ITW Heartland Business Unit Receives Boeing Supplier Distinction

In its most recent Supplier Performance Report, Boeing granted Spiroid a “Gold” Composite Rating. The “Gold” Composite Rating is Boeing’s highest distinction and can only be achieved by earning “Gold” status in both “Quality” and “Delivery” performance metrics. To earn this distinction, Spiroid performed at 100% quality and on-time delivery from April 1, 2010 thru April 1, 2011. Spiroid is a Business Unit of ITW Heartland that specializes in precision right angle and inline gearing for aerospace, robotics, defense and medical applications.

“We are extremely proud of this distinction,” says Brian Baustian, General Manager of ITW Heartland. “It is an honor and a testament to our people that a company like Boeing recognizes us in this way. We will continue to strive for this level of performance for Boeing, as well as our other partners.”

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Manufactured Products Earns Supplier Acheivement Award from Signode

For its outstanding achievements in quality and on-time delivery throughout the 2010 calendar year, Manufactured Products has been awarded the “Excellence in Quality” Achievement Award by Signode Service (Glenview, Illinois).

Every year, Signode Service reviews each vendor’s performance during the prior year and rates them for their ability to supply high quality parts and services in a timely fashion. Those with the highest ratings earn the “Excellence in Quality” award.

“We are thrilled to earn this award from Signode,” stated Jim Pospisil, Manufactured Products’ Business Unit Manager. “Signode Service is an important partnership for us. To meet and exceed their quality and delivery standards is a testament to the dedication of our production, quality, and customer service staff.”

Signode Service provides replacement parts, services, and repair for worldwide installations of Signode’s industrial packaging equipment.

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Spiroid Scores 100% on AS9100 Surveillance Audit

The Spiroid Business Unit of ITW Heartland just completed their semi-annual AS9100 surveillance audit on January 21, 2011. The audit assessment returned a score of 100%. The registration covers the Quality Management System for the Design and Manufacture of Aerospace Gears. The audit was conducted by SAI Global.

The ITW Spiroid Business unit was also recertified to ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100 on September 14, 2010. The original certification date was September 20, 2007.

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Successful Environmental Surveillance Audit Completed for ISO:14001

ITW Heartland, a certified leader in precision engineered machines and gears, is pleased to announce the successful completion of an annual ISO:14001 environmental surveillance audit. ISO:14001 is the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems. ITW Heartland was originally registered as being compliant to ISO:14001 in May 2006 and successfully completed a re-registration audit in May 2009.

The annual surveillance audits are intended to quantify environmental performance and environmental position to ensure that suppliers maintain a documented and effective environmental management system, in conformance with the Environmental Management Systems’ requirements. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) establishes specifications intended to protect the environment, prevent pollution, and improve their environmental performance.

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

ITW Heartland Helps Celebrate the Contributions of a Gear Industry Icon

Spiroid gears: “A family of gears in which the tooth design is in an intermediate zone between bevel-, worm-, and face-gear design. The Spiroid design is patented by the Spiroid Division of Illinios Tool Works (ITW), Chicago, Illinios.” -Darle W. Dudley’s “Handbook of Practical Gear Design”

To those in search of a concise, technical definition of Spiroid gearing, the one above might suffice. However, to Rob and Heidi Leeson and their extended families, such definitions are inadequate. To them, Spiroid gearing is more than a unique and useful family of gears – it is the brain-child of Heidi’s bright, multifaceted father, Oliver Saari. On December 17th, 2010, Heidi and her family visited ITW Heartland to experience first-hand the decades-long product of her father’s labor and intelligence.

Oliver_Saari_Family

While visiting ITW Heartland, the Leeson and extended Saari clan were treated to a tour of the Spiroid facilities, a presentation on the history and application-related achievements of Spiroid gearing, and an introduction to many of the ITW employees currently charged with furthering Spiroid’s success. Also, in honor of Oliver’s contribution to ITW and the gear industry, family members were presented with a Spiroid gear and pinion replica, each engraved with Oliver’s name and a special inscription.

Oliver Saari was born in Helsinki, Finland on March 22, 1918. In 1927, his family emigrated to the United States where, over a period of 8 years, they moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Rochester, Minnesota, and finally to Minneapolis. Between graduating from high school in 1936 and entering ITW’s workforce in 1945, Oliver Saari served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), wrote and published several science fiction novels, learned tool and die making, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, and served as a valued employee at both Honeywell and General Motors, where he developed a keen interest in gears.i

In 1945 Oliver joined ITW and by the early 1950’s, Oliver and ITW were well on their way to synergizing his interests in gears with ITW’s inventive culture, deep resources, and rich manufacturing history. In 1954-55, the Spiroid family of gears were born – and initial patents granted.

