unusual approach we take to quality assurance, an approach that requires the active participation of each and every employee in our plant.
Near a battery of Warner & Swasey 3AC lathes, Wayne West demonstrated the numerous quality checks that must be made following each machining process.
Balon rotary transfer necking machines are fine examples of machine tools designed and built in-house to address our special requirements. Walt Burrow, Dai Ngo, and Dung Ly operated two of these unique machine tools, found nowhere else in the world.
It has become unusual for a ball valve manufacturer to make its own balls, so the NAPM group had a rare opportunity to see how, at Balon, we actually make our own steel balls. As our guests looked on, Ben Oku and Rosie Anderson turned rough forgings into shiny spheres that will be installed in our 2”-bore ball valves.
Back in our large valve assembly area, Danny Lowe and Albertino Gomez discussed the unique features of Balon’s trunnion mounted ball valves. Nearby Jaakie Ho and Veronica Shaw displayed Balon’s gear operators, which, like everything else in a Balon valve, are designed and built in-house.
The plant tour ended with our guests looking on as four seasoned Balon assembly employees – Kathy Lam, Joachin Zavala, Jose Rocha, and Juan Garcia – took them through the assembly of a 2” ANSI 600 ball valve. Of course, as our customers have grown to expect, all material used in the construction of Balon valves is domestic.
Back in the conference room, Mr. Silvestre capped off the evening by presenting Balon’s Co-President Phil Scaramucci with a plaque in recognition of the occasion.
Balon Corporation would like to express its appreciation to NAPM OKC, Inc. for allowing us this opportunity to acquaint you with our company. And we would like to thank the many Balon employees who helped make this event a success.