Springfield, OH – Three weeks ago McGregor Metalworking was contacted by a current customer with a challenge – 6,000 v-groove pulleys within a week. Their existing vendor for the pulley had closed its doors unexpectedly and this international manufacturer of Agriculture, Lawn and Garden equipment turned to McGregor to explore the options.
McGregor Metalworking’s sales team gathered with the operations group to put a plan in place to help the customer. “Our internal combination of machining, pulley splitting and welding gives us significant flexibility to solve these supply chain interruptions for our customers” said Jamie McGregor, Sales Account Manager for McGregor Metalworking. “Few pulley suppliers can offer this value-proposition to the market – and it’s not just speed, but our quality is unmatched,” Mr. McGregor explains.
Split metal pulleys are known for their strength and economics as compared to either the cast/machined or stamped/riveted counterparts. “We begin with a coil and run it through a specialized leveling process before blanking circular discs. Having very flat blanks is critical to throughput, wobble and concentricity” said Mitch Leis, pulley Engineering Manufacturing Manager at McGregor. “Once the blank is stamped we split the part on our high-speed spinning equipment. Then, depending on the design, we robotically weld a hub to the pulley that we’ve produced from our machining equipment. After running finished pulleys through our quality system, working with our supply chain, we can provide a variety of painting or plating options to the customer’s specification.”
McGregor Metalworking supplies custom-designed and manufactured pulleys to a variety of industries. As explained by Jamie McGregor “While there are a number of standard designed pulleys available, we have the flexibility to custom-tailor a pulley specifically for a customer’s need thus providing the most cost-effective solution. Our customers know to call McGregor with what may seem like an impossible request given the standard lead time for a highly customized product such as a split steel pulley assembly. “
The depth of McGregor Metalworking’s resources allows for quick response when necessary. In this case, McGregor provided 6,000 custom pulleys within 14 days from the verbal purchase order from the customer. From blanking and spinning tools to production process maturation, it’s all controlled in-house so that McGregor split steel pulleys are the highest quality in the industry.