Whitewater Armory Railing-Then & Now

Working in conjunction with RR Walton Company, Ltd., Akey fabricated new railings for the Old Armory in Whitewater, WI.

“The Whitewater National Guard Armory was built in 1940 by a WPA Labor Group. Total cost for construction was $30,000. It served as the National Guard Armory until 1992 when the new National Guard Armory was built in the Whitewater Business Park. During WWII, when driving was restricted, the Chamber of Commerce ran dances here that were a popular recreational activity. The building was also leased out three months of the year for roller skating.” 

http://www.whitewater-wi.gov/images/stories/cable_television/WalkingTourBooklet2004.pdf

Today, the Old Armory is an institution with many useful purposes. It serves as a Community Center; Dance Studio; Gym; Food Pantry; & Voting Poll.

Akey Manufacturing is proud to be a part of this project. We salute all the volunteers and staff who devote their time and effort supporting the Whitewater community.

THEN

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Armory B4(1)
Armory B4(2)

NOW

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Exterior of Whitewater Armory Before New Railing
Exterior of Whitewater Armory Before New Railing
Exterior of Whitewater Armory Before New Railing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing

COMPANY PICNIC 2015

COMPANY PICNIC AND EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION 2015

 

The benefits of hosting a company picnic go beyond the fun you have that day.  Companies should consider Employee Appreciation events like a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s or Father’s Day. The sentiments we share and the way we make others feel on those days is how we should act every day. Companies can show appreciation to their employees all year long. The energy and happier-than-usual mood that bringing in breakfast or hosting an awards ceremony creates in an office will certainly be palpable, yet this can be done throughout the year.  Employee Appreciation is a big opportunity to engage and keep your employees happy and productive.

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UW Whitewater Railing Project

FUNDRAISER GOLF OUTING

Congratulations to our foursome (Mark Koch, Eric Rooney, Rick Lang, and Josh Rosburg) who played a great round of golf for a great cause July 11th for the Friends of GOAL Golf Scramble fundraiser for the Orfordville Library! Eric was our “Boat on the Pond” winner and got the ball INSIDE the boat! What a shot! Last year no one even hit the boat! There were raffles and a silent auction that we all enjoyed as well. A big thank you to our other attendees: Jerry Hexom, Beth Lang, Katie Rosburg and Kasey Rosburg for coming out and joining Brad and I in supporting this event!

Brad & Jodi
Katie & Eric with Cheese Prize
Eric & His Packer Prize
Rick & Beth
Kacey & Josh(2)
Eric & His Boat on the Pond Prize(2)
Katie, Eric & Ron
Jerry & Prizes
Brad & Mark(2)

ONE OF OUR LATEST PROJECTS-COOLING TOWER STAND

50 Years of Fabrication

Akey Manufacturing was formed in 1966 as a family owned farm machinery repair shop and later evolved into a manufacturing company producing many product lines such as: side dump trailers, double decking systems for semi-trailers, cargo restraining devices, and many other products. We now specialize in custom fabrication for almost any application.

Akey's First Owner Ron Akey
1970 Tobacco Sprayer
1972 Akey Machine Welding
1972 Building Purchased by Akey (Formerly A.E. Jones Garage & Auto Sales)
1972 Akey Sign @ the Rock County Fair
1972 Rock County Fair
1972 Snow Plow
1975 Firetruck
1980 Custom Painted Manure Spreader (Blue)
1982 Semi Trailer
1983 Custom Storage Carrier
1984 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show
1984 Int'l Plowing Match & Farm Show Featuring Our Manure Spreader
1984-88 Drag Harrows
1985 Feed Trough Conveyor
1985-88 Shop Construction Begins
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1986 Akey Delivery Truck
1987 Woodbridge Bagger
1988 Akey Delivery Truck
1988 Manure Spreader Kit
1988 Manure Spreader
1988 Manure Spreader Flyer
1988 Paymaster Checkwriter
1991 Aqua Cow
1994 Custom Staircase
1998 Akey Office Manager Deb Stover
2014 Akey Company Picnic
2014 Updated Akey Sign
2014 Akey Christmas Card
2014 Front View Akey Building
2014 Woodbridge Bagger
2015 Custom Stainless Steel Countertop
2015 Office Manager Katie Rosburg

RASOR PLASMA CUTTER

 

RASOR PLASMA CUTTER

Komatsu “Rasor” 120 Amp Fine Plasma Cutting System Model KCR-1251, 60″ x 120″ Table, CNC Controlled. DNC Interface, Komatsu G9120-II Power Supply. Equipped with: External Exhaust Unit

These systems are are available with 40, 90, and 120 Amp high definition plasma units. The 40 amp Model KCR 0451 cuts mild steel plate up to 0.250″ (0.6 mm) and the 120 amp Model KCR 1251 with a 5′ x 10′ cutting table cuts mild steel plate up to 1.00″ (25.4 mm), aluminum up to 3/4″ (19 mm) and stainless up to 3/4″ (19 mm). – See more at: http://www.gwmachinery.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=5374#sthash.faIVRonS.dpuf

 

CUSTOM FABRICATION

 

Occasionally, we do custom fabrication for people outside of our usual customer base. Here we have a beautiful custom fabricated stainless steel countertop done for a local couple.


