William R. With a workforce of ten Mr. Anderson set out to supply the industry with the very best and latest machinery for making bolts and nuts. It was the Bolt Cutter that carried the National name into bolt shops around the world. It's performance in cutting true threads was unparalleled.
Our No. Our Nail Maker was popular around the world and at times was the only nail maker available. They have correspondence and make sales all over the world". By then, we had doubled our original , sq. As modern electric motors came on the scene, the steam engines that powered our line shafts became a thing of the past and electricity became the new source of power.
Engineers were finding that forgings were far stronger than the castings. With the popularity of forging, we gave the industry a National Heavy-Pattern Forging Machine, our first machine designed specifically for forging parts not just bolts and nuts. This became the forerunner of what we know today as our High-Duty Forging Machine. In this four day show, over visitors from all over the world witnessed the latest equipment and methods available for forging parts.
In all, there were 35 headers and forging machines on display. It weighed a whopping tons. In , we shipped the first automatic Tong Feed Forging Machine. This radical new concept in forging caught the eye of another very important entrepreneur of the time, Henry Ford. When visitors and dignitaries arrived in Detroit, he drove them directly to his National 4" Forging Machine which he considered the marvel of its day.
Although the Maxipres really started as a coining press, it soon became a valuable asset to a forging line. With the development of our pneumatic clutch in the early 's, it was renamed the High-Speed Forging Maxipres. This machine was known throughout the world as the largest forging machine ever built.
In contrast, we also offered a new line of small machines, Tubular Rivet Headers, the smallest weighed 2, pounds. Only about 3. A ceremony was held at the local Ritz Theater. This machine incorporated a unique transfer that allowed us to rotate the blank between operations thus improving the integrity of the formed nut blank while increasing productivity and saving material.
This process is still the preferred method for making nuts even today. Manville Co. Purchase Our growth continued and not just with the new products we developed but with the purchase of E. Manville Company in Waterbury, Connecticut. This helped us round out our line of slotters, threaders and other fastener making machinery. We continued to build the Manville line and supply repair parts for another 20 years. This massive press weighed more than half the population of Tiffin.
For the war period, the government took over practically all of our production capacity to make Maxipresses to forge the jet blades that were so critical to the war effort. The plant had expanded to over , sq. An open house was held to show off the new expansion and our investment in over new machine tools. Attendance was unbelievable. This year-old company was the largest manufacturer of cold forging machinery outside of the U. This acquisition gave us the opportunity for growth in the world market and ushered in a new era of international business.
The Universal Transfer was developed to add even more flexibility and forming capability to this new line of modern forming machinery. At that time, only companies in the U. The largest, Hot Former, set another world record for size. It was shipped to a customer in France for the production of gear blanks and ring gears. This large Hot Former could feed over 3" diameter hot rolled bars and 8" gear blanks at 45 gears per minute.
In , our largest U. They cited a declining market. They said they would be best served by concentrating on rolling mill machinery, not cold heading or threading.
The FORMAX line of cold formers met the needs of the fastener and the cold formed parts industry and was quickly embraced by many of our customers. FORMAX provided customers a very simple and easy-to-operate system that drastically increased production through higher machine speeds and more rapid job changeovers. This new approach to cold forming machinery was quickly accepted worldwide.
This technology will carry us and the formed parts industry well into the next century. When we couple the advanced technology of FORMAX with the dedication of our people providing outstanding service and high-quality machinery, it's no wonder that we've developed the reputation of setting "The World Standard for Excellence. More recently the ability to develop complex parts has led to the expansion of the number of dies that are available with 7-die machines becoming more common.
Over customers visited during each day of the three day Open House event. Visitors were able to see the results of extensive plant expenditures over the last two years including investments in new production machining equipment, inspection equipment, process flow improvements and employee work areas. T Srl, the Tortona, Italy-based company that is a leading thread roller machine manufacturer and pioneer in using servo drive technology.
As we forge int o the coming years, we see changes and opportunities. We now see a future that emphasizes growth and stability. We will work to extend our leadership position in the cold forming industry, together with our customers — making us both more successful.