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Made in America!

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Made in America!
American Cutting Edge, a Division of CB Manufacturing has been in the knife industry for almost 50 years. Throughout this time we have grown from a one man operation to an industry leader in cutting solutions. Many of these cutting solutions are manufactured right here in Dayton, Ohio! At our Miamisburg campus, we have a large spacious factory with 40+ skilled workers and counting. Our team of knowledgeable machine operators is made up of many generations of workers, from our veterans to our rookies, everyone in the factory comes together to get each and every job done right. American Cutting Edge is proud of our Made in America products and our ability to develop manufacturing opportunities right here in Ohio.

American Cutting Edge Acquires Industrial Blade Division from Superion

American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing & Sales Co., Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of the industrial blade product line from Superion, Inc., of Xenia, Ohio.  The purchase includes both the assets used to manufacture blades as well as the intellectual property surrounding the product line.

American Cutting Edge is the leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of steel and tungsten carbide industrial blades worldwide.  Superion has been one of the foremost manufacturers of Solid Tungsten Carbide and Ceramic Razor Blades, premium and long-lasting blades used to cut or convert materials such as foil, film, paper, textiles, and other resistant materials, as well as the innovator of the proprietary resharpening process that allows multiple reuses of their blades.

This purchase will allow Superion, Inc. to concentrate on their primary line, which is the manufacture and sell of precision cutting tools for metalworking.  The addition of the Solid Tungsten Carbide and Ceramic Industrial Blades to the American Cutting Edge brand will allow American Cutting Edge to continue to offer their customers the newest and best technology for their material converting needs.

Chuck Biehn, president of American Cutting Edge is positive about the acquisition:  “There is a long history of partnership and synergy between our two companies and we are excited that we have come to an agreement that will allow both companies to do what we love and do the best.  Superion will be able to focus all their skills and talents on providing precision metal cutting tools internationally and American Cutting Edge will expand our global product offering with advanced technology that will benefit our customers with extended blade life and reduced overall costs.”

The purchase was finalized June 27, 2014.

American Cutting Edge’s parent company, CB Manufacturing & Sales Co., Inc. is owned by the Biehn Family and provides industrial machine knives and razor blades worldwide, as well as contract surface and EDM services throughout the Midwest.  They also own Certified Heat Treating Incorporated, whose West Carrollton and Springfield facilities provide metal processing services to customers in a five state region.  CB Manufacturing & Sales was established in 1965 by Charlie Biehn Sr., and will proudly celebrate 50 years of business in 2015.

Edge to Edge Archive

In a past Edge to Edge we featured articles regarding our reshoring efforts as well as our factory and the new machinery we have. We feel both of these directly relate to this newsletter. If you would like to revisit these, or any of our other articles you can find them on our website under news and events.

Announcement - Name Change

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Announcement – Name Change

In 2015, CB Manufacturing will celebrate our Fiftieth year as one of the U.S.’s premier knife manufacturing companies.  We may be marking our golden anniversary, but we continue to live our mission statement: Better * Faster * Leaner * Stronger.  In that spirit, on July 1, 2014, we are proud to introduce to you our new name: American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing.  We have chosen to adopt as our new name the title of the razor blade focused branch of our company because it reflects overall what our company is: North America’s number one provider of cutting edges.

Many of our valued customers currently purchase from both CB Manufacturing and American Cutting Edge and the combining of our two divisions—machine knives and razor blades—will eliminate the need to issue two separate purchase orders and maintain two separate accounts when placing orders.  It will also simplify the quoting and ordering process for our customers, as they will have a single service expert who oversees all their orders from start to finish.

Regardless of our name, American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing, will continue to focus on the same principles that are allowing us to commemorate fifty successful years: exceptional customer service and the highest standards of quality.  The same principles that Charlie Biehn set in place back in 1965.

During the changeover on July 1, 2014, and afterwards, we will always accept purchase orders issued to either CB Manufacturing or American Cutting Edge as our customers update their systems to reflect our new name.

Please join us in marking our Fiftieth birthday.  And we’d like to thank you, our loyal and valued customers.  Over the past five decades, we have all weathered changes in the economy and technology and emerged stronger and better than ever.  We look forward to celebrating another fifty years in partnership with the customers who are so instrumental to our success.

