Damon Cade Webb awarded 2015 Dylan Cade Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Southern Machine Works, Inc., a third generation precision machining and fabrication company specializing in CNC Milling, CNC Turning, Welding & Fabrication services for small to large quantity orders, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Dylan Cade Anderson Memorial Scholarship is Damon (Cade) Webb of Empire High School.

2015 Dylan Cade Anderson Memorial Scholarship Recipient Cade Webb

2015 Dylan Cade Anderson Memorial Scholarship Recipient Cade Webb

Mr. Frank Burch, Vice-President of Southern Machine Works, Inc., presented the $1,000 scholarship award at the Empire High School 2015 Awards Assembly on Monday, May 11, 2015.

While a student at Empire, Cade was active in FFA and received many honors and awards.

Everyone at Southern Machine wishes him the best on his future endeavors.

An endowed scholarship was established by Southern Machine Works, with Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, to honor the memory of our friend and former employee, the late Dylan Cade Anderson. Dylan spent his entire elementary and secondary education at Empire where he graduated in 2005.  As a student, Dylan was active in FFA, Football and Wrestling. He served as FFA President, was voted “Mr. EHS” and “Best Looking” by his class. After graduating from Empire, Dylan attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma as a full-time student while working full-time at Southern Machine. He is dearly missed by his friends and family at Southern Machine Works.

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Duncan Educators tour Southern Machine as part of Career Pathways Program

Don Beasley illustrating the proper use of an OD micrometer

Don Beasley illustrating the proper use of an OD micrometer

As part of the ongoing Career Pathways program, Southern Machine Works, Inc. (SMW) had the pleasure of hosting a group of educators from the Duncan Public School System on January 19, 2015.  The event, coordinated by the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF), strives to inform educators about the major industries in the community.

As part of the tour at SMW’s facility, Elementary Educators were exposed to the various steps required to create a part from concept/print to completion.  This included reviewing the part print, discussing the machining steps required, and inspecting the part on SMW’s state-of-the-art Zeiss Coordinate Measuring Machine.  The Educators also got to examine several of SMW’s Computer Numerically Controlled lathes and mills to better understand how the machines operate.

Frank discussing the steps required to manufacture a part

Frank discussing the steps required to manufacture a part

After the tours, a Question and Answer session was held at the Halliburton Manufacturing facility where the educators had an opportunity to discuss what they learned about manufacturing and ask additional questions of all of the manufacturing representatives.

We at SMW would like to thank all of the companies participating in the Career Pathways project.  Your commitment to the community and respective industry is greatly appreciated.  We would also like to thank the educators and administrators from the Duncan Public School System for participating in such a great event.

Finally, a special thanks goes out to everyone at the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation for coordinating the event and championing the Career Pathways program. Without their hard work an dedication, none of this would be possible.

For more information about DAEDF please visit http://www.ok-duncan.com.

For more information about Duncan Public Schools please visit http://www.duncanps.org

For more information about Career Pathways please visit http://pathways.okcareerplanner.com.

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SMW Employees Adopt Family for Christmas

Wanting to do something special this Christmas, Gaye Simmons contacted Womens Haven in Duncan for a family needing assistance. Womens Haven identified a working mother with two young sons that would be a great fit.

Gaye & Barbie with donated items

Gaye & Barbie with donated items

Everyone at Southern Machine really got into the spirit and contributed. Gaye and Barbie maximized everyone’s donations with some smart shopping at Wal-Mart.

On Thursday, December 18th Gaye presented all of the gifts to Womens Haven so that the adopted family would have the gifts in time for Christmas.

What a great group of employees we have at Southern Machine!  We look forward to making this an annual tradition.

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2014 Mazak VCU 500A-5X Delivered

VCU 500A-5X ready to be off loaded

VCU 500A-5X ready to be off loaded

In what has been a busy year of equipment purchases, Southern Machine took delivery of its (hopefully) last equipment purchase of 2014.  On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Belger Cartage Service, Inc. showed up shortly after 9:00 a.m. with our first 5-axis mill.

This brand new VCU 500A-5X Vertical Machining Center enhances our existing multi-axis machining capabilities by adding the ability to perform simultaneous 5-axis machining along with more traditional 3+2 machining currently performed by Southern Machine.

With approximately 20 inches of travel in the X, Y & Z Axes of travel, and 360 degrees of travel in the C Axis, the VCU allows Southern Machine to replace current machining methods being utilized with more efficient methods.

BIG-PLUS® Overview  & Application Examples

Click image for video of BIG-PLUS® Overview & Application Examples

In another first for Southern Machine, the VCU is equipped with the BIG-PLUS Spindle System developed by Big Kaiser, another first for us.  BIG-PLUS is a unique tool holding technology that increases surface contact with the tool holder, maximizing rigidity and clamping pressure, reducing run-out, increasing accuracy and improving tool life.

The VCU 500A-5X should be installed and in production by mid December 2014, and should provide Southern Machine many years of productive service.

VCU 500A-5X Specifications

VCU 500A-5X Specifications

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Southern Machine celebrates another year operating under ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100C

In November, Southern Machine successfully completed its Stage 2 audit of the Company’s Quality Management System (QMS) which continues to show that the company operates a QMS which complies with the current requirements of ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100C.  In addition, for the second year in a row, the audit was completed with zero findings.  When the updated certification reflecting the most recent results is available, it will be posted here.

We at Southern Machine believe that these results are a direct result of our genuine commitment to quality, safety reliability and service.

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