Press Releases2018-10-19T20:35:36+00:00

Specialty Mfg. News

Machine Design

Specialty Manufacturing Co. shares with us a case study on how custom-designed toggle valves improved Christensen Farms’ distribution of water to reduce waste and increase efficiency.
In 2010, the agronomy department at Midwest pork producer Christensen Farms set a goal to visit every production facility (farm) to assess and reduce water waste, which consumes manure storage capacity.
As they studied the data they gathered, they noticed a trend: The volumes of both water and manure application were higher than forecast. They set out to find out why.
As the agronomy team reviewed operations, it noticed a consistent failure of watering toggle valves in the farms. While water was delivered to the pigs, flow was inconsistent. The inconsistency influenced water waste volume, with excess water flowing over water pans and running into manure pits. Continue reading

Solar Garden

The Specialty Mfg. Co. has a rich heritage in St. Paul, Minn. that spans more than a century and four generations. A family business, the company was built on creative energy, a tradition of helping people with their products, and a commitment to supporting its community.
Specialty Mfg. also values protecting the health of our environment. As a member of the board at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., the company’s president, Daniel McKeown, was interested in his alma mater’s solar garden initiative. That’s because Specialty Mfg. has more than 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space across three facilities in St. Paul, Granite Falls and New Ulm, Minn. Its largest facilities in St. Paul consist of two buildings, totaling 210,000 square feet, with rooftops that are ideal locations for solar gardens. Continue reading

The Material Importance of Fit, Form and Function

Today’s smaller and lighter automotive engines achieve greater speed than their predecessors while consuming less fuel. The simultaneous reduction of emissions and increasedmiles per gallon (MPG) figures testify to how truly efficient these engines have become. The downside of the more stringent performance requirements, however, results in a greater susceptibility for a buildup of deposits to occur in air induction and fuel systems, damaging the ratio between air and fuel. Continue reading

Value-added Engineering is a Specialty Effort

Value-added engineering simply means just that. It enhances and customizes a standard solution so that it works better; offers cost, reliability and performance benefits; or uniquely solves a long-standing challenge.
Providing value-added engineering is more than lip service and empty claims. It requires that an engineering team be in place, tasked with improving project quality and employing a high level of skill, communication and collaboration that adds value at every step along the way.
Specialty Manufacturing takes standard, off-the-shelf valves and components and adds application-specific value to designs for its customers. The ability to listen, evaluate, customize, test and deliver solutions — ranging from a minor tweak to a major redesign — defines Specialty Manufacturing and its missions. Here are four examples that illustrate the types of challenges it routinely solves. Continue reading

A Shared Philosophy Ensures Repeat Business

When Holiday House Distributing, the largest distributor of OCS, water and vending parts in North America, needed a modification to a ball valve design, there was no question that it would ask The Specialty Manufacturing Co. (SMC) to create it. Although Holiday House could have chosen to continue to perform manual assembly of the fitting, or instead farm out the assembly, experience told them that SMC would be able to reengineer an existing part and supply all the expertise needed to do so. Continue reading

The engineering behind SecureTip’s innovative saliva ejector: An interview with Specialty Dental

SecureTip was looking to improve performance of its saliva ejectors for clinicians and patients, while also reducing manufacturing costs. Read More

Innovations in Dental Tool design

See how The Specialty Mfg. Co’s. value added design and manufacturing capabilities were applied to improve the function of hand held tools for dentists, Read More

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The Material Importance of Fit, Form and Function

Today’s smaller and lighter automotive engines achieve greater speed than their predecessors while consuming less fuel. The simultaneous reduction of emissions and increasedmiles per gallon (MPG) figures testify to how truly efficient these engines have become. The downside of the more stringent performance requirements, however, results in a greater susceptibility for a buildup of deposits to occur in air induction and fuel systems, damaging the ratio between air and fuel. Continue reading

Value-added Engineering is a Specialty Effort

Value-added engineering simply means just that. It enhances and customizes a standard solution so that it works better; offers cost, reliability and performance benefits; or uniquely solves a long-standing challenge.
Providing value-added engineering is more than lip service and empty claims. It requires that an engineering team be in place, tasked with improving project quality and employing a high level of skill, communication and collaboration that adds value at every step along the way.
Specialty Manufacturing takes standard, off-the-shelf valves and components and adds application-specific value to designs for its customers. The ability to listen, evaluate, customize, test and deliver solutions — ranging from a minor tweak to a major redesign — defines Specialty Manufacturing and its missions. Here are four examples that illustrate the types of challenges it routinely solves. Continue reading

A Shared Philosophy Ensures Repeat Business

When Holiday House Distributing, the largest distributor of OCS, water and vending parts in North America, needed a modification to a ball valve design, there was no question that it would ask The Specialty Manufacturing Co. (SMC) to create it. Although Holiday House could have chosen to continue to perform manual assembly of the fitting, or instead farm out the assembly, experience told them that SMC would be able to reengineer an existing part and supply all the expertise needed to do so. Continue reading

The engineering behind SecureTip’s innovative saliva ejector: An interview with Specialty Dental

SecureTip was looking to improve performance of its saliva ejectors for clinicians and patients, while also reducing manufacturing costs. Read More

Innovations in Dental Tool design

See how The Specialty Mfg. Co’s. value added design and manufacturing capabilities were applied to improve the function of hand held tools for dentists, Read More