Visit our new Better * Faster * Leaner * Stronger website: AmericanCuttingEdge.com for more info!

Very Truly Yours,

Chuck Biehn
Chief Executive Officer
American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing

Dayton Manufacturer Makes Acquisition

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Dayton manufacturer makes acquisition
Joe Cogliano ■ DBJ
Chuck Biehn is CEO of CB Manufacturing.

Joe Cogliano
Senior Reporter-
Dayton Business Journal

A local industrial knife maker has purchased the product line of another Dayton-area manufacturer.
American Cutting Edge in Centerville acquired the industrial blade business of Xenia-based Superion Inc. The sale includes Superion’s line of solid tungsten carbide and ceramic razor blades —premium, long-lasting blades used to cut or convert materials such as foil, film, paper and textiles —as well as its proprietary sharpening process that allows the blades to be used multiple times.
Terms of the deal, which includes equipment and intellectual property, were not disclosed. Company officials say the sale will allow Superion Inc. to concentrate on its primary line, the manufacturing of precision cutting tools for metalworking.
American Cutting Edge — a division of West Carrollton-based CB Manufacturing & Sales Co. — designs and produces steel and tungsten carbide industrial blades that are sold globally.
Chuck Biehn, CEO of CB Manufacturing, told me Monday morning the acquisition is a big deal because his company had been importing a majority of the products it just acquired from Superion.
“This allows us to react faster to customer needs and have the ability to offer more American-made products,” Biehn said. “We believe with this new equipment we will be able to compete with the factories overseas where we now get the product.”
American Cutting Edge will pick up two employees from Superion and will need to hire at least two more people. Biehn hopes to eventually expand the newly acquired product line.
CB Manufacturing has about 140 employees, which includes its American Cutting Edge and Certified Heat Treating divisions. The parent company is one of the Top 100 local companies with more than $24 million in revenue last year, according to Dayton Business Journal research.
This is the second acquisition of a local company for CB Manufacturing in less than a year. Last fall, it purchased Heat Treating Inc. in Springfield.

Blade Longevity

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Blade Longevity

Customers often ask what they can do to increase the life of their machine knives and razor blades. While there isn’t a set in stone blanket answer for this question there are a few tips we can offer. It is important to note that not all ideas are appropriate to all applications. Many aspects go into a finished product such as knife material, coatings, environment, cutting substrate, geometry and surface finish of the blade, and the list goes on. If you are interested in getting better blade life, please read through the information below and contact one of our knife experts to discuss your options. 

Materials

One of the factors for blade longevity is the material in which it is made.  Your application and desired price point will likely dictate the best material for you.  Depending on what you are cutting you may need harder steel, or something with higher carbon content. In many cases there are different options for what material you can use. One material may get the job done for an acceptable period of time; however another material may work even better for an extended time frame.  For example CB Manufacturing has recently released a new product, our carbide inlaid densifer knife. This blade, with its carbide inlay could double in life from its non-carbide inlaid counterpart, and should give the user cleaner cuts.  There are many materials available that can be considered for each knife. Carbon Steel, Stainless Steels, High Speed Steels and Tool Steels are all options to discuss with your blade expert. Click here for more information about blade and knife materials.

Coatings

In conjunction with the material of your knife you may be able to choose a coating that will make your blade last even longer. There are a slew of coatings available including Titanium Nitride, Boron Carbide, and Teflon just to name a few.  Each coating has a different use, for example Teflon is generally used to increase the lubricity of the blade surface and can be great for adhesive cutting applications while a Boron Carbide, more commonly known as ceramic coating, is generally used to add extensive wear life to razor blades, making the blade last 20+ times longer. Contact your Product Manager to discuss what options would be best for you and your application. For more information on coatings and how they interact with different steels you can also visit our website.

Hardness Vs Toughness

Another aspect of blade life is the hardness verses the toughness of the blade. Generally as hardness increases, toughness decreases. Toughness is desirable when blades are heavily impacted, hardness when a blade is exposed or abrasive materials. Hardness is a characteristic of a solid material expressing its resistance to permanent deformation. The Rockwell or Vickers hardness scales are most commonly used in the industrial blade industry. Toughness on the other hand is the maximum amount of energy a material can absorb before fracturing, which is different than the amount of force that can be applied. The key with industrial knives is finding that magical blend of hardness and toughness that will give a blade long life and good durability to stresses and impacts depending on the application. If you would like more information about this concept or would like to discuss your blades hardness or toughness please contact our knowledgeable blade staff. You can also visit our website for more information. 

