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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 80

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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Fl-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sanday, Nov. U, 1M8 Houghtons Make Mark On Industry WORKING PRESIDENT - Ralph H. Houghton, president of Aeromark Corp., has spent over 60 years as a machinist and toolmaker. He still spends a full day, five days a week, producing the intricate tools needed to fabricate the marking and embossing dies the firm makes to order. on its syringe with the firm's tools. The top of beer cans, the dating code on the side of a food can. markings on the side of a carton or the product it carries, or a deeply-sunk set of numbers on the side of a machine may all have been put there by Aeromark dies. "Making marking dies requires highly skilled craftsmen." said General Manager Vincent S. Ray, who is also secretary-treasurer. "The man employed here must have all the skilis and training of a machinist or toolmaker. but also have some creative skill." Both Houghton and Ray emphasize that work is produced to close tolerances. Prime example was a current job. An engraver using a three-dimensional pantagraph cutting device was reducing a three-inch wide bakelite pattern with 19 letters to a hard-steel die 'sth by 3-32nd inches. The blades cutting the hard steel are so minute that to ensure accuracy these are sharpened and checked under a microscope. Recently the shop purchased a calibrated microscope for measuring either the finished product or the blades. "We are pleased with this $325 microscope." said Houghton. "However, we are just as pleased with the one made for the shop by our president, Ralph H. Houghton." Ralph Houghton, aged 80, is the father of both George and the late John Houghton. John, original president and founder, died in an airplane crash in 1961. Eougtiton.moa tool-... maker and machinist for more than 60 years, takes a keen interest in the shop's operations. He shows up for work every day, "first man into the shop and last one out at 5:30 p.m." according to the staff. Tool-making is an important function of the operation. Ralph Houghton's longtime skill is a bridge between old-time craftsmanship and updated procedures. Just as the firm has involved itself deeper into production of vinyl stamping devices to replace the older rubber, it has become an important distributor in the electro- By PETE GORDON Business Editor BOCA RATON - The Houghton family has been making its mark on Florida industry since 1957. That year the late John Houghton sold his partnership in a going concern in Michigan to establish a firm here because "in five years the state would become so aggressively industrial, our specialized products would be in demand." Aeromark Corp. began business in a 600-square foot building at the war-time airport abandoned by the military. Its business was the highly-skilled craft of making steel stamps, marking and embossing dies, and other devices used to mark a product or machine with brand or maker's name or for other reasons. Boca Raton then had about 3.500 population and was dependent mainly on winter residents or tourists. "My brother John convinced me to join in the venture." said George Houghton, executive vice president of the firm. "He warned that there would only be beans to eat for five years. "We were both surprised to find we had survived the first year in the black. Sure we ate beans, but it gave us a good start." George Hougton indicated by chart that an almost steady business rise was experienced thereafter. Every year for the first four years, business doubled. A ct U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Rosel H. Hyde. Other speakers will include authorities in the optical character recognition field from government and industry. Winding up the conference will be CBS news commentator Ertc Sevareid, who will review the problems of contending with the massive amounts of information developed in our society. slight fallback was felt during the general business recession of 1965 and 1966. but for the most part it was an upward curve. Before the first year was out John and George, both skilled in the trade, had to hire new staff. Staff varies between eight and 10. The firm has its own building on 1595 NW 1st Court in the industrial section. Today's business is reported at $200000 annually. The company has extensive distributorship over 11 southeastern states for a line of its own make and allied products, and even does some business into northern states. Most of its business volume derives from its own products 70 per cent. The balance is from allied products made by other firms. The basic product of marking dies was broadened until the plant now produces name-plate dies; steel type and type holders: die. mold, dial and panel engravings; rubber printing dies; inspection stamps in both steel and vinyl; and stamped and embossed nameplates. tags and tool checks. The firm handles and services electrolytic marking equipment, industrial inks and ink-marking equipment; etch-tools and demagnetizers, numbering heads