Jim Craig has been in manufacturing for almost 25 years. Begining in North Carolina, he worked with a few manufacturing companies in the Carolinas, eventually moved to Tennessee for two years, spent some time in China and Germany, and then came to Houston, TX in 2006 to work with Mitsubishi Catapillar Forklifts. With worldwide manufacturing experience, Jim is now the Plant Manager at Electro-Mechanical Industries (EMI), where they make skids and oil field equipment, and mounting plates and face plates for railroad industry platforms. They also make component parts for cable management systems in the oil and gas industries.
As EMI has grown over the years, their production requirements have increased greatly, and they’ve expanded their operations in several areas. They experienced some growing pains as their needs outgrew their vendors, and the parts they needed would get hung up at other facilities, causing delays. Last year, Jim went with the owner of EMI to Fabtech in search of a better solution.
“We ran across Ajan at Fabtech and were impressed with what we saw. Back home we got the machine started up, and it’s been cutting every day since. We’ve had a couple wrinkles with processes here and there, but Oscar from Ajan came over to do some onsite training at our facility, and since then we’ve had great success. We also hired an experienced operator who knew the plasma cutting technology, and ever since he came on board we’ve been able to run up to 1.5″ parts, or even 2″ parts burned with a torch, and there is next to no cleanup needed. We can cut a whole 16×16′ sheet with holes of all sizes, and it’s been pretty much non-stop running. We’re very happy with our Ajan plasma cutter.”
EMI has been able to increase production and now has much greater control over their parts quality and delivery time.
One thing that really intrigued us about Ajan was that most competitors machines are made from components that come from several different vendors. So we would contact a manufacturer from support, and they’d say ‘Oh that part of the machine is made by another company; you’ll have to call them.’ With Ajan we don’t have to talk with 3 different vendors just to work through an issue, we can go right to one company and know who we’re talking with. They have great support.—Jim Craig
EMI is known for designing and fabricating cable management systems for customer-specific applications. Their design team provides new solutions to the challenges facing a dynamic industry, and their stainless steel drag chains are the best and most reliable in the industry. Contact Electro-Mechanical Industries for all your engineering needs in the oil, gas and telecommunications industries today.
11230 Neeshaw Dr.
Houston, TX 77065 USA
For ten years, Ecosphere Technologies has provided industrial water management solutions to the world’s gas and oil industries. They manufacture technology that manages wastewater and helps protect the environment.
Ted Thomas came on board three years ago as machine shop supervisor.
“The majority of the products we were producing were made from stainless steel, and we were outsourcing just about all of the parts. We had most of it cut across the street from a guy who had a laser cutter, but it was expensive. It was a really big part of our business, and we just didn’t have the level of control over quality and delivery that we needed to have.”
Looking to increase production quality and speed, and lower outside costs, Ecosphere decided to bring production in-house, but a laser cutter seemed pretty expensive. The best solution for their situation was to get an Ajan 10×20’ Plasma Cutter, and Ted’s been very happy with that purchase.
I always tell everybody: I can’t find a thing wrong with it. It has performed flawlessly for a year, and we’ve had zero trouble with the Ajan plasma cutter. We use it every day, and it works perfectly, to tell you the truth. About a month after we got it, we did have one issue, but we called up the Ajan rep and they gave us a great training session. After that we’ve had no trouble operating it ourselves.—Ted Thomas
Most of Ecosphere’s products are now made from aluminum, and they cut everything on the plasma cutter including all the sheets that cover the boxes, and aluminum and steel piping.
Recently Ecosphere has put out two new products. One is the Ecos PowerCube, which is a solar energy generating station in a portable container with solar panels that automatically deploy, and the other is the Ecos GrowCube—a container-sized piece that grows plants in a strict, controlled environment, like a mobile greenhouse.
Contact Ecosphere Technologies today to learn how you can increase production and reduce costs, while protecting the environment.
Ecosphere Technologies Inc.
3515 S.E. Lionel Terrace
Stuart, FL 34997
Valco Precision Works went to Fabtech three years ago, and it was there at the trade show that I came across the AJAN booth, along with one of my engineers, Sergio. We were both convinced that buying a Plasmasonic machine was the right decision, and to this day we still love it. I feel fortunate to have found such a great machine at such a great price, but the true blessing is in the people that make up Ajan! —Leo Valerio from Valco Precision Works
Leo‘s father bought what is now Valco Precision Works in 1984, and had worked there since 1959. The family business began as a planing shop, with planing and shaping machines, and over time Leo has continually expanded his father’s vision. He has brought the company into many new industries by continuing to work with new technologies and machine types.
This determination to innovate new solutions led Leo to consider building a plasma cutting machine for Valco. When he discovered Ajan’s 8’ x 20’ CNC plasma cutting machine at Fabtech, it was an obvious solution, cutting down on costs and saving the time that would have been spent constructing one from scratch.
At that time Valco was ordering much of their material pre-cut from outside vendors, which would often take several extra days to be ready, and it was a lot more expensive. With this new plasma cutter they could now do all cutting in-house to save time and costs, and it opened up several new business opportunities as well.
“We are now able to cut tubes, which we couldn’t do before, and Sergio was able to come up with a program for cutting interpolated shapes. We can cut all shapes and sizes, square and round, and we’ve been able to take on many new jobs that previously we would have had to turn down.”
Leo’s initial concern with Ajan was geographical location. Being the second US customer to buy an Ajan machine, he wasn’t sure what to expect, but now seeing Ajan’s presence grow in the States, he’s seeing many other companies discover the same benefits and success that he has experienced in the last three years.
