An example of the internally threaded fasteners that MacLean-Fogg produces at Mundelein, Ill.

MacLean-Fogg to Expand Machining

Nov. 30, 2013
Illinois plant produces +600 million pieces/year Automotive, other transport and equipment applications

MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions, a manufacturer of supplier of fasteners, engineered components, and linkage and suspension products, plans to add new machining capacity at its Fastener Components division in Mundelein, Ill. According to Duncan MacLean, the company’s president, "Our commitment to providing value-added, engineered, customer-focused solutions that leverage our material forming expertise and operational excellence is further demonstrated by our recent investments in state-of-the-art CNC and multi-spindle screw machines.”

The cost and schedule for the plant expansion were not announced.

MacLean-Fogg has 31 manufacturing sites worldwide, including the Metform hot-forming operation in Savanna, IL, and Presswerke Krefeld, a forging operation in Germany.

The Mundelein location is a TS16949- and ISO14001-certified, cold-forming and cold-heading operation. The plant produces over 600 million internally threaded fasteners per year, for automakers and other manufacturers. Fastener materials include low- and medium-carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, and copper alloys.

MFCS will be installing machines to process materials with body diameters of 1.750 in. (44.45 mm), and lengths of 14 in. (355.60 mm), to produce machined parts with body diameters of 0.250-1.500 in. (6.35-38 mm), body height of 0.200-1.750 in. (5-44 mm), and lengths up to 3.00 in. (76.2 mm).

Also, new external threading capabilities allow for threading pieces with body diameters of 0.250-2.625 in. (6.35-66.675 mm), body heights of 0.200-1.750 in., and lengths of 2.375 in. (60 mm.)

“These investments expand MFCS's ability to provide technologically advanced fasteners and engineered component solutions to our customers,” MacLean continued, listing automotive, heavy-duty truck and trailer, industrial engine, off highway, recreational vehicle, military, defense and general industry markets.

MacLean said the new capacity would help MFCS expand its product lines for valves, sleeves, fittings, pintles, shafts, small gears, and fasteners. Some of the products manufactured include plugs, valves, and dampers for automotive and heavy truck transmission; automotive safety components (e.g., braking, seat belts and air bag systems); sensor components (housings, bodies); and parts for automotive air and fuel systems.

Christopher Martens, general manager of the Fastener Components division, said the expansion would improve the organization’s ability to supply a range of net-shape and near-net-shape products. “Initial customer response has exceeded expectations," Martens said.

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