Machinists Wanted!

Riggs Machine is currently looking for:

Manual & CNC Machinists

 

We offer:

  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent Health Package

  • 401K

If you are an experienced machinist and are looking for a new work environment, or are moving to the area, send your resume to: sales@riggsmachine.com

 

(applications are available to download in PDF format ->)

 

We look forward to having you on our team!

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Mill Caps – Handling the Heat and Pressure of the Modern Forge

As molten billets of steel race through the plant, they are formed into their final shape through a series of ever tightening rolls and presses.

The stands that hold these forming rolls are under extreme stresses as they progressively squeeze the metals into shape; be it flat sheets, bars, round stock or rails.

At the top of these stands are the mill caps – holding the components together, absorbing constant shock and vibrations as they maintain pressure on the searing metal as it is is worked beneath it.

The original cap was a cast part. This machined version will be stronger and less susceptible to cracks and weak spots due to the possibility of bad casting. It is also made of a finer grade of metal than the old, worn piece.

Using the drawings, we will CNC a new component from a 22 inch burn-out weighing over 19,000 lbs. (Not many suppliers can provide a single piece of metal that large.) Hooks were welded on the sides so the block could be moved throughout the shop.

These higher quality mill caps will provide a better support system and a more dependable and stable stand. In the long run, they will help provide our client produce a better product and maintain a longer running mill.

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Bag Lifter – (Lifting Devices)

Bag Lifter - CAD Version
CAD Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting materials and products across your facility, off of trucks, or onto storage takes various methods. Occasionally it will involve using a support structure that can safely manage the load. These devices spread the weight out evenly or allow you to lift multiple items at a time.

 

New Bag Lifter - Welding Begins
Welding Begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unit shown here is a bag lifter. It lifts a single 1,000 lb. bag of dry product manufactured at the facility and allows them to quickly move them to a waiting fork lift.

 

Original Bag Lifter
Original Bag Lifter
Original Bag Lifter - End Hook
Original Bag Lifter – End Hook

 

 

 

The original unit was worn and in the redesign, we took the opportunity to reinforce the lifting eye with additional material.

 

New Bag Lifter - Reinforced Lifting Eye
Reinforced Lifting Eye

Often, such lifting devices have to be load rated. The design will be reviewed by an engineering firm and the final unit structurally tested. At that point, a placard will be placed on the unit noting its load limit.

 

New Bag Lifter - Arm Detail
Arm Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can follow the job as it moves through the shop. From reverse engineering the original unit, to receiving the parts from the metal shop. Next we lay out and inspect the components. The tack-up process happens and then final welding. A coat of safety yellow (you really want to see anything that is lifted from a crane) is applied.

 

 

New Bag Lifter - Parts Bundle
Parts Bundle
New Bag Lifter - Parts Layout
New Bag Lifter – Parts Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sturdy, reinforced bag lifter will provide many years of dependable service. That’s the goal of the products we provide at Riggs. They’re the best parts and components in your shop.

 

New Bag Lifter - Final Unit
Final Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those parts, much like Riggs Machine & Fabricating, are the ones you can count on for dependability.

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

What’s Up with the Price of Steel?

The cost of steel has tripled! This has been a blessing for the mills in the U.S. that had just recently been suffering. Some have been hiring and even running additional shifts to keep up with the growing demands.

Steelworks 62 – Ben Cooper – 2010
Licensed under CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profits are up as the price and demand for the products continue to grow – but there is a downside to all of this …

 

www.lemonloco.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New fabrication and repair costs have skyrocketed. Metal quotes that our vendors once held valid for up to 30 days, are now only good until the end of the day! This makes submitting a large quote that will have to go for budgeting and long-term planning difficult for many companies.

updated angle based handrail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jobs that we had routinely run for clients, have to be re-quoted and adjusted – upward. Some clients are putting off the work while others are trying to find inventive ways to keep the costs down. At times running equipment that should have been repaired or replaced.

 

original housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The analysts see this current price jump as a bubble and believe it will continue for a short time and then drop drastically. How it will affect the mills who have been riding on the higher profits is hard to say. It’s too early to tell.

 

Steelworks 68 – Ben Cooper – 2010
Licensed under CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But fabricators and repair facilities are hoping for a stabilization so we can help our clients get over the sticker shock they are now facing and prepare for these large capitol upgrades, outages and major repairs.

 

Malecon Sunset –  Mark McNestry
licensed under CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Aluminum vs. Polyethylene Pump Guards

 

We have been recently changing out a lot of pump guards that did not hold up to the harsh factory environments that they were expected handle. These plastic guards are being exchanged for more durable aluminum guards.

 

Here’s what they found:

  • The plastic can’t take the heat of the high temperature pumps. The guards get soft and warp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The aluminum guards will not rust, are highly resistant to weathering and are corrosion resistant to many acids.

 

  • Aluminum can be easier modified and repaired than plastic.

 

  • The plastic guards can only be removed a few times. After that, they become warped and difficult to fit back around the pump and often need to be replaced.

