Ken Ripich, Executive Vice President of AT&F, recently coordinated a donation to Prayers From Maria – a foundation dedicated to providing childhood cancer patients with the support they desperately need, by reversing the tragic lack of funding and fueling the most meaningful brain cancer research for kids. The rate of curable childhood brain tumors is much lower than that for many other types of cancer. The general public is largely unaware of the magnitude of this disease.
AT&F is big in the railcar industry. For train cars to maximize the load size, cars will be fitted with s-shaped plates that drop the load between the wheels. The depressed railcar transition pieces are made from 2 ½ inch A514 steel, a very strong grade of steel that is difficult to form. AT&F proved its ability to form the heavy pieces to tight tolerances and added value in keeping the job domestic. The strength of the part is maximized due to the properties of arches, which lends itself to bigger loads. These larger loads benefit from the depressed seating in that height is shaved off the load, allowing for heavy loaded trains to easily pass through tunnels. AT&F takes pride in pushing the limits of size and scale and delivering quality parts where other fabricators fall short.
AT&F manufactures for some of the most physically demanding markets. Inside a gas turbine engine, pressure and heat are built in a compressor to achieve maximum efficiency. The efficiency of the engine relies on the quality of the compressor; the more heat and pressure the compressor can handle, the more efficient the engine will be. AT&F has taken on the manufacture of segments of these compressors. Crimped, rolled, and burned from one piece of A36 carbon steel, the six-inch cylinder was then cut in half and blasted in our blasting room.
AT&F is big in the maritime industry. Shipbuilding is a process marked by compliance to established standards. So when AT&F was approached to form hawse pipes for the anchor system on heavy tanker ships, we put our expertise to work. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standardizes the engineering of various grades of steel for shipbuilding, and the hawse pipes are no exception. The ABS-A carbon steel was cut, rolled, and tested to the specifications of the customer, but before shipping the parts out, an inspector from ABS visited our facility and spent two days verifying that every job had been done in accordance with ABS standards. After careful inspection the pieces were stamped, approved and sent off to the customer.
AT&F is pleased to announce the addition of our new 5-axis water jet cutting system with one of the largest processing envelopes available today. This machine will give our customers the ability to process carbon, exotic alloy, and composite materials while providing tight tolerance accuracy comparable to that of a machined finish. The 5-axis head is ideal for compound beveling and weld landings. This highly desirable cutting technology investment is properly aligned with our on-going strategy: “We Invest in Customer Success."
CLEVELAND, Ohio – November 12, 2012 – AT&F, a custom
steel fabricator in Cleveland, Ohio announces equipment upgrades to one of its large rolling systems. Originally installed in 1977, the company has fabricated thousands of cylinders for AT&F customers. After 35 years of service, the large heavy plate rolling machine has undergone a major upgrade.
New blasting machine enables AT&F to blast steel plate up to 12’ wide and 7” thick. Boasting state-of-the-art speeds to remove surface contamination, scale and other impurities from the surface, the new equipment is one of a series of recent investments.
AT&F, a custom steel fabricator in Cleveland, Ohio, has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. AT&F received its certificate from Smithers Quality Assessments. This certification demonstrates AT&F’s commitment to customer-focused processes that help produce quality parts, providing on-time delivery and meeting customer expectations. “ISO 9001:2008 standard is implemented by more than one million ISO certified companies, and AT&F is proud to be one of them. The new certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to a strong customer focus and continual improvement to our methods to produce a good quality product for our customers. Our certification is a significant achievement for the company,” states Ken Ripich, Executive Vice President.