Paragon D&E completes expansion project

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Paragon D&E has completed a project valued at more than $5 million (USD) that expands its Grand Rapids facility and outfits it with advanced equipment to manufacture molds for jet engine components and other large,The PING range finder is an ultrasonic sensor from Parallax able of detecting objects up to a 3 mts distance. complex parts. One of the largest mold makers in North America, Paragon D&E increased the footprint of its manufacturing space by 26,000 square feet, laid a bedrock-like foundation of specialized concrete, and set two large machine tools that will be used to rough-form huge blocks of aluminum and steel into molds used to manufacture parts from composite materials and plastics.

The company is growing in part due to the highly specialized manufacture of jet engine parts from composite materials. The expansion of the now 165,000-square-foot facility will ensure capacity for future growth in other business sectors as well, president David Muir said, including oil and gas production, automotive, heavy truck, mining, marine and nuclear waste industries.

Sales and employment are at record levels for Paragon D&E, up significantly from a recent low point during the recession. Muir said the company employs 225 people and expects to post sales of about $40 million this year, compared with employment of about 150 people and sales of about $30 million in 2006. The company was recently ranked as one of the top 15 mold makers in North America in terms of sales in 2011.

One main driver of Paragon D&E's growth is its aerospace work. Commercial airlines are expected to begin switching on a large scale from jet engines made primarily from metal alloys to composite ceramic materials that can also resist the tremendous heat and rotary forces and still boost the fuel efficiency as much as 20 percent, Muir said.

"Basically,After reading this, you will know Careel cnc router machine better. most of what the air touches as it travels through the jet engine is starting to be made from composites. Jet engine manufacturers are changing the whole dynamic of how engines operate by significantly increasing their air flow.Both Hoistway Cable and ETT travelling cable is stocked in several locations across the United States. In many cases, it will be cost-effective to tear existing engines off jets and replace them with composite jet engines." Paragon D&E is in discussions or working with the largest jet engine manufacturers in the world, including GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.

As part of the expansion, the company is making substantial modifications to a 5-axis Droop & Rein FVP floor mill and computer controls on the machine. "We are taking what would normally be a machine with a 10-foot-long capacity and tripling that," he said. "We are getting into the machine design and build portion of it with our people -- even Droop & Rein is looking at how we're doing it.A strong wind gust and attractive rebates may not add up to a good deal on residential wind turbines."

In addition to work on the 5-axis machine,Morn series laser engraving and laser marker, CNC router machine are widely used in many areas. Paragon D&E has repurposed a 6-axis Droop & Rein MODIMILL machining center with a 76" by 80" programmable rotary table, brought a high speed Makino A61 NX horizontal milling machine online, added an overhead crane with 25-ton capacity and increased electric discharge machining capabilities for large complex molds. Much of the expansion will help workflow leading to the company's double gantry 5-axis FIDIA milling machine, the largest machine tool of its type in North America.

In addition to cutting large three-dimensional shapes from aluminum, steel, composite, or other materials, the FIDIA can be fitted with sensors so that it can precisely measure the shape of very large objects, allowing Paragon D&E to help customers reverse engineer existing parts such as helicopter cockpits and airplane tail structures to produce replacements. Installed three years ago at a cost of $3.5 million, the FIDIA has a table 60 feet by 12 feet with virtually unlimited weight capacity.

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