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Taking a Chance on Toyoda Pays Off

May 08, 2019

Carlson Tool & Manufacturing, located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a production-focused company, wanted to add more capabilities to their tool and contract machining division. After research, price comparisons and a recommendation from a local area shop, Carlson Tool decided Toyoda was the answer.

After success with their first machine, Carlson continued to expand their fleet with a range of Toyoda’s to develop their work envelope and increase capacity across the board.

Carlson Tool acquired their first Toyoda machine in 2011—a large FA1050S horizontal machining center. Growing demand allowed us to expand the capabilities of our contract drilling and machining division. We started out with a focus on gundrilling and deep hole drilling, and over the years added additional capabilities in honing, turning and machining. We are now a one-stop shop dedicated to providing turn key components for all markets including Defense, Oil & Gas, Heavy Equipment, Aerospace, Medical, Automotive and many more.

After success with their first machine, Carlson continued to expand their fleet with a range of Toyoda’s to develop their work envelope and increase capacity across the board. To meet the growing demands of their customers, Carlson needed a partner. Their criteria was a partner to: deliver multi-purpose machines that are efficient and flexible; with powerful and reliable technology to differentiate Carlson from competitors; and strong after-sales support to ensure a smooth transition and little down time.

With these requirements in mind, Carlson Tool selected Toyoda machines to meet a range of their needs. Large horizontal machining centers deliver unmatched accuracy for heavy duty cutting, horizontal boring mills provide job flexibility, and five-face bridge mills offer exceptional capacity for large parts. The fleet includes an FH1250SX horizontal machining center, FA1050S horizontal machining center, HB1620 horizontal boring mill, SB316YZM (3m x 1.6m) five-face bridge mill and two RB312 (3m x 1.2m) bridge mills.

The newest machine, the HB1620, has already delivered a 30% decrease in cycle times compared to their previous horizontal boring mill from another builder. Because of results like these, Carlson Tool’s milling division is now 100% Toyoda—with plans to replace machines in other divisions as needed. 

“Toyoda has been an invaluable partner in growing our machining division. They really get to know your business to make sure you are getting exactly what you need to be successful,” said Adam Jaeger, Lead of the CNC Division. Communication and support was a big factor in Carlson’s choice to move forward with Toyoda. “They have excellent service, little downtime and they always have parts in stock if you need them,” he continued.

Toyoda has been an invaluable partner in growing our machining division. They really get to know your business to make sure you are getting exactly what you need to be successful. They have excellent service, little downtime and they always have parts in stock if you need them.

Growing their machining business with Toyoda has increased Carlson Tool’s work envelope tremendously and boosted their business by expanding their range of services. Now, Carlson is 100% confident in their capacity to tackle large and difficult jobs. “Our first Toyoda machine was purchased on high recommendation by another area machine shop. Now, I make recommendations. They make a good product and they stand behind it,” said Jaeger.

About Carlson Tool & Manufacturing

Carlson Tool & Manufacturing is an ISO certified manufacturing company, located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, serving customers with engineering, tooling, drilling, and machining services. 
Company website: www.carlsontool.com

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