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Made in WNY: Take The Plant Tour at CUTCO Cutlery in Olean

Aug 29, 2014|

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-- are injection molding. Department so we. We do the majority. Molding of our handles right here. This is an operation back in the in the early ninety's we actually got into this business. Bought our first two pieces of equipment. And we got I think we've got twelve machines now so despite an operation right here and of itself just molding our own handles for our lives. And when -- remain on remote plastic basically. They're plastic yep it's it's called so gone. Which is a very. It's a it's a very hard plastic. That he you're able to grind and polish to a really nice nice walk. So here's here's one of the presses -- running. Our basic guy handles for our our knives. And that essentially what we're doing we start win. We start with so little plastic pellets and actually every -- that. And we utilized there's a black red and a ground. And the way that we shoot that into the mold it actually gives our handles a little bit out -- modeling -- a marble looking through. So essentially the -- go up into the machine. The -- shoots melt the plastic sheets of plastic indoor -- bit. Got the shape and handles of -- we've got a growing process here that balances between air and water that brings the the parts of the room temperature. -- how would not hold our own handles. The basic -- start of our process this is where we take. -- stainless steel. And we start to know crap that -- -- into a night. On the material that we use for our pitching cover line is up or 48 stainless steel at the very. High carbon -- home. Contents deal which gives us a nice balance I feel that would give us a good start match. -- the same time will be resistant to. What we're doing here is we're handling things. And our rob it seemed like. Carving knives. And on the backside. Arnie is progressively got to -- Styles of blanking that we do we got back handling in progress the blame game. Progressive flanking -- Higher volumes about what we get a little bit more weight -- Feels that we have. The gambling here gets better utilization material. Little bit of a slower out. But basically it's a big seat tickets. Punch like down like cut not looking to be like rolling out -- -- taking a cookie cutter and cutting out that's essentially what we're doing here. But the process is -- treating. When we find Felix that are relatively stops they think you can actually take these steel -- in the convention and we need to do that to make it easy to cut them out. Now -- wanna make the blades hard. So what we -- and you are teaching process is a three step process. Step one is where we Harden and knives and we do that with these continuous belt furnaces that we have we have driven in here want to do. Great. And essentially what we're doing is we're heating up this deal up roughly 19150 degrees Fahrenheit. And then you -- very quickly. That changes the metal and metallurgical. Structure. The the -- to take -- from us the update to our hearts. To complete that transformation and you actually have to take the -- minus 120 degrees Fahrenheit. So that's what we doing these freezer we Rhode. I wake up and these fans we will put these in these freezers they need to be in the freezers one -- up for the entire mass event to come right down the temperature. That completes the transformations that -- to. And then step three is we will put the blades into our tempering ovens which will relieve the stresses that night is just gone through from being heated up. 19150 degrees Fahrenheit and then pulled down to a minus. 11. That's a three step process and now we have a knife blade that it is hard. Can get a sharp badge on it will be tough and -- resist corrosion what the next step in the process that took heat treating it straightening. On the -- will be just the started from the heat -- prop that can't we wanna get it flat. Before we take on our next operation that's what Tim is doing here. And that's basically a drill press or is it for what they doing doing it. It's not a drill press it it what we call hard. Bringing in actually putting still and it went ahead of that scandal there he's mechanically. Actually putting a mark into the lane on the opposite side of where the -- and platinum -- laid out. And the process is policy that perfectly and their policy -- normally. We've got it fixed -- and -- And machine here. Stage one is basically. An aggressive Hollis. States that it's going to be a very -- policy like that but what we're doing it removing the threat from the field. To get the feel -- brilliant shining which is actually in the air -- you can actually see yourself right and he played. And I always like perjury communities start with the court then go to the find exactly exactly the same thing yeah. The next and the profit and all of. Crying. Material away from the night and now we're not putting the final start bad here. We're actually and prepping the -- so that we can put our final had done there. And our ninth -- tonight are done what they that would -- Holland right on their first stop what I. All of Brian allows you to get more material away. Because of the nature of the geometry away from the cutting edge which gives you less drag when your -- One of the features that we have with our night. Except for the prophet and the coloring operation that is very similar to our -- grinding operation but instead of using. I'm grinding -- we're using a polishing wheels so that takes. -- that we just put into the night. And it actually smooth out yet again the benefit much more. Aesthetically yeah. Exit from having kind of a rough -- finished one. Now we're gonna take me up late -- manufactured and handles the Wimbledon and we're gonna put him again. -- -- -- -- -- And mrs. Where obviously -- 973 river construction. Male female compression that revenue. And the design and construction of our knives with the great credit for me interference that we have these rivets or. They're very very difficult to pull -- and it is very unlikely that the scandal is never gonna come up -- night. Next step in the process is that Ryan. And the valley that the knife and forget. The classic in the field plus that the job. That I need not fear the grinding machine basically using an abrasive about. Feel like you're right the feeling of plastic watch for the job. And you can see the difference there. And over here reuse the same piece of equipment we're just turning the ninth on the side we're finding the -- And they handle what would like. You can see what we're doing here. I'm now that we've ground. The handle and a knife blade lodged. -- what this operation is doing it since it was doing two things one it's polishing the areas that we just ground. But it's also doing a little bit grinding and policy in an area where we couldn't get through on the other piece of equipment. Was a little bit more that didn't finish that we're doing. For the night. And this is robotic I'm assuming because it gives you better precision. It does actually this is one of the areas that does is relatively new technology for us. It does a variety of things. Precision is not exactly. The driver of why we did this. The reason that we got into. Robotics was more driven by faith the and where entire that was on people's arms and hands. From having to do this man you -- it on the benefit that we get is it easier on our employees. From McCain. Quality perspective. All of the knives are more consistent now other robots will be very consistent. Enough we -- to have. Fifteen people here grinding knives each person is gonna have a little bit of a different flavored that they. Put on a single night and -- as they grind and polish and so we have more consistency. I -- with all of that we do have better efficiency and better cost. -- it really was they have great project to improve safety quality and cost. -- For the next step for the operation is to polish the handle and the remnants. Very similar process valley college play. But here we're dealing with -- -- the materials being plastic. And rip it. The the box and the polishing compounds aren't quite as aggressive. That -- as you can see we're putting a -- brilliant sign under the handle on the river tonight. This here is our morning operation here is where we are putting him. The final -- on new under the night. This is done these last few operations are -- and tied -- -- thing. I give it they are done by hand and -- -- to this point. We have felt very strongly that got the best quality comes from him. Craftsmanship in this particular part of making a night. Despite the robots they're really does seem like game. Almost I don't I think old fashioned but. A very basic procedure it is it. It is very basic Iowa I would agree with you on that and it you could tell that that we do have some automation and mariners. There's some work that's being done by machines and there somewhere that's being done by hand and we've been able to find a really nice balance. You know I think equipment that that that helps us in a positive way. But still retaining. Other hand craftsmanship that really. Give us the if you love the fit the finish in the precision that we're looking forward to really have the quality night that that we want. The final step at a manufacturing process that. Is -- high -- -- operation. -- fellas doing here and he is removing the birds they've retreated from the morning operation and polishing that -- Which really makes -- that from the start and did very sure. One night before the operation. You'll see that their man having difficulty cutting the paper. It's wanting to drag intent. After -- college didn't end up -- the end. You can say that it. Another -- making the night the final step is to clean it. -- -- And now put it in the packaging to go through our warehouse and distribution better solve every single night is not handed -- that. -- a variety of different things that we're looking forward and make sure that these knives on meet their quality standards that we have. -- -- --