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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.

Meet Cedric Ridgeway, Quality Manager

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACedric Ridgeway, Bardons & Oliver’s Quality Control Manager, ensures that our product meets or exceeds our customers’ standards.
Q24How long have you been in quality control? Where did you get your start?
A24I officially started my career in quality in 1999, when I was promoted to Quality Manager. I had years of experience in machining, inspection, and CNC programming, but no training in quality disciplines. My first project as quality manager was to work with the entire staff to develop a formal quality management system and achieve ISO 9000 certification of that system. With the help of others within the company and an outside consultant, we were certified. During that time I received quite an education in systems, processes, and documentation. An ASQ course in quality engineering was very helpful. Much of what I needed to know came from my shop training and experience.
Q24How long have you been with
Bardons & Oliver?
A24In May 1988 I started at B&O as an apprentice machinist. Prior to that I had worked in a couple of different machine shops
over a 3 or 4 year period.
Q24What do you like about working
for Bardons & Oliver?
A24I sometimes like to call us “the manufacturers of manufacturing”, and could go on about this forever. Without companies like us, the world we live in could not exist. Imagine life without cars, trucks, trains, planes, phones, fuel production, plumbing, electricity, mining equipment, etc.
Modern society owes its very existence to machine tool manufacturers
and their technically-skilled workers.
Q24What advice would you give to someone who was considering quality control as a career?
A24Quality is all about meeting requirements and expectations. Therefore, watch, listen, learn, and seek to understand. Take an analytical viewpoint. You must know what your customer wants before you can produce and deliver. I would encourage development of strong language skills. Good math skills are also important due to the application of statistical tools in quality. Quality positions in manufacturing may also require strong geometry and trigonometry skills since machine and component geometry requirements are usually very specific for products.
Q24What would you like current or potential customers to know about Bardons & Oliver? What makes B&O different?
A24We at Bardons & Oliver are committed to the success of our customers. Their success is our success. Realize that together we are shaping the future of the world.
Q24When you’re not on the job, what’s your favorite leisure activity?
A24Everyone who knows me knows that I love music, and, blues music above all others. I was fortunate that when I was going to elementary school in Cleveland, music was part of the regular curriculum. I loved it when the music teacher would come to the classroom and play the piano while we sang. In the 4th grade I was  able to take up the clarinet and learned other wind instruments in later years. Today I spend hours each week playing the  harmonica and performing with a blues band on weekends at various venues around northeast Ohio.
After quality, perhaps another career
is on the horizon!