Can you explain the transition from Parlec to Omega Tool Measuring Machines?
Parlec Inc. produced two separate product lines. The first product line was a tool holding line that consisted of various types of tool holders, including ER collet chucks, endmill holders, shell mill holders, and a line of tapping and boring products. The second product line produced by Parlec was the Parlec Presetter line. A decision was made to sell the toolholding product line and with that product line the name Parlec went as well. Our ownership retained the presetter business and renamed that portion of the company Omega Tool Measuring Machines Inc.
Did you lose any people in the transition?
Omega kept all of our critical presetter employees and all of our sales personnel. In fact, we have been hiring people since the sale due to the successful growth of our business.
How do you go to market?
Omega TMM sells our presetters through both industrial distribution and through our own direct sales force.
Do you still make presetters in the USA?
Yes, Omega TMM is the only USA manufacturer of tool presetters. Our headquarters is located in Fairport, NY just outside of Rochester and all of our presetter assembly is performed here. In addition to our USA facility, we have a wholly-owned foreign enterprise located in Nanjing, China, which offers sales and service support for the Chinese market.
What other products does Omega Tool Measuring Machines offer?
We offer a complete line of tool presetters for the metal cutting, stone grinding and glass grinding industries. For the metal cutting industry our entry level presetter the Origin is an economically priced machine that delivers micron level accuracy. Our 1550 presetter and 1850 presetter offer a higher precision solution with the capability of communicating directly to the machine tool. Our 2500 is the heavy weight of our product line and features micron-level accuracy but also has the ability to accommodate cutting tool assemblies weighing up to 1000lbs. Our Apex presetter with a full environmental enclosure is our most accurate machine and is used for inspection of micro tools and tools used in the glass grinding industry. Finally, our Veri-Grind and Veri-Grind Lite are designed for the precision inspection of grinding tools for the stone grinding industry.
Omega also offers a complete line of heat shrink machines. From our air-cooled table top Heat Shrink Lite to our liquid quenched floor standing Shrink Set Pro, we have the right heat shrink machine to meet your requirements.
In addition, we offer all of your needed presetter accessories including adapters, test bars, zero gages, printers and printer labels.
Do you offer a presetter calibration program?
Yes, Omega Tool Measuring Machines offers several different preventative maintenance and calibration programs for your presetter. From the basic inspection to a full-blown re-calibration using state of the art Renishaw laser interferometers, we have the right program offering for you.
I have an older Parlec presetter can it be upgraded?
Omega TMM offers many upgrade options that will take your older Parlec presetter to the latest camera and software packages offered on our newest Omega presetters.
Why do I need a presetter? I can just touch off my tools in my machine.
You can touch off tools in your machine, but is that the best use of your machining center? Wouldn’t you rather have your machining center making chips and making you money? Our tool presetters allow you to measure your tool assemblies off line thus minimizing set up time on your expensive machining center. Our presetters typically have a payback period of less than one year. In addition, our presetters have capabilities beyond what you can measure in a machining center.
Who writes your software?
Almost all of our presetter software is written by Omega employees right here in the USA. On occasion, we use local contractors to assist with large projects. Our ability to write our own software allows us to quickly react to requests for custom applications. This is a key differentiator between us and our competition.