This countertop was fabricated to match the couple’s other stainless steel appliances. After several hours of programming and fitting samples, we started with 14 GA #4 Brush Finish Stainless Steel also called Directional or Satin Finish. Since its invention in 1913, stainless steel has been a multitasking wonder and is the most popular finish for appliances and matching countertops. It can make a sweeping design statement and makes clean up a breeze. Also, stainless steel (unlike other countertop metals) won’t patina. Brush finish is the most common of stainless steel cosmetic finishes and is characterized by fine polishing grit lines that are uniform and directional in appearance. For this project, the finish was produced by polishing the metal with a 120-grit Walter Hand Sander.

Cutting

Blanks were cut using our Whitney plasma cutting system with Hypotherm HPR260 torch with 80″ x 20′ cutting table capable of cutting up to 1-1/4″ thick steel.

Bending

Bending was performed on our Cincinnati Press Brake with Gladwin Crowning System and JMT Durmazlar AD-S Press Brake with 120” bending length.

Welding

Finally, the welding process used was Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known asTungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. This is an arc process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. The weld area is protected from atmospheric contamination by an inert shielding gas (argon or helium), and a filler metal is normally used, though some welds, known as autogenous welds, do not require it. A constant-current weld power supply produces electrical energy, which is conducted across the arc through a column of highly ionized gas and metal vapors known as a plasma. TIG welding is most commonly used to weld thin sections of stainless steel and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloys. The process grants the operator greater control over the weld than competing processes such as shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding, allowing for stronger, higher quality welds.

http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/metal-countertops-copper-zinc-and-stainless-steel

 

METABO CUTTING TOOL

CUTTING TOOL CLASSIFICATION

In the context of machining, a cutting tool (or cutter) is any tool that is used to remove material from the workpiece by means of shear deformation. Cutting may be accomplished by single-point or multipointtools. Single-point tools are used in turning, shaping, plaining and similar operations, and remove material by means of one cutting edge. Milling and drilling tools are often multipoint tools. Grinding tools are also multipoint tools. Each grain of abrasive functions as a microscopic single-point cutting edge (although of high negative rake angle), and shears a tiny chip.

Cutting tools must be made of a material harder than the material which is to be cut, and the tool must be able to withstand the heat generated in the metal-cutting process. Also, the tool must have a specific geometry, with clearance angles designed so that the cutting edge can contact the workpiece without the rest of the tool dragging on the workpiece surface. The angle of the cutting face is also important, as is the flute width, number of flutes or teeth, and margin size. In order to have a long working life, all of the above must be optimized, plus the speeds and feeds at which the tool is run.

CUTTING TOOL TYPES

Linear tools include tool bits (single-point cutting tools) and broaches. Rotary tools include drill bits, countersinks and counterbores, taps and dies, milling cutters, reamers, and cold saw blades. Other tools, such as bandsaw blades, hacksaw blades, and fly cutters, combine aspects of linear and rotary motion.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

CINCINNATI PRESS BRAKE

BENDING ON A CINCINNATI PRESS BRAKE

RATING

All CINCINNATI press brakes are rated for maximum bending pressure, or tonnage. Tonnage can then be converted into ending capacities through an understanding of basic factors affecting the formability of metal. Bending factors, or “rules of thumb,” for press brake forming are based on using mild steel (60,000 psi maximum tensile strength).

Vee Die Opening and Inside Radius

The recommended vee die opening for mild steel up to 1/2” (.500”) thick is eight times the metal thickness. For thicker than 1/2” mild steel, it may be necessary to increase the vee die opening up to ten times the material thickness to minimize cracking of the material. To determine the vee opening for a simple 90° bend, multiply the metal thickness by eight. The answer is then rounded to the next higher 1/8” figure. For example: 14ga. (.075”) x 8 = .600”. This is rounded to a 5/8” vee opening. The inside radius of a bend in mild steel is about 5/32” (.156”) x the vee die opening regardless of the gauge of metal being formed. This figure was determined by measuring formed samples bent over various die openings. To illustrate: If a 1/8” (.125”) sheet and a 1/4” (.250”) plate are formed over a 2” vee die, each will have the same inside radius of approximately 5/16” (.312”).

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE 230CBII HYDRAULIC PRESS BRAKE

  • Capacity 230 Tons
  • Overall Length of Bed & Ram 14′
  • Distance Between Housings 12’6 3/4″
  • Stroke 10″
  • Open Height 17″
  • Closed Height 7″
  • Throat Clearance 8″
  • Speeds:
  • Approach 155″ per min
  • Form 8-16-35″ per min
  • Return 175″ per min
  • Back Gage Speeds X-Axis’, 1200″ per min
  • Main Motor Horsepower 15

EQUIPPED WITH:

  • Cincinnati Heavy Duty Back Gage
  • Electric Foot Switch
  • Pedestal Palm Button Station
  • Manuals
  • Interlocked Construction
  • Clevis Mounted Self Aligning Cylinders

APPROXIMATE OVERALL WEIGHT 33500 LBS

APPROXIMATE OVERALL DIMENSIONS 13’5″L X 60″W X 126 1/4″

 

Source:http://www.e-ci.com/