Anilam controllers played an important role in Engineering Tooling Division's growth from a two-employee shop housed in a small barn to a 46-employee company with a 30,000-ft. facility.
Jerry Busche and his business partner, Tracy Grimm, founded the Indiana-based Engineered Tooling Inc. (ETI). Originally housed in a barn, the company, with a saw and one mill equipped with an Anilam 1100 CNC, made a name for itself doing quick-turnaround jobs such as prototype parts, dies, molds, fixtures, and gages.
As the company grew, it added more machines. With increased business and greater challenges in mind, Busche weighed the options when it came to controls for these machines, seeing which met the shop's quality challenges. "We looked at several brands of CNCs, and none compared to Anilam's ease of use and its CAD station," says Busche.
"The CAD station is a huge advantage on the floor because it doesn't take an engineering staff to draw out prints with tangent points. None of the competitors' controls were as advanced as Anilam's. It's worth its weight in gold to draw up the part right there on the machine in minutes," he adds.
In 1999, ETI merged with Busche Enterprise, a full CNC-production facility, and changed its name to Engineering Tooling Division. In 2000, the company moved to its present 30,000-ft 2 Albion, Ind., facility and has become a multimillion-dollar tooling facility with 46 employees.