Over eighty presses ranging from 30 to 600 tons capable of running up to 1,500 SPM are strategically positioned within the U.S. and Mexican manufacturing locations resulting in a uniform offering across all plants. Total manufacturing space for all three locations exceeds 300,000 sq.ft. All locations feature state of-the-art sensor technology for the protection of tools, as well as advanced maintenance systems to ensure the availability and reliability of every piece of equipment. Continuing investment in new equipment and press room technology keeps IMS Buhrke-Olson up-to-date in adopting the latest metal stamping manufacturing processes.
Progressive Die Building
IMS Buhrke-Olson has progressive die building capabilities in both the U.S. and Mexico. The total tool room staff of 70-plus non-union journeyman toolmakers represents an invaluable resource in terms of experience, skills and capabilities. The staff is nearly evenly divided between US and Mexican operations. All toolmakers have been qualified through extensive training and certification programs.
IMS Buhrke-Olson employs both automated and semi-automated systems to perform spot welding, contact welding, TOXTM locking, toggle locking and fastener insertion. Processes typically involve combining IMS Buhrke-Olson produced metal stampings as well as fasteners, adhesives, rubber, plastic, composites and other parts into a finished or semi-finished assembly.
The company is best known for the automated assembly of high volume components: items such as automotive airbag modules, entertainment system chassis, electronic engine control units and complicated bracket assemblies. Automation systems are completely designed and built in-house. Semi-automated systems, such as stud welds or fastener insertion done off-line, are especially applicable for production of parts in IMS Buhrke-Olson's low-cost manufacturing locations.
IMS Buhrke-Olson provides customers with finished parts packaged to customer specifications. Among the services in the range of secondary and finishing options are: heat treating, plating, powder coating, anodizing, annealing, passivating, lapping & grinding, E-coating, deburring, cleaning, tapping and rust prevention. Other services such as wet and dry painting, machining and wire and cable harness assembly are available within the IMS group of companies as inter-company work transfers.