If you have doubts about American manufacturers' ability to remain competitive in a global economy, you need to look no further than Innovative Precision. The company, based in beautiful Ogden, UT, opened for business in 1998. It was founded by Bryan Cardon at the mere age of 22, when most young men and women are more interested in fun, Facebook, and dating than building a successful business.
Bryan launched the business in a small 1200 sq. ft. shop with just an EZTrak mill and a manual lathe. In just six months, the company grew from a one man operation to four. Innovative Precision was doing things right from its inception, and their reputation for doing high quality work with a quick turnaround and at very competitive prices quickly developed.
"Our new machines allow us to bid on business that we previously couldn't bid on at all, or that we couldn't do manufacture cost effectively", Bryan said. "With our new INTEGREX, for example, where it previously took 3 set ups on our lathe and 3 set ups on our mill, for a total of perhaps 2 hours, today we can make that same complete part in 30-40 minutes. The set up time almost goes away, and the accuracy and consistency of the parts we produce is just vastly improved."
The company made a number of new capital equipment purchases this past year, including the addition of a Mazak Nexus VCN 700D/40-II HSVertical Machining Center and a Mazak INTEGREX i-200S.
Bryan admits that while he has been a long time Mazak purchaser, he did look at competitive machine tool builders prior to making his latest purchases. "In the end, we stayed with Mazak", Bryan said. "The INTEGREX has better travels, better ergonomics, and the options are just so much better than other machine tools.Things that are standard on the Mazak INTEGREX are options on their competitors. In the end, the choice to purchase the Mazak INTEGREX was obvious."
Bryan explained that the Mazak INTEGREX i-200S, the fifth generation Mazak multi-tasking machine, features a large machining area and high accuracy performance plus unsurpassed ease of operation thanks to the ergonomic machine design. The team at Innovative Precision values the long strokes for large work piece capacity, and the unsurpassed versatility thanks to B-Axis and C-Axis contouring.
The new Mazak Nexus VCN 700D/40-II HS VMC machine, built in Florence, KY, is designed to maximize efficiency in high speed machining operations. It achieves high productivity with a standard 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle or an optional 18,000-rpm, 50-hp spindle. The machine features a 68.5" x 27.6" table with a maximum part weight of 4,409 lbs. The machine features a standard 30-tool magazine, and tool-to-tool change time of 1.5 sec.