Product Spotlight

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Carbide Inlaid Pelletizer

455-E509Inlay is a new pelletizer that American Cutting Edge will be offering. It has a carbide Inlay that will ensure greater blade life and cleaner cuts. This means more run time and less down time due to blade changes. Click here for more information regarding our pelletizer line.

Fish Processing Knife

 

260-0585006Cryo is American Cutting Edge’s 58″ knife used in fish processing.  This knife is manufactured at CB’s Dayton, Ohio facility and has been a top seller in the food processing division for the past 10 years, a true showcase piece. OEM quality at factory direct pricing adds nothing but dollars to your company’s bottom line. For more information about our fish processing line, click here!

Carbon Steel Skinner Blade

 

R-203502MOD is a carbon steel skinner blade offered by American Cutting Edge. Savvy consumers are switching to carbon steel skinning blades. The higher carbon content and higher hardness provide an unrivaled edge that cuts better and lasts longer, and for a lower price! With blades being changed out every 2, 4 or 8 hours at least, concerns about corrosion are irrelevant. Why waste money? Pay less for more blade!  Click here to learn more about our skinner blades.

Tungsten Carbide Medical Blades

 

Tungsten carbide blades! More Medical Device Manufacturers are coming on board with American Cutting Edge to use one of the variety of Tungsten carbide blades carried.  These blades are not only providing increased lifetime for the manufacturing lines but are also giving the precision cut needed for this line of products. Click here to learn more about our medical blades.

Wood Chipper Knives

 

American Cutting Edge offers a comprehensive range of precision ground wood chipper knives made from high quality hardened and tempered stainless and carbon steels. All Knives are made to the most exacting OEM standards. For more information click here to request a quote.

Reshoring Interview

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I sat down and talked to our President, Chuck Biehn, about our reshoring efforts and what he is seeing on a global scale.  Chuck’s father started CB Manufacturing & Sales in 1965 and he has now been working at the family-owned company for 37 years.

“We are real believers in reshoring and have bet a lot of money on the future of manufacturing in the USA” ~ Chuck Biehn

 

Chuck, what is “reshoring”?

Millions of jobs have disappeared over the last couple of decades as American companies found that many of the items they manufacture could be made much less expensively in other countries, especially China.  Today, a combination of higher costs in China and other low cost countries, combined with a desire to reduce delivery time and improve quality is allowing many products to be brought back and be manufactured again in the USA.  This is typically called “reshoring” and is the opposite of “offshoring”.

 

Has CB been a big part of offshoring in the past?

Distribution of machine knives is something we know a lot about as CB Mfg was actually started as a machine knife reseller back in 1965, only getting into manufacturing our own knives in about 1971.  We actually started importing knives in about 1972, before we even had a copier or telex machine, let alone a fax machine; imagine the pace of business when you had to mail letters back and forth—it took many months to complete a transaction!  Although our manufactured products dominated our business, we quickly became experienced importers, setting up partnerships all over the world.  Between myself and our staff, we have probably made over 100 overseas trips since 1981, as we don’t just “buy”, we really investigate our overseas factories and create partnerships that enable us to get our ultimate customers the best quality and value we can.

 

What do you see changing in the machine knife industry regarding reshoring?

Although the economics are such that there will be some quality knives that can best be manufactured overseas, today America is more competitive than ever.  Delivery is a key issue.  Customers have reduced their inventories to a point where they cannot wait months to receive custom made knives and they are willing to pay a bit more to get their knives made in this country.  Many times, this is the best business decision on our customers’ part and we all like to be patriotic and create American jobs when possible

 

What is specifically happening at CB Mfg that is allowing more reshoring of knives?

First, over the last few years we have really worked on Lean Manufacturing, cutting waste throughout our company and setting up cells surrounding the value streams that we offer our customers.  Second, we have made an investment of close to a million dollars in the last year or so, buying 3 major machines and using new technology to make our machine knives better and faster.  These two steps have allowed us to be more competitive making products in-house that we used to import, something we are quite proud of today.

