Colonial Tool's Top of The Line Workholding Fixtures
Colonial has broadened its reach to the realm of workholding fixtures, accounting for 10-15 percent of its overall product portfolio.
“We’ve been doing it several years, but there seems to be a huge need and limited resources out there,” Brett Froats said. “So, that’s been growing fairly quickly. We are gaining a good name in the market. We are steadily increasing our reputation with Nemak in Mexico with design and build of workholding fixtures for engine blocks, manifolds, and similar power-train components that require unique locating and clamping for precision machining.
“Basically all of our products about 70 percent are focused on automotive. Within the automotive industry, it’s the power-train components transmissions and engines. So, workholding fixtures are a good fit with our products that we manufacture right now.”
Most of Colonial’s new products are manufactured in Windsor but can be easily serviced at its Michigan and Mexican facilities. Recently, Colonial shipped its first electric drive-broaching machine to Mexico.
However, despite all of its growth over the past two decades and annual revenue in the $20 million range, Colonial has maintained the quality and core values that customers seek out in a small company.
“It’s kind of ingrained in the culture here,” Brett Froats said. “There was a learning curve on some of the workholding fixtures. It wasn’t perfect right from the start, but as we gained more experienced we recognize where to focus our attention.”
Workholding Fixture Capabilities
Colonial has been manufacturing workholding fixtures and producing parts since 2000; specializing in high accuracy parts for the automotive industry. Colonial typically run jobs of 10,000 to 50,000 parts annually, though they have the capacity to run thousands more.
Colonial designs their workholding fixtures to produce multiple parts on one fixture with precision and accuracy.
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