A Note from Bob Brinkman: It’s “Not My Father’s” Davenport

I have noticed a decidedly disconcerting attitude among some in the industry that the Davenport Five Spindle Automatic Screw Machine is “Old” technology. Because if it isn’t CNC, fiber optic or made of Kevlar it’s obsolete. That opinion couldn’t be farther from the truth. After all, the wheel was discovered eons ago but it is still the only efficient way of moving things. The same applies to Davenport. Don’t fall for the CNC trap.

The Davenport HP Davenport is a perfect marriage of proven and improved mechanical technology with the flexibility and control of PLC’s and servo motors. And the Model B is also greatly improved.

Since we started the “New” Davenport the progress that has been made is tremendous. The Davenport is still the fastest, most economical way to produce high volumes of turned parts—period. Why else would there be thousands of Davenports still running? Davenport owners continue to use them because you can buy several Davenports for the price of a CNC machine. And with the addition of back working, Servo threading and the High Precision (HP) head, tolerances and part quality are better than ever.

What are the Davenport users doing? Most are incorporating a variety of machines around their core Davenports. 100% part inspection using a variety of methods, some built into the machine, ensure the ability to supply to the ever more demanding requirements of the customers. Constant innovation here at Davenport has improved the machine to the point that a great deal of the fitting that used to be required has been eliminated. The HP head is holding shave tool tolerances with form tools and running cooler and quieter (for a Davenport). We have more improvements on the way.

Training is important. Many of our customers lament, “I can’t find any decent operators”. The answer is to train them, either here at Davenport or in your own shop with your own unique to you methods. The Davenport HP is easy to learn and with the proper guarding can be clean, quiet and precise. We can help.

Rebuilding. A clutch is a clutch is a clutch. The servo machines don’t have any. When rebuilding, why substitute one type of clutch for another when you can upgrade to a servo machine? Many Rebuilders are using strictly Davenport parts now, but some are not. I urge you to specify original Davenport parts whenever you have your machines rebuilt. They’re no longer expensive. We have made so many changes and improvements to our parts and lowered our prices substantially, that buying non-Davenport parts seems like a waste. A cheap part is only that, a cheap part. But a Davenport part comes backed by the entire company.

Continued Progress. We are small but growing. Remember two years ago what thoughts went through your mind when Davenport might have closed its doors for good? Where am I going to get the parts that nobody else makes? Where am I going to get service and advice on attachments and applications? That’s why we continue to ask for your parts business, to support the rest of the organization. The large corporate, impersonal management is gone for good. We have a dedicated team of people whose only mission is to provide you with excellent quality and service. In the last eighteen months it is Davenport that has driven all prices down. “We’ve come a long way baby”. “It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile”. “It’s not my father’s Davenport”. It’s better, much better! Thanks for your continued support.

Bob Brinkman President and C.E.O. Davenport Machine, Inc. Davenport-the next 100 years!

Davenport Sees Rebound from Recession

The recent recession may not be completely over but the economy is definitely picking up. The stock market is recovering, consumer confidence is rising and automobiles are starting to leave the factories again. At Davenport we see many customers who were down thirty, forty and fifty percent in 2009 from 2008 sales levels coming to life in 2010. Across most segments of our business incoming orders are escalating, machines are coming back to life and workers are being added to satisfy the larger demand. Many manufacturing companies are struggling to ramp-up production and Davenport can help.

Davenport replacement parts, tooling, attachments, re-built Davenport Machines and new Davenport Machines are all available immediately. CJWinter also has a wide variety of tooling and thread rolls available for next day delivery to help you meet your customer’s demands. Along with purchasing our in-stock items please utilize our excellent engineering staff to help solve machining issues and quickly take your production from quoting to delivering quality parts to your customers.

The recession hit us like it hit everyone else, and we used the time to become leaner, more efficient and to replenish our shelves. If you need to get moving quickly to satisfy the increasing demand Davenport Machine is here to help. Thank you for your continued support.