 

  • When supplied with a clear section for inspection, these areas quickly become clouded and useless. They have to be removed to inspect the unit opening a gap to a running pump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Our upper ventilation slots also act as inspection ports so you can easily monitor the pump without touching the unit or removing a clouded cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We’ve also added lower inspection holes to check the base of the pump for leaks, fallen items and belt issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • They have no ventilation or limited ventilation! Our aluminum guards have superior ventilation, increasing the lifespan of your high-temp pumps.

 

  • Many of these plastic guards come as kits. Your employees could spend may hours cutting and modifying one to get it to fit correctly. Our guards come custom built ready to install on your pump!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your people stay in the field = more dollars in your pocket.

 

 

Contact Riggs Machine about our durable, long lasting, custom aluminum pump guards.

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Model 1841 Field Gun Cannon

1841 Field Gun - Test Fire

 

 

Built by Steen Cannons & Ordnance Works of Ashland, KY, (http://steencannons.com/) this is the test firing of a model 1841 field gun cannon. Riggs Machine milled and turned the cannon from a raw casting. This particular model is made out of cast iron. Steen did a beautiful job with the final assembly.

 

Here is the unit out of the horizontal mill after getting the trunnions machined. It is ready for the CNC lathe.

 

1841 Field Gun - partially machined

It’s been very exciting working with Steen. They do excellent work and we hope to continue our relationship with them. We never know what type of jobs will hit the shop, but these cannons have been some of our favorites!

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Large Pipe Temporary Strainers (Witch Hats)

Large Pipe Strainers - Chris for Scale
Large Pipe Strainers – Chris for Scale

 

These temporary cone and basket strainers (the models with the flat bottoms) are impressive. Used during start-ups and repairs, they will protect pumps, piping and other parts of the system from nuts, bolts and other stray debris.

 

Various Styles of Temporary Strainers
Various Styles of Temporary Strainers

 

These are made of 304 stainless steel and custom designed. Riggs Machine can provide them in a variety of materials, styles and sizes.

 

Witch Hat Strainer - CU

Temporary Strainers on Pallet
Temporary Strainers on Pallet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They might seem extreme, but when you realize what they can save, they are worth every dollar!

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Essential Business Status

On March 23 Gov. Andy Beshear ordered all nonessential retail businesses to be closed. Some critical businesses are exempt from these guidelines.

Riggs Machine is considered an Essential Business aligned with the Critical Manufacturing Sector servicing many industries including:

  • Energy
  • Chemical
  • Transportation
  • Water and Wastewater Systems

We will be operating and available as you have come to expect.

As always the health and safety of our employees and families remain our number one concern and we will continue to follow all applicable CDC guidelines.

Feel free to contact us at 606-324-009 if you have any questions about our operating hours or new safety protocols during this unprecedented time.

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

March 20, 2020

As the world faces a truly unprecedented situation, Riggs Machine & Fabricating is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our valued employees, customers and community. We continue to closely monitor the latest reports and recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our employees and customers are our top priority. Riggs Machine & Fabricating has implemented practices to assist in protecting our employees and community.

  • Employees have been updated on preventative practices and preparedness plans recommended by the CDC. We have requested employees follow these guidelines for proper personal safety.
  • We are following the government’s direction to practice social distancing.
  • Employees are asked to stay home if they feel ill.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectants are being provided throughout our work areas.
  • Comprehensive cleaning and sanitizing protocols are in place for our facilities, including high traffic areas being frequently disinfected and cleaned.
  • Customer and supplier visits on-site to Riggs Machine & Fabricating are limited. Drivers picking up material or making delivers have limited access into our facilities and exposure to our employees.

We remain committed and confident that during these tough times, we can continue to deliver the quality, dependable service to our customers across our community in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.

Thank you for your partnership and should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 606-324-0090.

Sincerely,

Bert Riggs, President

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!

Mobile Safety Barrier

Traffic Cone

When a Simple (traffic) Cone Won’t Do”

 

Movable Safety Barrier - 3D Render

 

There are several solutions to protecting workers and areas vulnerable to hazards like pedestrian and industrial traffic.

Some companies throw out a few cones, maybe even adding a flag or two for visibility. Then there’s the flimsy plastic folding barriers you might have seen around an out-of-service restroom at the mall.

But these solutions are not suitable for industrial environments. They don’t offer any real protection. They’re just one step up from wishful thinking.

Riggs Machine would like to suggest a better solution: the Mobile Safety Barrier.

This item protects the area around workers while in underground accesses such as manholes and maintenance openings or above ground on ladders.

 

Movable Safety Barrier - Man in Barrier

 

Highly Visible – can be see by those walking around the area and in vehicles and forklifts.

 

Movable Safety Barrier - Side View

 

Due to its sturdy design, it will not fold or buckle in high winds or bad weather. Can be bumped and still remain in position. It’s solid metal frame can withstand the harsh plant environment. Unlike plastic units, it can be painted any color or modified if necessary.

 

Movable Safety Barrier - Caster

 

The Mobile Safety Barrier positions easily on heavy duty casters and can be loaded on a flatbed for quick offsite setup.

 

This convenient, sturdy, mobile, highly visible unit increases safety in your facility.

 


Riggs Machine & Fabricating – Serving industry in KY, OH and WV for over 45 years!