and marking equipment for industry. It does business with such firms as American Bosch, Crown Cork & Seal. Sherwood Medical Products, and Parker Pen. Its marking tools put names, dimensions, patent numbers, operating instructions, parts numbers, and similar markings on plastics, iron, bronze, wood, cardboard, surgical steel and many other materials. Some delicate transistors, the size of a pencil top. have parts numbers and makers name etched on the top, with Aeromark supplied equipment. Hot-operating dies stamp the maker's identification into a plastic pen within a quarter-inch square. An inspector may use a button-size vinyl stamp to mark approval on items rolling off an assembly line, or a medical company may emboss the graduates Stall Photos By Pele Gordon dimensional die of 19 letters in three lines. The finished die will cover a space of 'th by 3-16th of an inch. The die will be used to mark a plastic product. MECHANICAL ENGRAVER - Bjorn Johannessen, working from a master bakelite template of raised lettering a few inches square is cutting a three- Forum To Study Impa Of Optical Recognition chemical marking supply business. This process uses an electric current flowing through a stencil treated with a chemical to etch out the metal with name or mark. It takes split seconds. It makes its mark on tool steel as readily as on the tip of a delicate transistor. "Our faith in the area's industrial development was justified early," said Houghton. "By 1958 we moved from our original 600 square feet of rented space at the airport into our own building." The Houghton brothers built the 1,600 square foot unit on NW 1st Court it still occupies. By 1960 it was necessary to "add on more space for 6.000 square feet. There is still 60 feet of property frontage for expansion when necessary. "We are in the business of supplying marking equipment." said Houghton. "Industry is finding more reasons than ever to identify its products. Parts replacement numbers, patent protections, and operating instructions are only some of the motives. "It's a growing business with the type of product for marking changing radically from steel, wood or leather to plastic and exotic metals. Some of these newer things require delicate handling and newer marking methods. Wi ho vi Ihi lull lint (ornir Air Conditioning tquipmonl ind vtll it htpiy H mmi yti wild i frit itrviy (tr (orritr Air (ondttiomn ... (or rht tmolliif room or lorgttl building . . . no obligtlton, of (twill fj from the LARGEST J RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL on .......I M A conference of commerce, industry and government executives will be held to review the impact of optical character recognition on computerized information managment in the next decade. Scheduled for Dec. 4-6 at the Hollywood Beach Hotel, the forum will be sponsored by the International Business Forms Industries, the Washington-based association representing the billion dollar field. More than 600 corporate heads and government officials are expected to participate. Representatives are expected from 27 nations of the free world. Optical character recognition is the process which eliminates the commonly used keypunch stage in developing information for computer input, thus reducing input time and avoiding errors in transferring information from the original sources. Optical character readers, unlike other types of optical readers, such as mark sensing devices, work on the principle Radically New Devices Needed To Cut Air Pollution By Autos Smollett . . . 4 Vv Vv X guess. "First we try to do the job. We've always found a way to get costs down." Some cost estimates run higher. Charles Heinen, Chrysler Corporation's chief engineer on pollution problems, estimates the cost of afterburners of catalytic mufflers at$100-plus a car. unenthusiastic about adding such equipment. But Ford appears committed to the idea, even though practical working devices may be four years away, Taylor said. How much such equipment would add to the cost of a car is unknown. "Under $100." was Taylor's of recognizing the difference between printed characters and the background on which they are printed without reference to the position of the characters on the document. In other words, optical character readers permit direct entry of typed or printed data in processing systems without any human intervention. In announcing the first conference of its kind for top management only, IBFI President James F. Conway, who is also forum co-chairman, said: "Optical character recognition equipment will play a vital role in information management of the future. It is expensive, involving minimum expenditures of a half-million dollars. Not having he equipment, however, could mean serious marketing problems for management or critical time lags in governmental record keeping as populations expand. "Lead time in acquiring the equipment is long. Recognition of the problems, prop-spects and profits to be gained require understanding on the parts of top officials and decisions makers in commerce, industry and government. That's why this unique session has been called." 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