Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ingersoll Machine Tools in Rockford, IL

(Manufacturing Satellite; Headquarters Campus Satellite)

This Ingersoll is not the same as Ingersoll Rand. This company makes milling machines and cutting heads for those machines. Watching some of the videos, they can also replace the milling head with heads that can do 3D-printing, inspection, and adding layers to build carbon fiber (composite structure) parts.

From Google Map I got two different web sites: Camozzi and IMC. It appears the company not only makes milling machines for manufacturing companies, it makes especially big machines that it uses to manufacture parts for other companies. It also helped spawn several machine tool and aerospace companies in the Rockford area.

Winthrop Ingersoll assumed control of a milling machine company in Cleveland, OH in 1890. In 1891, he "relocated to Rockford, Illinois, one of the country’s burgeoning new industrial centers. Ingersoll’s first Rockford plant, which employed 19 people, cost $12,000." In 1903, "Ingersoll creates the worlds largest Milling Machine for General Electric. It weighs 400,000 lbs and represented a major accomplishment for such a young upstart company. The Great Depression didn't slow Ingersoll down. In 1935 Ingersoll builds one of the first machines to automatically transfer engine blocks from one machining station to another." [history]

What the history does not mention is when the company moved its headquarters to the opposite side of town.
I assume the 2009 headquarters was located at their Fulton Ave location.
Ingersoll Headquarters 2009 [photos]
The Lyford Road address is the one currently on their web page.
Ingersoll Headquarters 2012  [photos]
I learned about the company from a Facebook posting of 1947 photos that I include at the end of these notes where there should be space in the sidebar for the original sized images. The company has a Facebook page. That page has this video that demonstrates the "Largest Gantry AFPM."
Screenshot @ -1:22
I never did figure out what an "AFPM" is. I doubt it is the "American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufactures." I think the "music" in that video sucks. I sat through the audio once to confirm that no information is lost by hitting the mute button.

This video shows they machined the pressure vessel for the Orion Spacecraft. There is no need to mute this video because it doesn't have any audio.
Screenshot @-0:14, cropped
(new window)  A video about a solar telescope they evidently built. It has a pleasant sound track.



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Lost Illinois Manufacturing posted
1956 and what was proclaimed the largest mill in the world, Ingersoll and its bridge mill in Rockford.
Jim Ritchie .. what Ingersoll did and HOW they did it will never be replicated under one roof again ....Joseph Kole Overnite Transport Co...Now a UPS Co.Jim Ritchie piston turning machines - tank turrent / body milling machines - air craft wing spar mills - composite tape laying machines - oil well pipe turning machines - aluminum scalpers - milling machines for machining steam turbine shells - high speed routers for machining airplane composite floors - milling machines for automotive body dies - milling machine's for rough machining in steel mills - locomotive engine block machining systems - drilling systems for air craft wing structures - linear motor ( they built there own ) high speed aluminum routers with 30 - 40000 rpm hydrodynamic bearing spindles ( also built their own spindles ) - custom cutter bodys for the machining systems they built.Jim Ritchie Adverage part lot size in the machine shop was 3 -------- % 70 which will never be repeated againJim Ritchie Style of mill in the picture .. table was a hydrostatic lift .... part weight limits available the other side of 200000 lbs .... overhead crane capaticy usually was the determining factor. ( your responsible for the foundation )
The following three videos were suggested by Jim Ritchie.

(new window)  A lot of scenes are rather confusing. But some are very informative.


(new window) At 1:55, the robot arm I had noticed started working. Look at its rack of cutting tools that it can choose from. These videos make me appreciate that I do a pretty good job of holding a camera steady during a video.


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Lost Illinois Manufacturing shared three images from the 1947 Locomotive Cyclopedia.
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