Bardons & Oliver also Machines Small Parts

Bardons and Oliver’s Contract Machining Group is well known for machining large complex parts. Although we’re very capable machining large complex parts, we’re just as capable of machining smaller complex parts.  B&O has multiple pieces of equipment capable of machining a 24” cube and under.

Our Makino a81, 16 pallet 24.75” x 24.75” (628mm x 628mm) shuttle machine with a Makino cell controller system is one example of our smaller work envelope.   Our Makino a81 boasts a 300-pocket tool changer with 3.2 second tool change time (chip to chip), Renishaw probing, ChipBlaster high pressure coolant system, up to 10,000 r.p.m., and is capable of operating unmanned.  It’s just one example of our equipment that is capable of efficiently machining smaller parts.

Bardons and Oliver wants to be your partner to drive out costs while exceeding your expectations. Please contact a Sales Team Member for more information.

Makino Cell



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Bardons and Oliver’s Contract Machining Group is nearly complete with the complete rebuild of one of our large machining centers. One of our four multi-pallet K&T Orion 2300 machining centers has been 100% rebuilt and retrofitted with the latest Fanuc 31i-Model B CNC controls.  Additional upgrades include a rebuilt head stock and spindle, a redesigned linear way system for all axes, brand new Sony scales (X, Y, Z, & B), a Renishaw probing system, and a ChipBlaster high pressure coolant system.

We’re ready to get started machining your most complex parts. Please contact a member of our Sales Team to help solve your most challenging projects!

Rebuilt Orion 2300 Machining Center
Rebuilt Orion 2300 Machining Center
Rebuilt Orion 2300 Machining Center
Rebuild In-process
Rebuild In-process
ChipBlaster Model WV2-120 High Pressure Coolant System



Bardons & Oliver Contract Manufacturing Machines Forging Press Dies

B&O is currently machining forging dies made from a very wear resistant material. Our equipment is not only capable of machining challenging contours with multiple angles and radii, but we can confirm geometry using our 100% refurbished LK G-80K, CNC CMM utilizing our 3D inspection software, CMM Manager.  The pictures shown are of the raw material and the finished product.  For more information about our machining services,please contact one of our Sales Team Members.

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Design 2 Part Show – Monroeville, PA – 9/16 – 17/2015

Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining will have a booth at the Design-2-Part show in Monroeville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh) on September 16 and 17, 2015.

We’ll have pictures of the parts we’ve made recently, along with some actual parts.

B&O CM specializes in large parts. You can get a look at some other examples of our work on our Gallery Page.

Stop by and talk to Ben Bailey, our Manager of Sales Engineering & Customer Fulfillment at Booth 219.

You can register (free!) for the show — go to:

We look forward to informing you about our products and services and what we can do to make your parts processes easier.

Ensuring Precision: Rebuilding Our CMM


“[…]precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity.” Niklaus Wirth

Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining takes the Swiss computer scientist’s attitude seriously. Part of our continuing efforts to provide the quality our customers expect of us when machining their parts involved refitting our CMM.

The machine, (an LK G80k), was originally purchased and installed in 1995. About 10 years ago, we did a control upgrade due to obsolescence — the parts needed to repair the machine simply were no longer available.

Earlier this year, it became obvious to our Quality Manager Cedric Ridgeway that we were again facing a situation where simple repairs were no longer possible. Nikon Metrology, LK’s successor in the manufacturing of the LK machines, was called upon to provide B&O with an up-to-date control and software now, allowing us to be proactive, rather than waiting for a breakdown that would bring production grinding to a halt.

In addition, B&O reviewed the physical condition of the machine. It was decided to completely rebuild the CMM’s mechanical drives. Further, the scales were replaced, and the wiring completely redone. The machine now stands on a 1″ thick steel plate, overlaid on a 4′ granite block. If it were necessary, you could drive a towmotor onto the CMM.

After the three week project was finished, here’s the status quo. The work environment is 118″ by 78″ by 79″. Mr. Ridgeway says that he believes the machine now provides better and faster positioning of the probe, increasing efficiency for Contract Machining.

What can we do for you?

Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining specializes in machining large parts. Learn more about our capabilities on our website at or contact our Sales Executive, Bob Durr, at, or 440.498.5800, ext. 212.

The Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining Advantage – Tool Presetter

Kelch CNC Kalimat A Tool Presetter
Kelch CNC Kalimat A Tool Presetter

What is the Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining Advantage? In addition to our experienced staff and management and the pride we take in providing your parts on spec and on time, we have the right tools to get the job done. Today, you’ll learn about our Kelch CNC Kalimat A tool presetter.

Our Contract Machining division specializes in smaller runs of large parts. This means tools get changed out when the part being machined changes. In order to cut down time at the machining center, we use a Kelch Kalimat A presetter. It performs independent tool measurement away from the machine and can free up productive time considerably. The end result can also be is reduced machining costs for the our customers.

In addition, by using a presetter to set up tools, we can detect runout problems and hold each tool to a defined runout limit. By avoiding using tools that are too worn, we can remove material more aggressively and reduce runout error.

The Kalimat A is a CNC-based presetter, which enables transfer of tool data directly to our CNC machining centers and reduces data error.

Click on the picture below to learn more about Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining’s in-house machining, metrology and other equipment, and the services we provide that can help make your parts more efficiently and economically.

Parts in the Spotlight: LARGE Part (1 of 4)

In the recent past, as a rule, the larger parts we’ve created have been for our company (Bardons & Oliver Machine Tool Manufacturing) — items such as machine housings and bases.

However, more recent customers have begun to bring parts to be produced for them to our machine shop here in Ohio, making use of our milling and turning machine centers.  This one, for a part being created for a customer in the oil & gas industry, maxed out our cranes — the raw material weighed 10 tons!

Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining Employees, CNC Machinist Chad Reznik (l) and CNC Programmer/Machinist Paul Schmidlin (r) with the 20,000-lb. raw material about to be turned into a new part.

Over the next few days, we’ll show you a few steps in the process from raw material to finished product.

Facts about the Raw Material
Steel A350 LF2 forged
Weight 20,000 lbs.
Dimensions 46.00″ OD X 21.06″ ID X 51.25″ LNG

Fermat WFT13 + Large Parts = Success for Bardons & Oliver


Northeast Manufacturing Magazine, the regional magazine for Manufacturing News Online, published a profile of Bardons & Oliver’s purchase and use of Fermat’s WFT13 for machining large parts, both completely and in part.

Bardons & Oliver specializes in parts up to 20,000 lbs. and a 7-foot cube (finished size: X/Y/Z – 120″/78″/60″). The Fermat enables us to handle those parts where use of a horizontal boring mill is appropriate.

B&O personnel who were interviewed for this article included Ben Bailey, Brett Baldi, 1st Shift Team Leader Tom Bayus, CNC Machinist John Shields and B&O President William Beattie.

You can read the article online here.