Located in Tulsa, OK
The primary responsibility of the beveling department is the end preparation of all fittings in accordance with industry standards or customer requirements. Employee duties require basic skills in shop and safety procedures, mathematics, tooling, and a desire to produce a quality product.
The machining cycle includes the setup of the bevel machine beginning with the bolting of the fixture onto the machine table and then setting the bevel tool, land tool, and taper-bore tool in position to produce the required bevel dimensions. Visual cues with careful trial adjustments of the tooling cutters, machining depth and end-to-end distance, result in the initial setup for machining the bevel. After the trial setup, the resulting end preparation is measured to ensure compliance with the specification. Measurements include the fitting inside diameter, land width, center-to-center distance, and fitting height. After any additional required adjustments are made, the production run is ready.
The production run starts with the raw fitting being taken from the stock basket and being placed into the machine fixture, where it is visually centered. After the start cycle switch is pressed, the machine advances the fitting into the rotating tools to a preset depth, then returns to the start position. The operator advances the side shift lever and the fitting moves to the set position for machining of the second side of the fitting. Again the start cycle switch is activated to advance the fitting into the machining cycle and returns to the start cycle position. The fitting is removed and visually examined for bevel quality, then placed on a finished pallet at the end of the bevel station. This process is repeated numerous times with visual and measurement checks as needed to ensure all the fittings in the lot meet the intended dimensional standard.
Requirements of personnel in this department include the physical ability to repetitively lift and position the fittings into and out of the machine. Weight of the production fittings vary from a few ounces to 100 pounds. In general, however, 85 - 90% of the production fittings weigh between 2 and 40 pounds. This process does require continual standing, bending over, and lifting. A constant alertness and focus on the machining process is necessary, in the rare event that the cycle would need immediate reversal or stopping, in order to prevent equipment or product damage. Once the finished fitting is removed from its holding fixture, it is visually inspected and placed on the finished pallet.
Other duties require the ability to operate a fork lift and to provide basic cleanup of the turnings produced during the beveling process. This clean up consists of sweeping or collecting the turnings and shoveling them into dump bins.
Express Office: Sand Springs
30 East 2nd Street
Sand Springs, OK 74063