“You can buy a machine from any company, and it might be the best product, but if the people are jerks, you never want to buy from them again. The machine is great, don’t get me wrong, but the people at Ajan have continually gone above and beyond. I would recommend Ajan to anyone. Any time they’re in the area to service another company’s machine or do a training, they actually stop by and ask how I’m doing, and if there’s any way they can help me with my machine. I’ve even received extra service parts in the mail, which I thought at first were sent to the wrong company—it was a preventative measure for a possible heat issue that we hadn’t even encountered. We’re not even located in a hot state, but these kinds of proactive measures have been appreciated very much. Ajan truly cares about its customers.”
Valco is a family owned business dedicated to serving its clients with a team of honest and trustworthy individuals. Valco has 55 years of industry experience – quality is their top priority and customer satisfaction is an essential key to their success. Their capabilities range from prototyping and “difficult part” development, to production and concurrent engineering. Their expert staff is able to contribute ideas for improvement in manufacturing design, a key to generating superior results. Call Valco today – they’re your one stop shop for machining, fabrication and finishing.
Alliance Iron Works purchased its first AJAN machine in February 2012. We love our AJAN machine. It runs all day everyday like a champ. It has incredible precision and can hold tight tolerances. Since purchasing the machine in 2012, Alliance purchased another AJAN machine in May 2013. Ajan has a great product and great IT support to back it up. —Mike Madden from Alliance Iron Works
Mike Madden has been selling welding supplies for 35 years. He got his start early on when larger corporations started buying and selling welding supplies, putting the smaller mom and pop type of companies out of business. As the industry became more and more competitive, welding salaries started going down, and it didn’t look good for the smaller suppliers.
This was where Mike saw real opportunity, and he went for it. Starting with only a couple machines, he built Alliance Iron Works with the aim of always producing quality parts that would stand out from the rest, and that has remained a consistent goal all these years later.
It was Mike’s persistence in providing the best parts with accurate, tight tolerances that brought him to purchase an Ajan 8×20 CNC Plasma Cutter. Two years later, he bought a second one. “When I was making parts for utility pole companies using other machines, we had issues with tolerances. The machines would be a pain to clean up, and some of them had major issues,” Mike said. “With my Ajan machines, the quality is perfect. I don’t have any issues with the quality of the parts, the cleanup is little to none, and the reliability of the equipment is great. I’ve been running these machines for 3 years with no major problems.”
Mike said this really surprised him: “With the other guys [machines], you have problems all the time. Before we bought the second Ajan plasma cutter, we would run the first one for 20 hours a day for 2 years straight with no issues. That really convinced me to buy the second one.”
Alliance Iron Works provides some of the highest quality metal fabrication in the industry. They provide their services on time, on budget, and with service standards second to none. They’re located in Burlseton, TX. Give them a call today for all of your parts needs.
We recently got 1864 pierces through 5/16 mild steel plate @ 80 amps, without changing any consumables. Even then, it wasn’t really necessary to change them. 32 years in business and this is the most satisfied I have ever been with the purchase of a new machine.
I always tell everybody: I can’t find a thing wrong with it. It has performed flawlessly for a year, and we’ve had zero trouble with the Ajan plasma cutter. We use it every day, and it works perfectly.
Machine Shop Supervisor
Ecosphere Technologies Inc.
3515 S.E. Lionel Terrace
Stuart, FL 34997
One thing that really intrigued us about Ajan was that most competitors machines are made from components that come from several different vendors. So we would contact a manufacturer from support, and they’d say ‘Oh that part of the machine is made by another company; you’ll have to call them.’ With Ajan we don’t have to talk with 3 different vendors just to work through an issue, we can go right to one company and know who we’re talking with. They have great support.
11230 Neeshaw Dr.
Houston, TX 77065
(281) 894-1600 ext. 209
For the last 4 years of owning our AJAN plasma CNC machine, the technical support and machine reliability has been outstanding. We absolutely could have not made a better choice.
Valco Precision Works
6131 Maywood Avenue
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Alliance Iron Works purchased its first AJAN machine in February 2012. We love our AJAN machine. It runs all day everyday like a champ. It has incredible precision and can hold tight tolerances. Since purchasing the machine in 2012, Alliance purchased another AJAN machine in May 2013. Ajan has a great product and great IT support to back it up.
Alliance Iron Works
837 Mockingbird Lane
Burleson, TX 76028
After having machine over a year we are very pleased. AJAN is always very responsive to emails and phone calls. GOOD JOB AJAN.
River Parish Contractors, Inc.
242 Power Blvd.
Reserve, LA 70084
I bought a 5×10 Ajan plasma table a little over a year and a half ago. This machine has been extremely reliable, and customer support is excellent. One of the best purchases I have ever made.
Billy Reece & Sons
11510 Summit Point Court
Bakersfield, CA 93312
I really only have good things to say about Ajan. In 2011, after an exhaustive 12 month search, we purchased an AJAN plasma table from your company. The unit has operated flawlessly to date and what little service has been required has been better than we could have received from [the] locally based competition. We would recommend [this] company and the AJAN brand to anyone/everyone looking for similar equipment.
Reaction Distributing Inc.
44 Spiers Cr
Ajax, ON L1S 6Y7
We at Sandrin Services Inc purchased an Ajan plasma/oxyfuel system about a year and a half ago. The cutting table itself works excellent but the pipe cutting attachment is unbelievable. We were laying out large pipe fittings by hand. This was very time consuming not only the layouts but the calculations as well. Our pipe attachment will cut just about any configuration without timely layouts etc… and set-up is easy.
Sandrin Services Inc.
150 Exmouth St
Sarnia, ON N7T5M3
Efficiency is keyword for success. Since we got our first Ajan Plasma machine, our efficiency increased notoriously. I can’t wait to get the new one.
Jorge López Franco, CEO
Centro De Sa De Cv
Lomas De San Miguel
PH: 55 39981240