– The Davenport Machine Management Staff

Davenport Machine and RIT Announce New Collaboration in Manufacturing

Donation of state-of-the-art equipment will spur development of new technologies and training techniques.

Davenport Machine a division of the Brinkman International Group and a world leader in small parts manufacturing, will announce a new collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering during a press conference Thursday at the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies on campus.

Davenport has donated equipment worth over $200,000 for use in research and development at the Earl W. Brinkman Machine Tool Lab located at RIT. The Brinkman Lab, in the department of industrial and systems engineering, focuses on state-of-the-art education and training in machine tools and works to develop new techniques, using the latest technology, to increase the competitiveness, efficiency and environmental quality of manufacturing systems.

“Through our long association with RIT we have been able to access state of the art research and innovation that has assisted us in remaining competitive in the global manufacturing marketplace,” said Robert Brinkman, chief executive officer of Brinkman International which owns Davenport. “Through this new collaboration we hope to continue to develop the latest techniques in the field, while also assisting in training America’s next generation of engineers.”

“I am very pleased to see this collaboration with one of our region’s leading manufacturers and employers,” added Nabil Nasr, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies director and the Earl W. Brinkman Professor. “Our work with Davenport has assisted our efforts in providing state-of-the-art research and training to industry and this new partnership will only enhance the work of the Brinkman Lab and RIT.” The Davenport equipment, including a Davenport HP Five Spindle Automatic Screw Machine, will be used in the Brinkman Lab’s ongoing research in machine tools and its work with its industry partners to improve product manufacturing. RIT students and faculty will also utilize the technology through classroom experiences, coop assignments and graduate and undergraduate research projects.

“We are very appreciative of the Brinkman Family’s continued support that allows our students access to state-of-the-art equipment”, adds Jacqueline Mozrall, department head and associate professor, industrial and systems engineering.

The Brinkman Laboratory was founded in 1996 in honor of Earl W. Brinkman, a giant in the small parts industry, longtime CEO of Davenport Machine and generous friend of RIT. The Brinkman family and Brinkman International have contributed greatly to RIT’s engineering programs including creating the original endowment for the Brinkman Lab and Professorship.

Davenport Machine Tool Company, Inc. was founded in 1894 and developed the Automatic Screw Machine which revolutionized the small parts manufacturing industry. The Brinkman International Group, owned by Earl Brinkman’s son Robert, purchased the assets of Davenport Machine in 2003. Since that time, Davenport has nearly quadrupled its local workforce and further expanded its operations nationally and internationally.

“In recent years Davenport has made major strides in utilizing new techniques and engineering methods to increase our market share and remain a leader in the high volume production of turned parts ,” added Robert Brinkman. “Thanks to our continued work with RIT we will continue to promote and enhance the innovation that has been a hallmark of the company throughout our long history.”

Stung by Soaring Transport Costs, Factories Bring Jobs Home Again

The rising cost of shipping everything from industrial-pump parts to lawn-mower batteries to living-room sofas is forcing some manufacturers to bring production back to North America and freeze plans to send even more work overseas.

“My cost of getting a shipping container here from China just keeps going up – and I don’t see any end in sight,” says Claude Hayes, president of the retail heating division at DESA LLC. He says that cost has jumped about 15%, to about $5,300, since January and is set to increase again next month to $5,600.

The cost of shipping a standard, 40-foot container from Asia to the East Coast has already tripled since 2000 and will double again as oil prices head toward $200 a barrel, says Jeff Rubin, chief economist at CIBC World Markets in Toronto. He estimates transportation costs are now the equivalent of a 9% tariff on goods coming into U.S. ports, compared with the equivalent of only 3% when oil was selling for $20 a barrel in 2000.

“In a world of triple-digit oil prices, distance costs money,” Mr. Rubin wrote in a recent report. He figures that for every 10% increase in the distance of a trip, energy costs rise 4.5%.

