ITW Heartland Receives 100% Score on Audit

ITW Heartland, a certified leader in precision engineered machines and gears, announced today the completion and perfect scoring on its ISO:9001/AS9100 surveillance audit for its Spiroid® division.

These six-month surveillance audits are conducted in order for suppliers to demonstrate their process control capabilities to external parties, which ultimately determines the acceptability of the products or services being supplied. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) establishes specifications intended to ensure materials, procedures, processes, and services meet customer needs. The AS9100 designation adds explicit requirements specific to the aerospace market. Eligible companies, like ITW Heartland, build aircraft, spacecraft or related parts and assemblies.

Since their first audit in May 2007, ITW Heartland’s Spiroid division has continually progressed with assessment scores of 83.5% (May 2007); 92% (March 2008); 98.6% (October 2008); and 100% (April 2009).

“Our progress on our assessment scores is quite impressive,” said ITW Heartland General Manager Brian Baustian. “This recent flawless score demonstrates our commitment to quality and on-time delivery, and solidifies our place as a leading manufacturer for the Aerospace and Defense industries.”

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.

Aerospace Quality Certification Process Launched at ITW Heartland

The Manufactured Products division of ITW Heartland has launched a six-month training and quality transformation initiative to become AS9100 certified. AS9100 is an international aerospace standard to attain quality assurance in design, development, production, installation, and servicing for stringent aerospace applications. ITW Heartland already serves several major aerospace clients from its Spiroid division. Achieving AS9100 certification in the Manufactured Products division will extend ITW Heartland’s array of capabilities and products to these notable clients in the future.

“We see this certification process as a very important step for ITW Heartland. Our customers will have the assurance they have partnered with a company who is committed to excellence, quality, reliability, and the highest standards in the industry,” said Brian Baustian, ITW Heartland General Manager.

The certification process is expected to be completed by July 1, 2009.

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.

The 5S Program Comes To Strategic Assembly

ITW Heartland continues the organizational roll-out of the 5S program as the initiative was recently launched in the Strategic Assembly Solutions division to improve workplace organization, flow, and efficiencies while eliminating waste and improving work flow.

“We are able to utilize our internal trainers who had successfully launched the program in the Manufactured Products division,” said Sheri Anderson, Strategic Assembly Solutions Business Unit Manager. “A core team was assigned to develop a plan to sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain our shop to not only display organization but to gain efficiencies in the manufacturing process.”

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 Adds Key Equipment to Spiroid Division

ITW Heartland announced the purchase of a Klingelnberg Model P26 Gear Measuring Center and a Koepfer Model 200 CNC hobber. According to General Manager Brian Baustian, this investment was made primarily to expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities and to strengthen ITW Heartland’s long-standing reputation as a leader with precision manufacturing technology.

The Klingelnberg P26 is a state-of-the-art, four axes, CNC gear measuring machine that will significantly improve the quality verification of the Spiroid®, Helicon® and Concurve® gears that ITW Heartland manufactures. The certainty of quality is driven to a much higher level with the P26 as it delivers increased accuracy, reduced inspection times, checks on a broader range of parts, and verification of adjacent part attributes such as length and diameter in the same set-up that is used to check the gear and pinion thread form. An additional benefit is an enhanced capability to analyze design and production issues.

“The P26 is the type of inspection equipment necessary to achieve and guarantee the levels of quality our customers expect,” said Jim Pospisil, Business Unit Manager for ITW’s Spiroid division. “We understand the need for better methods of inspecting and verifying precision tolerances, and we are thrilled to add the Klingenberg P26 to serve our customers in this way.”

The Koepfer Model 200 CNC hobber revolutionized the gear hobbing processes by combining current technology with maximum versatility and flexibility. The machine cuts very close tolerance specialized gear designs which is essential to ITW Heartland’s Spiroid®, Helicon® and Concurve® gear manufacturing process. The Model 200 offers the flexibility to make changeovers in minutes instead of hours. Such efficiency enables ITW Heartland to serve customers with faster turnaround, shorter lead times, and lower costs. The machine is also equipped with automatic loading and unloading system, allowing for greater efficiencies.

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 Launches 5S Program

December 2008 – The Manufactured Products division of ITW Heartland launched a revitalization of its 5S initiative, a building block for world-class manufacturing. 5S is a method used in lean manufacturing to improve workplace organization and standardization by keeping work areas organized, free of clutter, efficient, and safe, while eliminating waste and improving flow.

5S is a reference to five Japanese words which translate to the English words “sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain”. Once fully implemented, the 5S process can increase morale, create positive impressions on customers, and increase efficiency and organization.
“Our teams have launched the program with excitement and success,” said Glenn Downing, Manufactured Products Business Unit Manager. “Our plan is to roll-out 5S across ITW Heartland operations. Such an endeavor draws upon the strength of our production staff, involvement from the management team, and employee enthusiasm to transfer the systems to their work areas.”

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 Implementing Green IT with SAN

December 2008 – In accordance with ITW Heartland’s 14001 registration and corresponding Environmental Policy, ITW Heartland continues to implement new processes and technology to “reduce, reuse, recycle, and comply”. ITW Heartland recently purchased a SAN (storage area network) to replace a legacy server to save energy costs and minimize the physical hardware and the hazardous materials associated with that system. The decision will lead to lower hardware costs in the future and reduce time for server administration.
Modern information systems rely upon a complex mix of people, networks and hardware; as such, a green computing initiative involves using computer resources to address increasingly sophisticated problems, with a low impact approach. The goals are similar to green chemistry; reduce the use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product’s lifetime, and promote recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste.
In addition to “going green”, the change also meets the need outlined in ITW Heartland’s Disaster Recovery Plan, allowing for immediate failover of applications and files to provide uninterrupted service to ITW customers.

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 Implements Software Solutions To Gain Efficiencies

May 2008 – ITW Heartland announces the successful implementation of Infor’s Visual Enterprise and Visual Global Financials. The new system replaces multiple and disparate applications, therein reducing overhead costs while improving real-time data collection, information accuracy, quality, and order production.
“We can serve our customers more efficiently by having real-time data in a single system,” says Todd Wentworth, ITW Heartland Assistant Controller. “This is a complete and scalable ERP solution with additional modules that align with our IT expansion plans.”
The system is supported by Infor, one of the world’s largest business software companies. The Global Financial applications are built on a strong foundation of controls that meet the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and ISO standards, giving ITW customers great confidence in the data and systems that are used to serve them.

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 Operational Audit Results

December 2008 – ITW Heartland announced that it has received the highest possible rating on an operational audit conducted by Illinois Tool Works corporate auditors. In today’s unstable economy, full of stories of poor financial management and reporting, it is reassuring to know ITW Heartland has emerged from the rigors of an extensive audit with high marks.
Scoring well in the operational audit allows for stronger confidence from Illinois Tool Works, Inc. and provides ITW Heartland the continued support and financial strength of its parent company Illinois Tool Works to secure capital and make strategic investment decisions.

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.