Thursday, June 23, 2011

CNC Machinery

CNC Who?
It was recently brought to my attention that most folks see us as the “Blanchard Guys”, I have given this some thought and they are probably right in the fact that we do a lot of Blanchard machine sales, repair and re-manufacture. But as an ex farmer in the old days, I know you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. What most people do not know and what we must do a better job of, is getting the word out that we also do a ton of CNC machinery sales and repairs. Of course like most, we prefer to deal in the “Big Brand Names” like Mazak, Okuma and Mori Seiki, but the fact is we have sold many different brands of CNC lathes, vertical and horizontal machining centers and vertical lathes including YCI, Daewoo, Doosan, Hardinge, Fadal, Haas and etc. It seems that we get so much traffic at our web site that whatever brand we have usually finds a home. I would prefer to purchase for inventory most of what we sell, but we have recently been brokering machines for some of our customers. This process fits exceptionally well if they have high dollar amounts on the machine or if it just is too much expense to disassemble and move back to our warehouse.
One of our greatest attributes in my mind is that we have a CNC technician on staff who can power up, cycle, Renishaw ball bar accuracy tests and most any CNC repair. This comes in quite handy when you are talking about disconnecting and re-connecting these types of CNC machines. Late model CNC machines are also very hard to come by, we would prefer to purchase the machines built in 98 and up, but there is still a market for the early 90’s machines as well, it is all dependent on price. If you have surplus CNC machines that you want to sell, get a hold of one of our sales folks and see what they have to offer. In fact it never hurts to make a phone call with any surplus machines that you have.

-Craig Ward

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Social Media Scheme

So here is my second attempt at penning a blog. I have many things to say and picking one of them took longer than putting it to paper as I am a man of many words (a lot of them don’t mean much also). My subject today is our attempt to get into the “social media” scheme, get on board, fire up the engine, you know Twitter, Tweet, Facebook, Blog, Text and what the heck other random words that are now part of our society. The folks that look for machinery are getting younger every day and we figure if we are going to move this 65 year old company forward, we better get hooked up on their media, since I am positive they are not looking in the yellow pages or the printed text any more. It seems that this time tested way to find a machine or a machinery dealer are way too slow for our modern day buyers. Type one manufactures name and model in the Google bar and as Gomer Pile coined the phrase, Shazzam, instant machines and quotes with the touch of a mouse. We have a young man straight out of UofM that we have bribed to teach a bunch of very old dogs, new tricks. Good luck with that Pete, you can measure success when you get a tweet from your Uncle Steve that he now accepts text messaging. For the rest of you, stay tuned as we get hip in the social media. By the way, feel free to “be our Facebook friend” or “Twitter follower”.

-Craig Ward

Wednesday, June 1, 2011