Bowden Blog: 2 Second Lean – Clamp Cell Chip Chutes

We’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey with our Daily Morning Improvement Time each day and creating videos to show our improvements.

We’re continuing in our Machining Cell where we’re running Clamps, as we look to transform the Cell through our daily actions.

In today’s video, Jeremy and Marvin are working to keep the chips from the machining operation contained to keep their workbench cleaner.

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean – It’s Hammer Time!

We’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey each day and starting to put together more videos showing our improvements.

Here’s our latest one from this morning’s Improvement Time on the shop floor.  It was a really simple improvement, but will save a lot of time for Marvin as he goes through his day!

Bowden Product Introduction – AR-15 Handguards

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After years producing parts for the defense industry and more recently, the commercial gun market, Bowden is launching a series of handguards for the AR-15.  Designed to be easy to install, these handguards come in two main styles (M-Lok and keymod) for 6″-15″ lengths.  They are Made in the USA and will able available this Fall.

This is exciting news for our Team and we’re excited to establish begin production in the coming months.  Stay tuned as we’ll report on our progess in the weeks ahead!

Laser Engraving

Bowden Manufacturing’s laser engraver machine makes shallow permanent marks on finished parts with most any design or logo and with numerous fonts and sizes! Use for: Serialization, Traceability, Parts identification, Customization.

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Bowden Manufacturing Teammate, Sandy Adams operating our Laser Machine!
Bowden Manufacturing Teammate, Sandy Adams operating our Laser Machine!

Featured Positive Story of the Week

CNC Haas Lathe – Set-up

Bowden Teammate Arthur, on Haas Lathe

Bowden Manufacturing Teammate, Arthur Biddulph, showed his Ability to Learn as he completed his first set-up operation!

The set-up of a CNC machine is a critical aspect of the machining operation. Precision, attention to detail, and advanced knowledge of the machine is required to perform the set-up correctly. The operation was done using one of our CNC Haas Lathe Machines and was a set-up for a roughing operation on a customer part.

The particular part material is a Stainless Steel Super Duplex Grade Alloy, known as Ferralium. Super duplex grade alloys consist of 25% or more Chromium, which makes the metal extremely resistant to corrosion. For this reason, this particular material is used frequently in both marine and chemical applications.

Super Duplex Alloy Characteristics:

  • Twice design strength of other stainless steels.
  • Wide range of corrosion resistance to match application.
  • Good toughness down to minus 80 degrees Celsius.
  • Particular resistance to stress corrosion cracking.
  • Weldable with care in thick sections.
  • More difficult to form and machine than other steel alloys.

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Ferralium – Raw Material
CNC Lathe Operation of Ferralium Part
Starting to Take Shape


Finished Ferralium Part

3D Printing: A Useful Tool

The technology of 3D printing has been around since 1984 when Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corporation pioneered the process. The technology has been steadily gaining steam in the industry since then. Personal 3D printing technology was nothing more than merely an idea a few years back. 3D Printer manufacturers such as FormLabs (Form 1) and MakerBot (Replicator) have brought the technology to consumers with the introduction of their desktop models at a very reasonable price

There are numerous applications for a 3D printer in the manufacturing industry.

See pie chart below (Wohlers 2013).

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“Here at Bowden Manufacturing we’ve used our 3D printer to help us better visualize parts we’ve been asked to produce in order to make sure we identify potential problem areas, work holding options and set up inspector plans. It’s a relatively quick and easy way to have a powerful visual tool for planning and presentation. ” says Andy McCartney, President of Bowden Manufacturing.

Here is a 50% scale printed part compared to a finished machined industrial component for one of our customers.

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Andy McCartney goes on to talk about the future of 3D printing in the industry and at Bowden Manufacturing, “We expect that 3D printing technology will continue to develop, get faster, become more cost-effective, and will ultimately have an important role to play in production manufacturing in the not-to-distant future. We will continue to explore the technology, the required skill set to use it, and the potential applications for our customers in the years ahead. “

 Bowden’s Andy McCartney presents 3D printing capabilities and potential usages with Bob Shutt; Engineer at Rable Machine Inc.

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Andy McCartney – Bowden MFG (Left) & Bob Shutt – Rable Machine (Right)
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Featured Positive Story of the Week: January 20th

Featured Positive Story of the Week:

Bowden Manufacturing Teammate, Sarah Eslinger, is known around here for her expertise in our Plastic Department. Comprising about 25% of our current production, our Plastic Department machines various Plastic Materials for the Medical/Healthcare Industry.  (Click Here for a full List of Material we currently work with)

Sarah demonstrated Teammate QualitiesWillingness to Learn and Ability to Learn, as she has taken on several new tasks working with both Steel and Titanium. Bowden Teammate, Sandi Pandy said this of Sarah, “Sarah is very thorough and conscientious. Her attention to detail coupled with the fact that she asks allot of questions helps Sarah understand the job and pick up new skills quickly.” Way to go Sarah!

For any additional inquiries about our machining capabilities or material we work with, feel free to start an open dialog with us!
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Positive Story of the Week: tecsis LP

Bowden Manufacturing had a very encouraging visit with Jim Siebold and Judy Fox from tecsis LP. Located in Worthington, Ohio, near Columbus,  Tecsis specializes in pressure transducers and sensors, load cells, and various custom engineered sensors. You can find Tecsis sensors in the oil and gas industry, automotive and off-road manufacturing, systems integration, aerospace, military, and in general manufacturing installations everywhere. They are appreciative of the work we’ve done for them and we are excited about working with them in the future.

—“We’ve done work with Tecsis in the past and it was great that they made the time to visit us.  We are all hoping that their business can continue to grow and we’re excited to be helpful along those lines.  They have highly-engineered products that typically require milling and turning, a combination which has been a good fit for us” says Andy McCartney, President of Bowden Manufacturing.

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Pictured Left to Right: Matt Hollis - Bowden MFG, Wes Holder - Bowden MFG, Judy Fox - Tecsis LP, Jim Siebold - Tecsis LP
Pictured Left to Right: Matt Hollis – Bowden MFG, Wes Holder – Bowden MFG, Judy Fox – tecsis LP, Jim Siebold – tecsis LP

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Preventative Maintenance: Its Worth the Time.

Here at Bowden Manufacturing we house nearly 50 CNC Machines. Like any car, a well tuned CNC Machine requires regular maintenance, oil and filter changes.

We understand the importance of keeping our machines in top condition. “A machine’s reliability, length of usefulness, and accuracy are linked directly to the attention and maintenance schedule that’s been bestowed on the particular equipment.”

Executing our well-defined Preventative Maintenance Plan routinely; aids in the avoidance of unnecessary downtime, lost production, late deliveries and expensive machine repairs. In the Machining industry issues and failure are inevitable. However, performing the scheduled Preventative Maintenance we have the ability to diagnose and treat potential problems before they become major issues.


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Haas Preventative Maintenance

  • Preventative Maintenance is good for the machine, your investment and your bottom line.
  • A machine’s reliability, length of usefulness, and accuracy are linked directly to the attention and maintenance schedule that’s been bestowed on the particular equipment.
  • This area is becoming as important as scheduling and quality considerations, especially in light of growing requirements for AS 9100 & ISO 9001 certification, as well as other industrial quality standards.


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