore, in this Lyndex-Nikken Employee Spotlight vlog series, we are highlighting our team and their commitment to excellence.

This week we have the spotlight on Blake.  He is a Regional Sales Associate for the Midwest.  He brings a lot to our Midwest Sales Team and we are happy to have him providing our customers with superior service.  Watch the video to hear what Blake thinks about working at Lyndex-Nikken.

 

5 DecemberEmployee Spotlight: Meet Carly T.

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At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our employees and their ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of service. With over 35 years of business, we understand our achievements would not have been possible without our employees’ hard work. Therefore, in this Lyndex-Nikken Employee Spotlight vlog series, we are highlighting our team and their commitment to excellence.

This week we have the spotlight on Carly.  She is our Accounting Associate.  She brings a lot to our Accounting department and we are happy to have her with the company.  Watch the video to hear what Carly thinks about working at Lyndex-Nikken.

 

1 DecemberCustomer Spotlight: MDI-co.

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At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our customers and their dedication to their business and the manufacturing community as a whole. To show our support, we have launched a new video series called, Lyndex-Nikken’s Customer Spotlight. In this video series, we are highlighting working entrepreneurs and business owners who dedicate their time keeping the manufacturing industry alive and thriving.

This month we have our spotlight on Drew Johnson.  He is the owner of MDI-co, a design and product development company offering prototype and production machining solutions in West Chicago, Illinois.  MDI-co specializes in 3D printing, molding and CNC milling and turning. They primarily service the automotive, consumer electronics, and medical industries.  Watch Drew’s story to see why he started his business and why he chose to invest in our products.

 

7 NovemberCustomer Spotlight: Machined Concepts

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At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our customers and their dedication to their business and the manufacturing community as a whole. To show our support, we have launched a new video series called, Lyndex-Nikken’s Customer Spotlight. In this video series, we are highlighting working entrepreneurs and business owners who dedicate their time keeping the manufacturing industry alive and thriving.

This month we have our spotlight on Albert Raczynski.  He is the owner of Machined Concepts, a full service production CNC contract manufacturer located in Elgin, IL. Machined Concepts specializes in 3,4, and 5 axis milling, as well as production turning. They primarily service the automotive, consumer electronics, and medical industries. Watch Albert’s story to see why he started his business and why he chose to invest in our products.

26 OctoberEmployee Spotlight: Meet Eric B.

At Lyndex-Nikken, we value our employees and their ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of service. With over 35 years of business, we understand our achievements would not have been possible without our employees’ hard work. Therefore, in this Lyndex-Nikken Employee Spotlight vlog series, we are highlighting our team and their commitment to excellence.

This week we have the spotlight on Eric.  He is our Marketing Team Leader.  He brings a lot to our marketing department and we are happy to have him with the company.  Watch the video to hear what Eric thinks about working at Lyndex-Nikken.

30 SeptemberEmployee Spotlight: Meet Belinda

Meet BelindaAt Lyndex-Nikken, we value our employees and their ongoing efforts to provide our customers with the highest level of service. With over 35 years of business, we understand our achievements would not have been possible without our employees’ hard work. Therefore, in this Lyndex-Nikken Employee Spotlight vlog series, we are highlighting our team and their commitment to excellence.

This week we have the spotlight on Belinda.  She is our Inside Sales Representative for the west coast, Mexico and South America.  She brings a lot to our sales department and we are happy to have her with the company.  Watch the video to hear what Belinda thinks about working at Lyndex-Nikken.

16 SeptemberChanging Higher Education to Make Manufacturing Employment a Priority

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There has been much talk on how the American Manufacturing Industry can prepare for the jobs of the future.  The current boom of technical manufacturing is showing us where the world is heading.  To stay current in today’s marketplace, the American Manufacturing Industry will have to make some changes and it starts with our education.  Here is how we can change higher education to fill manufacturing jobs:

Refocusing Education

Some of us were taught the only way to get a good job was to enroll at a 4-year college or university.  That simply isn’t true.  The American Manufacturing Industry has many areas of focus which are not taught at 4-year universities.  The rising costs of 4-year colleges with no guarantee of a good job after graduation are leaving students in debt.   The reality is most traditional 4-year universities are not preparing students for high demand jobs.  In January, the New York Federal Reserve examined employment data for recent college graduates between 2009 and 2013 and found that 45 percent were working in “non-college” jobs.  Meaning, nearly half of all recent college graduates are underemployed.  Meanwhile, there are a lot of technology manufacturing jobs going unfilled. If more students had the training and skills to fill high-demand jobs required by the technology sector, more graduates would have meaningful employment.

Solution

Thankfully, there are a lot of technical manufacturing jobs which don’t require a 4-year degree with a higher price tag.  S.T.E.M courses are being taught at trade schools across the country.  At Lyndex-Nikken, we have sponsored selected employees to take night courses on machinery and CNC operations at our local community college.  Also, programs like the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS give students exposure to STEM based learning and how to continue their education past the show.  Students who desire a career in manufacturing should be encouraged to consider trade schools as an alternative.  Trade schools are feasible, cost effective options for those wanting to work in this industry.  By investing in cheaper more focused education options, we are preparing the next generation of technology manufacturers for the future.

5 August2-Ways to Manufacture a Good Working Environment

Being a part of the American workforce means you probably spend most of your time at work. That said, it is important to enjoy your working environment. Some people may think a good work environment is a ping-pong table in the break room or an open bar happy hour every Friday. To some it is, but in reality, it takes much more than that. There are many ways to improve your company culture that do not involve getting a liquor license. To help, here are 2 ways to manufacture a good working environment:

Open Communication

Having open communication between staff and management is extremely important to the culture of any business. The first step of opening the lines of communication is receiving feedback from staff. Some businesses may see receiving feedback from staff as a negative. However, it’s a great opportunity for the company to improve and grow. Besides, who better to give feedback than the people you employ to represent the company? Sharing feedback tells staff their input matters and that improves every working environment.

At Lyndex-Nikken, we adopted a way for our employees to give feedback as well as make suggestions to management. Through Google Forms we created a digital “suggestion box”, where our staff can make suggestions for company improvement while remaining totally anonymous. Since its introduction, we have received feedback and suggestions we have put in implementation. The digital suggestion box has not only increased staff productivity, it has encouraged positive thinking within the company.

Sharing Encouragement

It is important to remember your team. Yes, your staff is there to do a job but it is not hard to introduce random acts of encouragement while maintaining professionalism. Recognizing staff’s birthdays are small steps for the company but big steps for the company culture. There are many ways to share encouragement. Recently, the management team at Lyndex-Nikken reserved a food truck and sponsored lunch for the company.   Actions like this will encourage and motivate your staff to do their best.