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Center hole not quite on center? Ideally, workpieces for lathes and grinders will have center holes drilled exactly in the center, ensuring perfect concentricity. But in the real world of high-paced machining, this is not always the case. Off-center deviations of just a few thousandths will drastically reduce machining accuracy. Reworking of parts may also cause their center holes to be no longer concentric with the machined surfaces. Bad center holes are an occasional nuisance, but RitenRead more

A Common, but Often Overlooked Cause of Bad Parts: Tailstock Repair

Every lathe and grinder operator has at one time or another struggled with workpieces that are out of round, tapered, or have poor finish. The “quick fix is typically replacing centers or replacing spindle bearings. The problem goes away initially only to reoccur a short time later. More often than you’d think, the problem can be traced to wear and tear on the machine’s tailstock. Riten has repaired, rebuilt and redesigned dozens of tailstocks, and can show you how to isolate the troubRead more

The Importance of Safety at Riten Industries

Although National Safety Month ended in June, we are constantly working to ensure that our products are safe, reliable and exceed industry requirements. The products that we manufacture for the various industries that we serve undergo strict reliability and safety tests. The aerospace industry relies on us for live centers, dead centers, face drivers and custom workholding products. These products are tested and inspected thoroughly before being delivered to our customers. We also perform tesRead more

Riten Industries Live Centers: Helping Make Wind Turbines Work

Did you know that wind energy cuts CO2 emissions, and that, according to the Energy & Policy Institute, while typical energy grids produce 800g of CO2 per KWH generated, wind energy displaces all of that? Furthermore, did you know that, due to its increasing demand and recognition as a cleaner source of power, the wind energy industry plans to double wind energy use in the U.S. by 2020, and boost use from 4% today to 20% of electrical output by 2030?* So what do wind energy, Riten InduRead more

Riten Client Case Study: Increasing Efficiency and Ensuring Solutions

At Riten Industries, our products are counted on to provide workholding solutions to countless clients—clients who depend on them to make their work more efficient and effective. One example of a solution we provided is for a global manufacturer of industrial transfer, process, and circulation pumps. They produce a family of pump shafts of varying lengths and diameters that are turned on an Okuma LB4000EX CNC lathe and subsequently ground on a cylindrical grinder. When the planRead more

Meeting the Challenging and Growing Demands of Spline Rolling

Spline rolling is one of the most popular and economical manufacturing processes for creating an involute tooth form. This cold forming process offers many advantages in the manufacture of automotive and power transmission shafts, motor shafts, pump shafts, axles and other parts where there is a need to transmit torque. Global manufacturers count on spline rolling for its ability to produce splines, grooves, and threads at production rates of up to 300 parts per hour. Simply put, spine rollinRead more

STEM Education: Why it Matters to Everyone

Manufacturing in America is bouncing back in a big way, and there are many reasons why. One of the biggest ones is innovation—the technology and thought leadership that’s prevalent in manufacturing in this country is second-to-none, and it’s making us truly competitive. This same innovation and technology is changing the face of manufacturing, making it more exciting and more stimulating than ever. And yet, while the industry is growing and jobs are opening, there aren’t enough young Read more

How to Choose the Right Center for Your Needs

One of the most common questions we come across from clients are what factors need to be considered when selecting the right center for a particular job. We’d like to help simplify and demystify the process. Assuming centers of equal quality, what differentiates them is the application, capacity, and price. There are centers that are made for specific processes and specialty applications—spline-rolling, gear hobbing, gear grinding, heavy duty, etc.—and if you have a specific applicationRead more

Say the Words that Everyone Wants to Hear…

Made in the USA-- It’s not a cliché; it’s a lifestyle for those of us who believe in quality workmanship and a dedication to the tradition of American pride. It is the industry that built America and the American dream. The manufacturing sector took a hit in the 1970s when overseas opportunities presented companies with lower costs. As many industries closed up U.S. production facilities, the manufacturing sector was forced to eliminate jobs that had sustained our capable workforce. The Read more

Why and How to Choose a Face Driver

As any manufacturer knows, the industry is as demanding and competitive as ever, with efficiency and productivity requirements that are more than a little challenging. That’s why any tool that can increase productivity and quality, without breaking the bank, is more than welcome. One such tool is the face driver. So what exactly is a face driver, how does it work, and how do you go about choosing one? We’re here to help. Face Driving 101 A face driver, simply put, allows you to machRead more

MFG Day 2013: Celebrating the Future of Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry in America is—and always has been—one of the many things that makes this country great. It’s the driver of our economy, the showcase of innovation and technology, and the source of pride for countless generations of hardworking Americans. However, as it’s continuing to make a comeback and further drive our economy, there is a skilled labor shortage that threatens to leave manufacturers searching for skilled workers in the future. That’s why now, more than Read more

Made in America Means Being Responsive, and Being Fast

Manufacturing all of our products right here at our facility in Ohio is essential to our success. Not only does it mean that our products are of the highest quality, but it also allows us to offer the services our customers have come to depend upon. We don't just pull stock products off of a shelf and ship them to our customers. We're here to serve as a source of expertise for anyone looking to find or design the best work holding solution for their application. The right solution is one thatRead more

Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination – A Q&A with Riten Engineer Lisa Thompson

“Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” That was the theme of this year’s National Women’s History Month, and it got us thinking about the extraordinary women who are part of our team here at Riten. We spoke with Lisa Thompson about what being an engineer means to her, and how to get a whole new generation of young women interested in engineering.   What is your educational background? AssociaRead more

Repair and Remanufacture of Live and Dead Tailstocks

Here at Riten we can get your tailstock back in working order, upgrade it to handle more weight or redesign it to better suit your application. In the case of repairs, whether you have a live tailstock or a dead tailstock, a common problem is a worn ID taper. While it’s relatively simple to grind OD tapers, ID tapers require more specialized equipment, and they’re considerably more difficult to measure. We’re one of the few companies that can grind ID tapers just as well as OD tapers.  WhRead more

Morse, Jarno, Browne & Sharpe, and Metric – Manufacturing the Right Machine Taper for your Center

The machine tool industry has settled on Morse tapers as the industry standard for centers. So if you purchase a new machine tool, odds are that's the taper your machine will be built for. But what if you're not purchasing a new machine? What if you need a center with a Jarno taper? Or a Browne & Sharpe taper? Or a straight shank? Well in that case, you call Riten. Machine tapers are complicated to manufacture, but it's imperative that they be manufactured with the utmost precision. In aRead more

“Solutions, Not Excuses”

The work holding solutions we provide start with our standard products. These are solutions that have already been designed and built and are ready for you to purchase. But sometimes our clients have an application where none of our standard solutions apply. For example, there is no standard for a propeller shaft on an aircraft carrier.That's why in addition to our standard options, we offer custom solutions. Sometimes that means taking a standard design and tweaking it slightly. Sometimes thaRead more
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