Transportation costs are just part of a larger wave of inflation sweeping global manufacturing, which has also been pounded by higher costs for basic materials, such as steel and resins.

When savings fall to far less than 15%, it gets harder to justify having the work done in distant Chinese factories that take 12 weeks to deliver products.

The higher costs are particularly problematic for lower-value goods: The cheaper a product, the more significant transportation costs are in the final price. That may help explain why Chinese exports of such “freight-sensitive” goods to the U.S. are now falling for the first time in more than a decade, according to CIBC’s Mr. Rubin.

New Davenport HPO Offers High Precision Orientation

For over 100 years the Davenport Machine has evolved into the most versatile multi-spindle machine on the market today. With the development of the New Davenport HPO Attachment, we have another 100 years of innovation in the making!

The New Davenport HPO Attachment has the flexibility to eliminate the need for two of the most commonly used attachments: the 1380-SA Revinloc attachment and MBSL-200-SA 1800 spindle locating attachment. (Also MB-2-SL-SA, 360 degree locator.)

This orientation (the O in HP!) optional attachment on the Davenport HP can be used in either 3rd or 4th position individually, or both positions simultaneously.

The HPO reduces setup time by eliminating the time involved with installing and setting the machine’s mechanical components.

For example, the revinloc attachment requires a rotary slotter, a clutch made specifically for the number of flats required on the part, a yolk assembly and finally special machining of the stationary head to install the yolk assembly. This can take from 3 to 6 hours to install.

With the HPO optional attachment, all that is required to generate up to 12 features is a special gear set, a rotary slotter attachment and special cam per part requirement. All operations can be completed within 720 degrees, or two full revolutions of movement, set-up time is reduced by one to two hours.

The HPO optional attachment will also function with the work spindles stopped, which was not possible with the 1380-SA.

Due to the shifting of mechanical gears, the speed that your main spindles are revolving is limited to 2500 rpm. A special gear set, rotary slotter with keyed outer spindle and a special cam per part requirement is also required.

The MBSL-200-SA spindle locating attachment is another example for use of the HPO as an optional attachment. This attachment requires spindle stopping clutches (2496-57-SA) to be installed in the machine. The MBSL-200-SA attachment also requires special locating collets, a locating wrench, a cam to engage the wrench to collet and an extra cam to push the spindle to desired position. It also requires extra machining to the stationary head cap and prolonged setup time to install at approximately 4 to 8 hours.

The HPO optional attachment still requires spindle stopping clutches (2496-57-SA) to be installed in the machine, but it eliminates all of the extra machining and a significant amount of the installation time by reducing it to one to two hours.

Davenport Machine Keeps the World Turning: Four Year Update

If you want to have an interesting time, buy a company out of bankruptcy. When we bought Davenport in 2003 there were only twenty employees left, down from almost four hundred in 1979. The building was dirty, the machines were in disrepair; the quality was bad and prices were high. No wonder so many customers had left for alternate sources. We had a big job ahead of us, but I knew it could be done.

In the past four-plus years we have recovered the plant, added new state of the art equipment and redesigned not only the Davenport machine, but more importantly, the processes used to make it.

But the most important thing we have done was convincing our customers that we are back, and we’re here to stay. We’ve done this through lower prices, high quality and readily available inventory. The many improvements we have made to the machine are too numerous to list here but the major ones are on our web site under Engineering Bulletins.

We are continually changing and looking for new ways to build and further improve the machine. We no longer suffer from the “If it wasn’t invented here, it’s no good”, syndrome. I have a saying, “If you’re not changing, you’re going backwards”. Constant improvement is the norm, not the exception. Recent visitors always comment on how much things have changed since the last time they were here, even if it has only been a few months.

The Servo has Evolved into the HP

The Servo nomenclature of machine has been dropped in favor of the Davenport HP designation because all machines equipped with Servo motors come with the High Precision head as standard equipment. (Also available on the Model B.)

