As many in the machining world know, doing precision work is an art as much as a science. For this, there is no substitution for experience and National Jet Company boasts a lot of experience.
This year marks some pretty big milestones in experience for a several of our workers.
Dale Ohler is the machine shop foreman; he has been here for 30 years. He does most of the programming in the machine shop; if you have ever received an e-mail from us about a dimension that might be off (or for spinnerette users, if the hole count or pattern on the drawing doesn’t match the description), it is likely because of a keen eye from Dale in reviewing or programming your part. He has overseen the addition of many new machines for us and oversees a top shelf group of people in the machine shop.
Ben Kennell has now been at National Jet Company for 40 years and is almost certainly the most experienced and best micro hole driller in the world. For those that have seen National Jet drill a hole in a hair, it is almost certainly Ben Kennell who has done the drilling. He heads the micro drilling department here and oversees every micro drilling job that we take on. He’s the go to guy here for “impossible” jobs and is a great historian for National Jet’s last 40 years. In this same department, Leonard Wilson is about to hit 25 years in micro drilling. No one looks at more holes in spinnerettes, melt blown dies, and spunbond dies than Leonard. He has a remarkable eye for hole detail.
Brian Connor has now headed our wire EDM department for 30 years. He is one of the few people in the world that routinely runs .001’’ diameter wire for wire EDM. He also plays a key role in our sinker EDM department as he creates all electrodes used for shaped hole machining. If it is a complicated shape or deep hole-he’s the one that figures out how to get the most efficient way to produce your part.
Larry Disimone heads up the lapping department and has already passed 25 years. He too has seen nearly every spinnerette and spinnerette repair that goes out the doors here at National Jet Company.
To be sure, National Jet Company has brought on a lot of young talent over the last few years; each of them has been trained by the craftsmen noted above. Our experience continues to grow and we are well positioned for many years to come!