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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

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IN THIS ISSUE…

Precision Razor Blades
No one does precision like Germany, and no one stocks more German precision blades than American Cutting Edge. We are committed to the lasting performance of your blades and knives for every manufacturing environment. Rely on American Cutting Edge for precise, long lasting blades for all your industrial needs. Call our sales team for more information.

Grinding

Depending on the material to be ground, CB Manufacturing’s experienced operators are able to hold dimensions of flat and parallel to .001 or better and thickness to +/- .0005.  Their operators are truly craftsmen, with years of experience and knowledge that allows them to meet and exceed customers’ specifications.  They are experienced with grinding and machining of all types of materials including carbon steels, tool steels,  abrasive plate, stainless steels, tungsten carbide, ceramics, beryllium copper, aluminum and others.

CB Manufacturing’s Mattison 108 is the largest vertical spindle rotary grinder east of the Mississippi and one of only three in all the United States. This particular machine has size capabilities of 126″ in diameter and 52″ tall, as well as a weight capacity of up to 10 tons!

For more information about CB Manufacturing’s grinding capabilities as well as our other abilities such as machining and sharpening visit our services page on CB Manufacturing’s website. 

Cryogenic Treatment

CB Manufacturing and Certified Heat Treating, Inc. offer Deep Cryogenic Treatment of knives, blades, and other industrial tools, in our in house microprocessor controlled, cryogenic chamber.

During heat treating, steel’s micro-structure transforms from austenite to martensite, which makes the steel much more wear resistant. However, some small pockets of austenite may not transform and this does not allow the knives to perform as well as they can. Deep Cryogenic processing helps change retained austenite to martensite, completing the transformation process.

Our Deep Cryogenic processing is different from conventional cryogenic processing and requires cooling the parts to more than 300° below zero compared to about 120° for conventional cryogenic processing. This process includes cooling the parts at a programmed rate, soaking the parts for up to thirty-six hours, and then an additional tempering operation to relieve any stress that may remain. We combine Deep Cryogenic processing with our state of the art Vacuum Heat Treating capability to offer unmatched metal treating and the best performance possible from your knives and tools. For more information about our Cryogenic Treatment, or any of our other heat treating capabilities visit Certified Heat Treating, Inc’s website

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 Holidays!

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CB Manufacturing will be closed 

Dec 24th & 25th and Jan 1st!   

We would like to say thank you to all of our valued customers for your patronage in 2013. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and 
look forward to working with you again in 2014! 

Rice Bowls
American Cutting Edge and CB Manufacturing proudly support Rice Bowls, an organization that turns pocket change into food for orphaned children around the world. Each year our employees gracefully give to this wonderful cause, and the company matches donations and then some. As the holiday giving season is upon us, and the year is coming to a close, we encourage you to look back on your year and contemplate what you can give.  Be it time, money or both, we encourage you to give back to those in need!
For more information about Rice Bowls check out their website! ricebowls.org

Happy Thanksgiving!

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American Cutting Edge and
CB Manufacturing will be closed
Thursday, Nov 28 & Friday, Nov 29.
Have you ever wondered how those delicious dishes get from the farm to your plate? You may be surprised to find out that many of these processes involve industrial knives manufactured by CB Manufacturing. These knives are distributed to some of the top food companies in the US. For example, that delicious spiral cut ham may be cut using one of our custom ham blades, and those frozen and canned veggies may have been chopped by our vegetable blades.  In fact, most of the food that is a part of your Thanksgiving celebration has likely been processed using a knife that CB Manufacturing makes.

 

From our family to yours, please have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
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EDM Wire Cutting

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EDM Wire Cutting

Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) is a process where electric current is used to cut precision shapes. Also known as spark machining or wire erosion, the EDM operator uses computer controlled machinery that passes an electrical charge through brass wire and through the material being cut to remove the excess stock for the finished shape or part. EDM is used when traditional CNC methods are too cost prohibitive or difficult because of their tight tolerances. EDM cutting is not for high volume production where stamping machines or precision axis machining would be better suited.

 

CB Manufacturing is proud to offer EDM wire cutting services for all of your custom manufacturing needs. Precision and fast turn around for all types of tool steel and exotic metals by our trained engineers and machine operators are at your service. Our EDM machines are located in a dedicated, climate-controlled facility and equipped with dielectric fluid chillers to assure the closest tolerances and fastest cutting times possible. Here are some of the services we offer with our EDM process:

  • Computer controlled with advanced wire EDM and CNC Software
  • Close tolerances
  • Excellent quality
  • Extreme accuracy
  • Precision contract wire EDM and CNC hole popper
  • 24 hour operation—quick turnaround
  • Prompt quotes

The CB Manufacturing EDM team includes knowledgeable specialists who coordinate each project with attention to detail. Our customer service approach is to partner with you and assist you in meeting your goals. We’re dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience, unmatchable quality, and fair, consistent pricing. Contact us today to discuss your heat treating needs. 

CB Manufacturing EDM Capabilities
  • Dies
  • Punches
  • Machine Components
  • Gears
  • Precision Diameters
  • Precision Contours
  • Form Tools
  • Dove Tails
  • Key Ways