History of GMT – Our association with M/S. Associated Toolings Kolkatta.

I met Mr. Karmarkar and Mr. Bishnu of Associated Toolings at HAL Koraput. This was 3 decades back. HAL guest house in those days a meeting point for a number of company executives who visit HAL. At that time Associated Tooling were making Jigs & Fixtures and supplying to HAL.

When I was looking after Sales at Kolkatta I used to visit Associated Toolings regularly and they bought our Cast Iron Surface Plate, Angle Plate, Box Angle Plate and Granite Surface Plate. They set up a machine shop. They purchased Power Chucks from us. They switched over to the manufacture of  Valves and Bonnet. They were regularly buying Power Operated Hand Indexing Chuck.

Early March 2007, they showed interest in our  Power Operated Power Indexing Chuck. After prelimanery discussions and study of their components we recommended 275 mm dia. Power Operated Power Indexing Chuck. We then initiated discussions with Machine supplier viz. LMW. We then sent our offer  to Associated Toolings by end Mar. 07. After a further interaction order for the chuck and other accessories except hydraulic power pack was placed by Associated Toolings upon us by end May. 2007 to be fitted on LMW Rigi 25 CNC Lathe.

We took almost 9 months to supply the chuck. This is due to the fact that during design and manufacture several issues had to be addressed including balancing.The chuck performance was very satisfactory and customer was able to increase his out put of valves due to our chuck.

kjnAbout the author : Shri. K Jagannathan – Executive Director – Sales & Marketing, GMT.
Sri.K.Jagannathan is synonymous with lathe chucks in the Indian machine tool industry. He has been with Guindy Machine Tools for over 5 decades. His vast experience and immense knowledge of workholding products is evident in some of the most complex workholding solutions provided by GMT.  


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