Bolton-Emerson Americas: Artie

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Artie works in the Heat Treat Shop at Bolton Emerson. Here he’s operating a punch press. A giant flywheel in the back of the machine provides enough torque to punch a hole through piece of steel 3/8 inch. Related Images:

Bolton Emerson Americas: Carbide

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I never took shop in High School and I’m not much of a handy man, so I wouldn’t know carbide from carbon. But from what Frank tells me, carbide is the grade of steel that does the cutting. Evidently it’s also the grade that drill bits are made of. The day I shot these images, …

Bolton Emerson Americas: Bits

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This is an image from the “tool crib” at Bolton Emerson Americas. It’s a detail shot of one of the shelves containing drill bits and other tools and parts which, back in the day, employees would sign out to use and sign back in on return. It’s all about accountability. Back in the day was …

Bolton Emerson Americas: POSITIVELY NO SMOKING

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Welcome to the Woodworking Shop at Bolton Emerson Americas. Yes, I said woodworking. I was a little surprised myself, until it was explained to me. The “knives” that are made in the heat treat area are forged, sharpened and shaped to fit the specifications of a wide variety of pulping machines. The knives are the …

Bolton Emerson Americas: Getting it Straight

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I got the impression that this machine is not used very often. It sits kind of isolated from the rest, distant from what appears to be a natural workflow. Bobby, a fixture at Bolton Emerson Americas for the past 49 year, told me, “if any of the bars need straightening, we use this machine.” Related …

Bolton Emerson Americas: Cradle

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Once the iron bars that will become the “knives” of the pulping machines are forged in the oven, they are placed on this cradle and lowered into the vat of oil to be cooled. Moving them is a three man task. Related Images:

Bolton Emerson Americas: All Hail the King

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We return to the big milling machines. I took this shot of a King Milling Machine in action the same day I shot this one. Turns out, it was a lucky day. Of the days I was shooting in the shop, the gigantic milling machines were only in action that day. The other days, the …

Bolton Emerson Americas: Phil

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Phil is one of the employees at Bolton Emerson Americas. He was very eager to show me around and tell me about the company. He was working this lathe machine (or is it a milling machine?  I should have paid attention) in the small machine section of the shop one morning I was there. I …

Bolton Emerson Americas: All’s Weld that ends Weld

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Sorry about the bad pun. I’m preparing this post pretty late on a Tuesday night. This is Bolton Emerson America’s welding area.  I haven’t seen it in action, but I do know there is a lot of welding that goes into the assembly of the pulping machines. Thought I’d bring you another excerpt from the …

Bolton Emerson Americas: Industrial Light

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Thing is, I’ve driven past buildings like this before. They are not of the style of architecture that make you turn your head and say, “Damn. I need to photograph that.” They are part of the benign urban landscape. You just keep driving. No second thought. But light is an amazing thing. It can transform …