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Shimco Boosts Manufacturing Capacity with New Mazak Upgrades

As you may have heard, this has been a big year for us at Shimco. We’ve moved into our new facility in Cambridge, Ontario, expanded our business offerings and global footprint, and have been featured in major industry publications. Clearly we’re doing something right – and we’ve decided to continue this trend by incorporating new machinery into our process.

We’ve recently brought online a new Mazak flexible manufacturing system (“FMS”) that is comprised of two horizontal high-speed CNC machines and a pallet changing system. This new system will allow us to run up to 32 jobs with just one operator – cutting costs and saving time for our customers. We’re working on shifting to a lights out manufacturing operation on the FMS through advanced data capture, reporting tools and scheduling, allowing for unmatched productivity.

The new FMS includes our current Mazak HCN 4000 horizontal machining centre, a new, identical Mazak 4000 HCN and the Mazak Palletech system.  Both horizontal machining centres are connected to the Palletech, resulting in a single flexible manufacturing system. The Palletech holds 12 pallets, and each pallet holds either a 2-sided or a 4-sided tombstone. The end result is that we have 32 work surfaces in the FMS, allowing us schedule 32 jobs at once with just one operator.

This is a huge step for us in increasing our efficiency and throughput so that we can take on even more, and higher quantity jobs for our customers. As the demand for new aircraft continues to rise, we aim to meet that demand by improving our processes with new machinery upgrades such as this.

New Building and Location for Shimco Headquarters Announced

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap-management solutions, announced today the upcoming move of Shimco’s headquarters to a brand new building in Cambridge, Ontario. Ground breaking for the new site will take place in July 2015 with the relocation planned for December 2015.

The new 25,000 square foot facility in Cambridge will house the new headquarters of Shimco as well as a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, incorporating increased automation and the latest lean manufacturing principles. The manufacturing facility will see the addition of new machines with increased capabilities, robotics and RFID inventory tracking, allowing for a faster turn-around time for its customers’ orders. Further, in-line with the company’s vision of being at the leading edge of advanced manufacturing processes, it plans to collaborate with local educational institutions to create a ‘centre of excellence’ to commercialize leading edge manufacturing technologies. An additional 15,000 square foot expansion is also planned to incorporate surface treatment and testing, allowing the company to offer an end-to-end solution to its international customer base.

Cambridge is a well-known, diverse community with a history of success in the manufacturing sector. Many national and international brands have head offices or local manufacturing facilities in Cambridge such as ATS, Com Dev, Heroux Devtek, Magellan Aerospace, PCC Centra, Raytheon and Toyota, some of which are located near the planned new Shimco site.

During the relocation period, parallel manufacturing is planned for the current manufacturing site in Markham, Ontario and the new Cambridge location to ensure no interruption in deliveries to customers.

Peter Voss, President, CEO and owner of Shimco comments: “Shimco has a long and successful history from operations in our current location in Markham. The City of Markham has been very supportive of Shimco, including the local business association awarding us with a Business Excellence Award in Innovation last year. However, as a result of exponential growth stemming from our partnerships with many of the world’s largest Tier 1 and OEM aerospace companies, it was time for Shimco to relocate into a larger and more modern manufacturing facility. After researching multiple options, the site in Cambridge provided us with the right combination of building a cost-effective new facility within a dynamic and strategically located community known for advanced manufacturing. Our new facility will accommodate Shimco’s accelerated growth as well as our future expansion plans.”

New Manufacturing Facility

Planned site for Shimco’s new headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario