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Jim Allemann’s 25th Show

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“My first IMTS was ’65, and I’ve come every year because my employers sent me to the show to learn what’s new and bring back that information and incorporate it into what we do,” says Process Engineer Jim Allemann. IMTS honored Jim’s dedication with a special ceremony that opened the East Building on the first day at IMTS.

Gathering new information at IMTS has enabled Jim to design, develop and patent a system that measures pins up to 42 inches long with 0.0005-in. accuracy. Leaving his previous employer, Jim joined forces with son Terry, president and founder of Allemann Machine & Tool, Labadie, Mo.

Allemann Machine & Tool builds components for the die-cast tool industry, primarily core pins. Measuring long ejector pins with a traditional micrometer was expensive, time-consuming and clumsy. Jim and Terry developed an idea about a piece of equipment they believed would make their lives easier and improve the business. They were right.

While visiting the IKO International booth at IMTS, one of the company’s linear rolling guides inspired an idea for a way to more efficiently and accurately measure the pins. They recently received a patent on the new pin measuring system that measures pins faster and easier. Mission accomplished.

Jim loves checking out all of the latest technologies at IMTS, and this year the new Additive Pavilion particularly impressed him. Reminiscing about previous visits, Jim recalls the time his company chartered a plane from St. Louis to Miegs Field, then located just north of the East Building.

Learn more about Jim, Terry and why they keep coming to IMTS in this video.

For more info: www.allemannmachine.com.

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