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You need high-quality machined parts delivered on time, from prototyping to high volume. That’s what we do. Consistent. Reliable. Trusted. You should be able to apply those three words to your machining partner and they’re at the heart of why you should work with Cass. Since 1945 Cass Precision Machining has consistently been recognized as leaders in on-time, as-promised deliveries of high-quality precision machined parts and reliable, worry-free customer service. We take pride in providing you machined parts that are unrivaled in build quality, from fast prototyping to high-volume production; and meeting every deadline. Work with Cass and you’ll get a partnership founded on trust and accountability.
Cass Precision Machining can produce parts up to 3.5 inches in diameter and under 12 inches long! You can also check the kind of parts we run on a daily basis here
Cost versus quality is the age-old question. Nothing will cause your quality or delivery to suffer more than selecting a supplier solely on price. Work with a supplier who is committed to a long-term relationship and has the technical expertise matched with the right equipment to support your needs. Cass Precision Machining has customers that have been with us for over a half century. These relationships are earned every day and are testimony as to why Cass is the best choice to be your machine parts supplier.
Cass produces complete parts using a range of technologies featuring single- and multiple-spindle automatic Screw machines, state-of-the-art CNC Turning and Milling machines, Swiss machines with live multi-axis tooling and CNC cylindrical, centerless and infeed Grinding machines. Since 1945, our customers have counted on us to produce high-quality parts from simple fasteners to very complex parts requiring multiple machining operations, heat treating, plating, finishing and more, from prototypes to high-volume production applications.
Industrial manufacturing means parts produced at a larger scale encompassing industries like automotive, agriculture, construction, energy, forestry, lawn and garden, and more. At Cass, products are configured to order and customers can order a stock product, and while they have the flexibility to alter certain features of the order. In custom manufacturing, however, unique products are designed or engineered to order.
What is the difference between a Lathe, a Screw Machine, a Swiss Machine, a Milling Machine and a Grinding Machine?
A Lathe is used to remove metals from a workpiece to give a desired shape and size. Lathes hold and rotate the workpiece to perform various metal removing operations such as turning, grooving, chamfering, knurling, facing, forming, etc. with the help of tools. Screw machines are automated lathes, typically equipped with multiple spindles that allows multiple tools to cut multiple pieces of material simultaneously. Like a Gatling gun, the multiple spindles are carried in a precision-machined drum that rotates in a horizontal orientation. Our six- and eight-spindle New Britain automatic screw machines allow us to ﬁll large orders with diameters up to 3.5 inches, while our single-spindle Brown & Sharpe automatics typically handle smaller orders. A Swiss machine mounts the workpiece on a rotary slide. CNC Swiss machines typically make more complex parts, completing both turning and milling operations within the same machine. Our newest Swiss machines are equipped to provide tooling and can handle your most complex and high-volume machined parts with ease. These multi-axis, auto-loading machines have industry-leading capability. Milling machines are very versatile. They are usually used to machine flat surfaces, but can also produce irregular surfaces. Milling machines can drill, bore, cut gears, produce slots and more. Our milling centers are typically used for secondary operations (milling, drilling, tapping), or to produce more complex non-diametrical parts. Grinding machines are used to achieve high surface quality and high accuracy of shape and dimension. In most applications it tends to be a finishing operation.
Generally, if your requirements call for higher volumes (e.g. 1,000 or more pieces) and does not require extreme tolerances or complexity, they are candidates for our multiple-spindle automatic screw machines. Depending on the complexity of the product, our sales engineers will recommend the machine that gives you the best part at the best price.
That’s a great question and it’s a promise you will get from just about any machining company. At Cass it’s a promise we can back up. Our machinists verify every single part during set up, tooling and instrumentation and continually run checks. We feel it is important to conduct random checks on all of our machines and parts to ensure quality. These checks and inspections continue all day long in each of our buildings. We take pride in the upkeep of our buildings and of our machines at Cass Precision Machining. We welcome you to visit our facility and audit our production, testing, and quality control systems. Any time you visit us, you will find a state-of-the-art campus that is clean and organized. Cass has a proven quality system based on the year over year best-in-quality awards we win from our customers. We can add to our baseline quality control systems to meet your additional requirements, seamlessly incorporating quality tools such as SPC, PPAPs, Cpk, 1st Articles, etc. We’ll work together with you to define and deploy a quality control system for your orders that provides a specific solution for your business needs.
Hey, we get it; we understand that in many cases you may not have all the information at hand to quote a part. In order for us to give you the most accurate quote, it helps if you can provide us with the following: • A fully dimensioned print, drawing, sketch (preferably in a PDF format) and/or CAD file • The raw material(s) specified • Any necessary secondary operations, including heat treating, plating or finishing specifications • Any customer specifications that may apply; such as 1st Article Inspection, PPAP requirements, material and outside process certificates required • The quantities you want us to quote • Any other background information that would be helpful, including target pricing or required lead-times
We will quote and run any quantity, including one-off prototypes, and will select the most cost-effective equipment to get your job done. We can produce anywhere from a few parts up to millions; just let us know what you need.
We can work with you to produce larger orders, inventory your parts and ship as you need them. Ask us about our JIT program, where together we look at the big picture of your requirements and make decisions for stocking parts both here at Cass and onsite at your location. This program will help you optimize your assembly uptime and production flow. Tell us what you need and we’ll make it work.
There is no such thing as a “typical lead time” for either prototype or production parts. We will work hard to meet your needs on every part we run. We invest aggressively in new machine tools, shop expansion, and adding quality people to our team to assure our lead times remain very competitive. We are always looking for ways to reduce delivery times.
You bet! Just tell us what your needs are and that will drive how we work for you. Don’t hesitate to ask us for customized services. We do this routinely in order to get our customers the exact part, in the right quantity, to their line when they need it. It’s all about saving you time and money. Cass can provide you additional finishing capabilities including, anodizing, plating, heat-treating, light assembly, warehousing and custom packaging.
Absolutely! We can offer assistance in machining methods, raw material and finish applications. Often a small design change, tolerance review, elimination of secondary machining, etc., will allow a part to fit into a lower cost machining method. It’s always worth asking the question. We enjoy tapping into our extensive design for manufacturability (DFM) experience to help you develop solutions to get your job done while saving you time and money.
Cass is committed to recycling and protecting the environment. In fact, we have integrated recycling into our daily processes. We recycle machine shavings, oils and lubricants and all residual materials.
Our standard office hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm CST, Monday through Thursday. 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays.
Our shipping and receiving hours are 6:00 am to 4:00 CST, Monday through Thursday. 6:00 am to 3:00 pm on Fridays.
Our address is 4800 Lilac Drive North, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429. For driving directions, just click on this link to a google maps plug that is housed in the “Contact Us” page.