Rickenbacker Factory

In this area we do most the valve cavity machining. Each block is hand loaded into the machine by a rope hoist. You can see Joe's rope hoist here at the first station. Once Joe has the block in the machine he still has to align it, this is down by hand with small pry bars. Then each machine operator does their certain task to the block, it's then unloaded, and moved down the rollers to the next work station.

As you can see the machine closest to us requires a lot of downward force during the milling process; note the bent operating handles in Joe's hands.