Wood-Mizer has transferred the key process of induction hardening its band blades destined for Europe to the European manufacturing facility in Poland. Blades for the Americas are still hardened in Indianapolis at the parent headquarters.This follows dramatic expansion of European blade manufacturing lines and brings the process a step closer to the strategic move of the entire European blades process — from melt at steel mill to dispatch to customers — to Europe.
Until now, all strips were made in the USA under rigorous quality control. After being punched with the basic tooth profile, and hardening the tips the European allocation was shipped across the Atlantic. Final profiling, setting and weldingwere carried out in Poland.
Now with installation of new induction hardening equipment the tips of the teeth are hardened within closely defined hardening parameters in Poland.
The hardened materials are then ready to be processed through one of currently nine blade or coil lines. The lines were designed and developed by Wood-Mizer and are regarded as the only way to ensure the high quality and repeatability of the grinding and setting process of its blades.
Having mastered the hardening process, the next step will be to locate steel strip suppliers in Europe that can produce our specific alloys to our rigorous quality standards and then install punching capability in Poland, when this has been done Wood-Mizer will have achieved a long anticipated increase in flexibility as well as the ability of the American and European plants to support each other in the event of catastrophic raw materials problems.
Wood-Mizer claims its narrow band blades are superior to anything else because their manufacture starts at the melt, under their control. The steel is poured and rolled to its specifications which are maintained down the line.
Off the shelf sharpening and setting equipmenthadn’t given the repeatability or quality desired and so Wood-Mizer designed and made its own equipment and the whole process is now controlled by Wood-Mizer.
Consequently, it feels confident in guaranteeing supply, repeatability and quality. So as far as Europe is concerned Wood-Mizer says it is working its way backwards to the melt!