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Customer Story_HEC Precision
The Best Choice for Reducing Time and Recovering Profits Wasted on Outsourcing!
Great business ideas sometimes come from the most surprising places. When Chuck Frederick, who lives in Orange County, CA, bought a Harley Davidson Fatboy back in 2003, he designed a pair of custom wheels for his new ride and had them manufactured at a friend’s shop.
The ‘new’ wheels were so cool that people began stopping him in the street to ask him where they came from. Chuck soon got the hint. Before long, Renegade Wheels was up and running, and began to manufacture custom-made wheels.
At first, all of the fledgling company’s machining operations were outsourced to local job shops since all Chuck had back then was design ability. He recollects, “For the first nine years we were turning out products in an assembly plant, and we saw our outsourced machine shops growing and buying equipment while we were faced with even greater problems due to increasing quantities and quality inconsistency." Chuck realized something had to change.
After careful consideration, Renegade Wheels decided to purchase its own machining equipment and quickly learned how to make hub and brake rotors with a small grinder. Then, in 2016, the company installed the DMN 750 II , a vertical machining center of Doosan Machine Tools, in its workshop. “I looked at many other machining centers,” Chuck said, “but none of them could match the reliability, performance, and service quality of Doosan Machine Tools.”
Production Revs Up with Doosan Machine Tools
The DMN 750 II purchased by Renegade Wheels is a high-productivity, mid-to-large-scale vertical machining center featuring a 30” x 64” table, which is sufficiently large to accommodate wheel forgings up to 30” in diameter. The model is equipped with a 50-taper high-rigidity high-output spindle that ensures powerful cutting performance and outstanding precision, and features a vastly improved surface finish.
“Job shops used to charge me higher rates for better surface finishes,” said Chuck. “But now I can set up the DMN 750 II to machine an incredibly smooth surface, which reduces the time and cost spent on polishing each wheel.”
Chuck says that he is extremely satisfied with the DNM 750, particularly because he can shorten the polishing process through the simple set-up of the machine tool to obtain the smoothest surface. “Today, we have control of the entire process, and that speeds up the delivery time, so I don’t have blanks waiting ten days to be machined. If I get a hot order, I can slot it in to run tonight,” said Chuck. “The whole experience has led me to recognize how important it is to choose the right machine tools supplier.”
Chuck refers to his custom-made wheels as “jewelry for men.” Wheels not only reflect a rider’s character but also affect performance. And, as they are closely related to safety, all wheel machining operations require a very high level of technological competence and quality assurance. He also knows that presentation has just as much of an impact on the client as the product itself. That’s why Renegade adds that extra touch of care to shipping and packaging to make sure the customer procures a Christmas-like joy out of opening the box. Renegade Wheels aims to present each of its products as if it were 'a Christmas gift' for the customer because it is so confident about the quality and performance of its products.
According to Chuck, “Doosan has made a complete and massive difference to our company. We’re turning out higher- quality products faster and spending less money on each piece.” In fact, he has already made plans to diversify his custom wheel production by purchasing another Doosan VMC so that smaller wheels don’t have to wait to be run on the big machine.