Today, Oliver’s Spiroid family of gears are engineered and manufactured within the Spiroid Division at ITW Heartland. Spiroid gears and right angle actuators can currently be found in applications around the world ranging from naval weapons handling systems to nuclear power plants to commercial jet wing flap actuators to missile guidance systems to medical devices to commercial and military Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) and beyond. Furthermore, with the help of the ITW Technology Center, ITW’s proprietary Spiroid products have recently experienced yet another influx of innovation, patents, and IP that will continue to make these gears relevant and advantageous to engineers for years to come.

Although Oliver passed away in 2000, this gathering of his children, family and ITW employees makes clear that his presence is still very much alive. At the very least, it can be said that more than a few of his labors of love were united under a single roof this past December.

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i Litvin, Faydor L., Development of Gear Technology and Theory of Gearing. (Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997) 93.

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

ITW Heartland Announces Canadian Contract

ITW Heartland was recently awarded a retooling contract for the General Motors plant in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. With the long-standing alliance with General Motors in the gear inspection and burnishing industry, ITW Heartland will provide service, set up and final installation in the Canadian plant.

The scope of the project includes retooling and refurbishing four existing production lines, each consisting of a burnisher, automatic checker and other auxiliary equipment. ITW Heartland ensures all components meet General Motor’s strict specifications in the areas of UL, safety and component selection. In addition, Heartland’s machine builders and engineers conduct machine functionality, including machine dry cycling and gauge R&R testing, to ensure factory and customer acceptance.

Final installation and operator training will conclude the project in early 2011.

General Motors plant

General Motors plant

About ITW Heartland

ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

ITW Heartland Donates Space

ITW Heartland donated space to the area Boy Scouts during their annual popcorn fundraiser, making it easier for scouts to drop off and pick up their orders.

Thirty-two pallets of popcorn were delivered to ITW Heartland for distribution to the Alexandria and Willmar areas.

Drew Langager (ITW Heartland) and Jim Stratton (Boy Scout District Manager)

Pictured are Drew Langager (ITW Heartland) and Jim Stratton (Boy Scout District Manager)

About ITW Heartland

ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Loca ted in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

It’s In The Numbers

1095 – or three years (!!) without a lost-time injury at ITW Heartland’s Strategic Assembly Solutions Division, plus 720 consecutive days without a reportable injury

979 – Days without a lost-time injury at ITW Heartland Manufactured Products Division

588 – Days with no reportable injuries at ITW Heartland’s Spiroid Division

“We work hard to keep safety top-of-mind with all employees,” said Brian Baustian, ITW Heartland General Manager. “Our training programs are designed to address employees who work in potentially hazardous environments, as well as those who work in an office setting.”

Congratulations to ITW Heartland for their commitment to safety!

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Successful Surveillance Audit Completed For ISO:9001

ITW Heartland announced today the successful completion of a six-month surveillance audit for ISO:9001. ITW Heartland was originally registered as being compliant to ISO:9001 in April 2006 and successfully completed a re-registration audit in April 2009.

These six-month surveillance audits ensure that suppliers maintain a documented and effective quality system, in conformance with the quality system requirements. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) establishes specifications intended to ensure materials, procedures, processes, and services meet customer needs.

About ITW Heartland

ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.

Kindness Spontaneously Changes Us

ITW Heartland is a company with a sense of purpose and mission. That mission is constantly in action, whether during the workday, or in faraway places. ITW Heartland Senior Machine Builder Tony Bredy set out with a team from the Alexandria area earlier this summer for a one-week mission trip. They traveled to Morelos, Mexico – about 1½ hrs from Mexico City – to reach out and serve the local people.

Organized by Merge Ministries, the schedule included VBS, healthy lifestyle training, prayer for needs, and medical services. Bredy and the rest of the team spent their nights in local resident homes, allowing them to experience the culture and hospitality firsthand. Many of the team members were saddened by the poverty but were humbled by the people’s contentment and willingness to share.

The lives of those they served were impacted in many ways, but the individual team members’ lives and worldviews were changed forever.

“Ironically, the ones who are the most transformed through acts of generosity are those who are the conduits of kindness,” noted Bredy. “As we made ourselves available through love and serving, we were deeply affected with a new understanding of God’s compassion for all people.”

About ITW Heartland
ITW Heartland is a certified leader in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products. Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, ITW Heartland has four distinct divisions: Spiroid Gearing (design and manufacturing of custom right angle drives, gear boxes and loose gearing); Manufactured Products (low to mid quantity precision machining with a specific expertise in horizontal CNC technology); Strategic Assembly Solutions (complete machine design and assembly services); and ITW Gear Machines (designer and manufacturer of full line of high speed gear inspection and gear burnishing die equipment). As an Illinios Tool Works Company, ITW Heartland operates from a position of financial stability, engineering excellence, and refined manufacturing process.

For more information, visit www.itwheartland.com.