 

Anything else to add about reshoring in America?

We are real believers in reshoring and have bet a lot of money on the future of manufacturing in the USA.  As a major buyer of heat treating services, decades ago we started a heat treating services company on our campus.  This heat treating company not only processes our knives, but also does commercial heat treating in about a 100 mile region.  A few months back, we acquired a competitive heat treating company northeast of Dayton, OH as we believe this industrial sector is going to grow due to reshoring.  This move more than doubled our heat treating capacity as we plan to be in the forefront of the new industrial revolution in our historically metalworking manufacturing region.  The future looks very bright for this new company and all our businesses!

 

New Machinery

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CB Manufacturing’s Factory has recently been upgraded with three new machines.

Reform GrinderThe first addition, a German-Made Reform Vertical Surface Grinder, has a 236” x 19.7” magnetic table and a 120 HP spindle motor. The machine is completely computer controlled using a Marposs system that will make the grinding process extremely automated, greatly reducing the chance for human error and increasing productivity. With the new addition, CB will be capable of holding finishing tolerances of +/- .0005 with much greater output than with conventional grinders.

Chevalier GrinderThe second addition is a Chevalier Grinder. This machine has a 16” X 40” chuck and is accurate to within .0002” across the entire chuck. It has incremental down feed of .00005” and we can set what size to finish and how many spark out passes to take. Its ball bearing ways verse one V and one flat way allow us to hold tighter tolerances. Plus it has a CBN, diamond wheel dresser that will improve productivity. This new grinder gives us even greater grinding and sharpening capabilities. We are very excited to welcome this piece of machinery to our fleet of grinders.

Kitamura HorizontalOur newest machine is a Kitamura Horizontal Machining Center.  This piece will machine parts up to 24″ in length with unbeatable accuracy, repeatability and speed.  This is an extremely reliable and quality made machine.

Happy New Year!

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2014 Happy New Year

It’s that time of the year to make your New Year’s Resolutions! Need to reduce expensive down time? It’s time to get a better, longer lasting, higher quality blade at competitive pricing…and we can help!

Trust Us With Your Sourcing Needs!

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Trust Us With Your Sourcing Needs!

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As a valued customer of American Cutting Edge, you know that we are in the blade business, so you don’t have to be. But did you know that we can help with your general sourcing needs as well? Evolution Resources, the sourcing division of American Cutting Edge, has helped many companies like yours to find the highest quality parts, such as gears, castings, machined parts, springs, screws, plastic parts, and many, many others. We’d like to do the same for you!

It’s a very tough marketplace these days and you have to make sure your costs are in line with your competition.  At American Cutting Edge we have a hybrid model where we manufacture many of our products domestically, but import certain items due to cost, raw material and quality standards.  By doing this we are able to maximize our company’s employment and business in America, while offering our customers the best quality and price they have come to expect from American Cutting Edge.

As the world is shrinking, many companies are attempting to source products overseas themselves. However, they quickly find that it is incredibly difficult to find reliable sources, they struggle with quality and reliability concerns, language barriers, slow communication, forced prepayments with no credit terms, and absolutely no guarantees on the products. Because of Evolution Resources’ extensive experience, we can solve all of these issues, and give you the comfort of dealing with an American company. We back every product with a 100% guarantee, so you can be assured of the OEM quality you demand!

Evolution Resources and American Cutting Edge have spent 35 years refining our sourcing skills. We’ve made 100s of trips overseas to find and qualify our partner factories. As a result, we have a wide network of long established, trusted partners, ready and willing to help you and increase your profits.

Don’t take a chance with money and reputation on the line. Call American Cutting Edge or visit Evolution Resources online at www.evolve-now.net! Let your friends at American Cutting Edge and Evolution Resources make your job easier!

Kettering College 5K

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Kettering College 5K

Kettering College 5K

American Cutting Edge (part of the BiehnCo Family of companies) participated in their first ever company sponsored 5K, last weekend. The Spring Into Health 5K at Kettering College provided a challenging run/walk for most of BiehnCo. However, our sales manager, Josh was able to hold on and win 1st place in his age group. Way to go!