The New Kid on the Block: HPO

There is an additional designation as well, the HPO. (Not to be confused with HBO. They play movies.) The High Precision Orientation machine was unveiled at the PMTS show in Columbus this spring. The servo threading motor can now be used in place of the Revinloc to index a slotting head, cross drill or broach in a non-symmetrical pattern.

Adapt to Succeed

Our goal is to help our customers compete with the foreign market by helping reduce setup time and find better ways to run parts on a Davenport. The recent launch of our Quick Change Tooling (QCT) line addresses that goal. We can show you how to change over a machine quickly using standard datum’s and inserts and end working tools. Go to our CJWinter web site at www.cjwinter.com to see the complete line of QCT products.

When we started we made a few mistakes. If I could give you one very useful piece of advice it would be this. Never delay doing what you know will inevitably be the right thing. It is better to take action than wait to be absolutely certain. Usually, when making a change most employees will say, usually confidentially, “What took you so long?” I always say, I’m not clairvoyant, I don’t have x-ray vision, and I can only act on what I know or what someone tells me. I also never act on rumor, even though they are usually true – maybe. I go directly to the subject of the rumor and ask, “Is it true that you finally stopped beating your dog?”, or something like that. I also never lie because I have a lousy memory. But the truth is always the truth. I’d make a poor politician.

At CJWinter we just had a retirement. Dave Rhodes spent one month shy of forty two years working for CJWinter. He started in thread grinding and production and moved over to the Ames St. building last year to serve as production coordinator for the CJWinter product line. We wish him well in his retirement and I personally thank him for all his hard and dedicated work. Without loyal employees like Dave we would not be where we are today.

So in conclusion, I never imagined that the past four years would fly by so fast. All the employees here at Brinkman Products, Davenport and CJWinter thank you for your continued support – and so do I.

R. J. Brinkman, Chairman

Davenport Machine and RIT Announce New Collaboration in Manufacturing

Donation of state-of-the-art equipment will spur development of new technologies and training techniques.

Davenport Machine a division of the Brinkman International Group and a world leader in small parts manufacturing, will announce a new collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering during a press conference Thursday at the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies on campus.

davenport machine rochester institute of technology

Davenport has donated equipment worth over $200,000 for use in research and development at the Earl W. Brinkman Machine Tool Lab located at RIT. The Brinkman Lab, in the department of industrial and systems engineering, focuses on state-of-the-art education and training in machine tools and works to develop new techniques, using the latest technology, to increase the competitiveness, efficiency and environmental quality of manufacturing systems.

“Through our long association with RIT we have been able to access state of the art research and innovation that has assisted us in remaining competitive in the global manufacturing marketplace,” said Robert Brinkman, chief executive officer of Brinkman International which owns Davenport. “Through this new collaboration we hope to continue to develop the latest techniques in the field, while also assisting in training America’s next generation of engineers.”

“I am very pleased to see this collaboration with one of our region’s leading manufacturers and employers,” added Nabil Nasr, Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies director and the Earl W. Brinkman Professor. “Our work with Davenport has assisted our efforts in providing state-of-the-art research and training to industry and this new partnership will only enhance the work of the Brinkman Lab and RIT.” The Davenport equipment, including a Davenport HP Five Spindle Automatic Screw Machine, will be used in the Brinkman Lab’s ongoing research in machine tools and its work with its industry partners to improve product manufacturing. RIT students and faculty will also utilize the technology through classroom experiences, coop assignments and graduate and undergraduate research projects.

“We are very appreciative of the Brinkman Family’s continued support that allows our students access to state-of-the-art equipment”, adds Jacqueline Mozrall, department head and associate professor, industrial and systems engineering.

The Brinkman Laboratory was founded in 1996 in honor of Earl W. Brinkman, a giant in the small parts industry, longtime CEO of Davenport Machine and generous friend of RIT. The Brinkman family and Brinkman International have contributed greatly to RIT’s engineering programs including creating the original endowment for the Brinkman Lab and Professorship.

