Heavy investment in skilled machinists, cutting edge technologies and robust quality management programs is driving new business opportunities for Vacuworx with a newly renovated machine shop inside its Tulsa headquarters. Vacuworx is now extending its exacting standards used to machine and fabricate many of the parts for its own products into a new business opportunity. The global equipment manufacturer is turning excess capacity into a new revenue stream as the company takes on contract work for outside companies.
Vacuworx offers comprehensive design, CAM programming and machining services on an array of raw materials. The shop can accommodate short to large production runs and specializes in prototype development and finish treatments to suit individual needs. The new venture reflects the company’s overall dedication to safety, focus on efficiency and investment in proven technologies with 10 CNC machines, fully simultaneous five-axis machining, and a dual-spindle, live-tooling, bar-fed, part-catching lathe.
Vacuworx Director of Manufacturing D.J. Gall oversaw construction of the space during a three month build-out on the company’s 60,000-square-foot campus at 10105 E. 55th Place. Renovations included durable epoxy floor coatings, four bridge cranes for safe and easy maneuvering of parts and equipment, and all new LED fixtures and bulbs for energy efficient illumination throughout the entire facility. A state-of-the-art inspection room was designed for the most precise measurements and an HVAC system with three 15-ton air conditioners was installed to allow for complete climate control and redundancy.
Vacuworx has already seen success crafting high-grade parts and components manufactured according to the rigorous specifications of customers operating in the oil and gas, automotive and agricultural industries.
Product quality and safety are top priorities for Vacuworx, which is certified to ISO Standard 9001:2015 for Quality Management Systems and is currently pursuing AS 9100 certification, emphasizing the ability to meet or exceed quality management standards for aviation, defense
and space organizations.
Vacuworx Machine Shop Manager Josh Carpio, who leads an eight-person team credited with helping improve machine cycle times at Vacuworx by up to 70 percent, said they have made significant progress toward automation and “lights out” manufacturing, which requires no physical human presence outside of normal business hours to achieve maximum productivity and customer satisfaction.
“We have a safe, bright and super clean facility designed to promote smooth workflows, the utmost efficiency and a high level of accountability,” Carpio said. “And we’ve made a lot of headway with running ‘lights out,’ the way these machines were intended, to work
continuously without sacrificing quality.”
“Our people understand the importance of having the best technology and how it can benefit the company and our customers,” said Bill Solomon, president of Vacuworx. “We are tapping into the vision and creativeness of our best employees, utilizing the increased capacity and superior tooling ability to best serve our customers so they can grow while keeping both eyes fixed on their core business.”