"First. Best. Only."
These are the words used over and over when describing Tymac products. Tymac
invented the first electronic die cast machine monitoring system. Back in 1980,
Tymac introduced the die casting industry's first microcomputer-based process
monitoring and diagnostic system. By 1982, Tymac was first again, commercializing
the first central plantwide monitoring network system. Tymac was the first to
introduce velocity control. Today, Tymac provides the industry's only
predictive control system.
Founded in 1973, in its earliest years Tymac functioned as an engineering consulting
company which sold services to solve difficult manufacturing engineering problems.
However, unlike the typical consulting firm, the company would generally also
engineer and manufacture a product for its customer. This broad experience in
engineering and manufacturing led to the development and patenting of die casting
In the later 1970's, when home computers arrived on the scene, Tymac was quick to
realize their potential, developing a microcomputer-based portable analyzer. We
believe it to be the first application of microcomputers to instrumentation, and
the first application of dot matrix printers for graphic hard copy. The prototype
portable analyzer was attached to a simulated die casting machine and demonstrated at
several locations. It was a hit - General Motors and Ford both granted Tymac
substantial contracts within months. It quickly became the industry standard
analyzer and almost completely displaced the competing electromechanical recorders.
The savings and fast payback (Outboard Marine reported 30 days) were compelling
reasons to purchase.
In 1985, it became apparent that control of the process (versus monitoring alone)
would provide even greater savings. Furthermore, the return on investment would be
under 12 months in almost all cases, and in the majority, under six. Other companies
had attempted real-time closed-loop control of the process, and had failed. However,
Tymac believed that its in-house expertise in the area of closed loop control and its
multidisciplinary experience would succeed. Projected savings ranged from
$50,000-$600,000 per year, per machine. Initial orders came in even before a
prototype was built, because of the company's reliable track record. The first such
systems were successfully installed at Kuhlman Die Casting. According to the advanced
procurement manager at Ford, Kuhlman's commitment to Tymac and the subsequent success
of its equipment was instrumental in granting Kuhlman a $45,000,000 contract for high
tech die casting.
Aside: It is important to understand that the real-time closed-loop control concept
was not new at this time. However, the die casting process is unique in the extreme
response times and horsepower entailed. Tymac offers the only system capable of
controlling the die casting process in real time with a response time much faster
(.004 to .012 seconds) than the process itself. This level of performance is as
difficult to achieve, as it is critical to savings and productivity.
By 1986, Tymac offered die casters the industry's broadest product line, with the
best performance, at competitive prices. Word spread about dramatic improvements
in quality and cost reductions gained by Kuhlman Die Casting, ConTech, Alloy Die
Casting and others using the SuperShot and other products. By the early 1990's,
all major brands of machine made in the US, Europe, and Japan had been equipped
with SuperShot real-time injection controls.
In 1993, as a result of customer demand, Tymac engineered a new shot end based
on the combined advantages of its best-in-class real-time closed-loop controls,
together with the best features of the US and European shot end concepts.
Tymac has maintained its superb R&D program through good and bad economic
times. A 2-year R&D program, aimed at eliminating second-order variations
and regular calibration, resulted in a completely new control concept. This
was beta-tested in 1999. The system, called the SuperShot 2002, was
patented a few years later, though as of 2002 it has not yet been offered to
the general industry.
Currently, Tymac has customers and representatives in countries around the
world, including big names like Top Die Casting, and Castwell.