Davenport Machine Tool Company, Inc. was founded in 1894 and developed the Automatic Screw Machine which revolutionized the small parts manufacturing industry. The Brinkman International Group, owned by Earl Brinkman’s son Robert, purchased the assets of Davenport Machine in 2003. Since that time, Davenport has nearly quadrupled its local workforce and further expanded its operations nationally and internationally.

“In recent years Davenport has made major strides in utilizing new techniques and engineering methods to increase our market share and remain a leader in the high volume production of turned parts ,” added Robert Brinkman. “Thanks to our continued work with RIT we will continue to promote and enhance the innovation that has been a hallmark of the company throughout our long history.”

Davenport Machine Announces Completion of Building Renovation

Davenport Machine is pleased to announce that it has completed a major building renovation program. With assistance from New York State, Monroe County, the City of Rochester and RG&E, Davenport and its parent, Brinkman International Group, Inc., have spent in excess of $2 million upgrading the plant since it was purchased out of bankruptcy in March 2003.

In addition to the $1 million spent in general building maintenance and repairs at the time the assets were purchased, over $1.5 million has been spent in the most recent phase of improvements to upgrade equipment and mechanicals.

Particularly noteworthy is that for the first time in nearly 100 years, Davenport’s manufacturing operations are now fully air-conditioned, just in time for the heat wave. Over 150 tons of air conditioning capacity was added, which required replacing the existing electrical transformer with a 1,000 Kva transformer, doubling its original size.

According to Robert J. Brinkman, Chief Executive Officer and owner of Davenport’s parent company, good working conditions are the key to productivity and success for the over 100 employees. “My belief is that good employees are our greatest asset. At Davenport Machine we go to great lengths to make sure all employees are treated fairly, have excellent benefits and good working conditions” said Mr. Brinkman.

New DVD Set for Davenport Operator Training

Davenport Machine offers a new DVD featuring Davenport Model B operator training.

The 2-disc DVD set covers in detail the following Davenport operations: Identification of major machine components, the work spindles, the chuck and feed mechanism, stocking the screw machine, cross working tools, size and shave tool holders, stationary head and end-working tools, and preventative maintenance.

Additional operator manuals are included with the purchase of the DVD. The manual follows the DVD chapter by chapter and provides an operator test at the end of each chapter. This provides an opportunity for Davenport operator training right at the desktop, if formal training is not possible.

New Quick Change Tool Spindle Box Cuts Hours Off Set Ups

The New Patent Pending Quick Change Tool Spindle Front Box from Davenport Machine was developed in conjunction with Davenport customers to cut HOURS off of every setup requiring a tool spindle change.

When installing a standard one-piece box, it can commonly take one hour to properly align a tool spindle, especially a revolving spindle. The new Quick Change Box allows the steel outer housing to be aligned and installed once, and interchangeable bronze liners can then be swapped in less than a minute. Changing from a stationary spindle to a revolving spindle, or to a broaching spindle, can be done without disturbing the spindle alignment!

All the worn boxes in a spindle machine can be replaced quickly and easily without hours of costly maintenance. When used with new 672-U1-SA and 672-U2-SA Universal Backlash Collars, operators can pull a complete spindle assembly out and replace it in minutes. No other “Quick Aligning” tool-spindle system for a Davenport can claim these improvements, and none are this easy to use, or inexpensive to own. After only 2 weeks of using this new system, one of our first customers has ordered 80 more assemblies to retrofit their machines due to the huge improvement to productivity and downtime reduction.

Features: Permanently installed and aligned Steel Outer Housing, assembly comes complete with the 2 most common bushing liners (Ø1.125 & Ø1.375), Ø1.656 ID liners are also available (Part # 335-UB-1656), absolute lowest cost-of-ownership of any tool-spindle bushing system available, 100% interchangeability with genuine Davenport Machine OEM parts.