Daniel Franklin, who began his career at the Rollomatic factory in Switzerland in 1999, will take over the team leader’s position with immediate effect, according to a recent Rollomatic news release. Franklin takes over for Mac MacKenna, who transitioned into a sales manager position in the Northeast.
Franklin’s responsibilities will include leading a team of 10 applications and field service engineers, and he will be accountable for all activities relating to test grinding, applications R&D and machine installation, as well as all aspects of field and in-house machine service. Franklin, who relocated with his wife and three children to the USA in 2014, has been an effective and industrious applications engineer at Rollomatic USA in Mundelein.
Born in the U.K., Franklin relocated with his parents to the French-speaking part of Switzerland, where he eventually worked in machine assembly at Rollomatic's Swiss factory. He was soon promoted into the position of applications engineer due to his innate ability to learn new skills. He was highly regarded as a quick-learner and diligent worker, and rose to be one of Rollomatic’s senior applications engineers, according to the company.
After relocating to the U.S., Franklin was a senior applications engineer at the company's Mundelein, Ill., facility. During his extensive travels in North America, he became very familiar with the techniques and methods that are prevalent in U.S. manufacturing. His widespread experience in the cutting tool field and CNC grinding machines made him an ideal candidate for this position. His support-oriented customer approach and his strategic mindset will benefit the team and enhance the effectiveness of Rollomatic in the competitive field of selling high-end CNC grinding machines.
"Daniel’s impressive track record working for Rollomatic and his ability to communicate and relate to people make him the ideal leader," said Eric Schwarzenbach, president of Rollomatic Inc. in Mundelein. "Such qualities are key to expanding the brand name and drive the ever-evolving new technologies of the company. We fully expect that his talents will support the profitable growth of our business."
The company's headquarters in Mundelein include a state-of-the-art machine demonstration and customer support facility. Their sister company, Strausak Inc., is located in the same building.
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.