NTM becomes KOMET SERVICE Partner

August 31, 2014 - 07:00pm
Tom Whennen (right), manager of KOMET SERVICE North America, hands the official KOMET SERVICE Partner plaque to Pat Mullins, President and CEO of NTM, Inc, thus marking the official opening of NTM, Inc as a KOMET SERVICE Partner.

Minneapolis machine shop NTM Inc. is now certified to regrind and refurbish KOMET tools, manufacture solid carbide tools and to provide KOMET brand standard solid carbide tools as the sixth KOMET SERVICE Partner in North America.

On June 12, NTM and KOMET of America, Schaumburg, Ill., held a celebration to mark the official start of NTM's KOMET SERVICE Partnership. Attendees included representatives from KOMET of America, as well as NTM employees' families and NTM's customers and business partners. Guests were treated to food and wine, along with the opportunity to tour NTM's plant floor. Since NTM and KOMET signed a partnership agreement 2 months ago, representatives from KOMET have been training NTM employees on-site, including a 2-week training program, whereby four representatives were trained on the processing and manufacture of KOMET tools. At the ceremony, KOMET representatives acknowledged these skilled technicians and presented them with certificates, showing that they are qualified in KOMET quality standards and have access to KOMET's official tool drawings and processes.

NTM is in the process of obtaining ISO 9001 certification, ensuring adherence to established quality standards.

"We are well underway with our partnership," said Patrick Mullins, president and CEO of NTM. "The level of commitment from KOMET is inspiring. It has created a buzz in our marketplace, and people are talking."

Exhibiting their commitment to the local community, NTM held a fundraiser for the Twin Cities based Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation. In addition to donations from the grand opening guests, NTM and KOMET of America together pledged $500 to the foundation, which aims to improve patient care and to ensure the accessibility of quality health care to everyone in the Twin Cities North Metro Region.

This new partnership between KOMET and NTM will benefit customers in the upper Midwest by offering localized access to KOMET-quality solid-carbide drills, endmills, and milling cutters (both standard and custom builds); quick turnaround and technical support from a local partner; pickup, delivery, and expedite services; and access to regrinding and recoating to help ensure tools will achieve optimal tool life and retain their original geometry and design specifications, according to the company.

"There are many benefits of being a KOMET SERVICE Partner, but one in particular is giving NTM different avenues for cost savings in other areas of our business that we can then pass on to our customers," Mullins said. "We are working together to give our customers the best pricing and customer service available." NTM offers its services throughout the country, but has a special focus on serving Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and North and South Dakota.

Related Glossary Terms

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.


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