Manufacturing Today - May/June 2017 - 34
elcan takes pride in bringing
high-end technology to
a range of customers in
elcan industries provides unmatched material
screening and grinding expertise. by jim harris
Manufacturers in need of fine
screening of metal and other powders
have long looked to Elcan Industries
for its technology and expertise. "We
can find solutions for problems that
are seemingly impossible," says Bob
Grotto, president and owner of the
Tuckahoe, N.Y, company. "We can
help companies find a screening or
grinding solution that can help them
make a product in a much better way,
whether it's a turbine blade for a jet
engine or a 3-D printed body part."
The company specializes in selling
screening, grinding and classifying
machines from European and Japanese manufacturers into the American market. Machines offered by the
company are used in a variety of industries including chemical, fertilizer,
building aggregate, food, plastics and
pharmaceutical manufacturing. "We
don't have commodity technology,"
he adds. "We bring high-end technology from overseas to America."
Elcan's specialty technology attracted Grotto to the company in
1993, when he began researching it
prior to his purchase. The company
at the time was using a tumbler machine manufactured in Germany that
had features unseen in the United
States. "American companies were all
offering the same basic technology,"
Grotto says. "We wanted to be at the
forefront with companies who are advancing technology."
Although the maker of that tumbler
machine would eventually take the
technology elsewhere, the company
quickly rebounded by finding a similar
machine. That product line, from the
German manufacturer Minox, quickly caught on, doubling Elcan's sales
and leading to multiple installations.
Elcan later supplemented the tumbler
line with a screening machine developed by a company in Israel and manufactured in Italy. Elcan offered those
machines through 2013.
Today, the company offers the Minox line of tumbler screeners as well
as a line of grinding machines from
manufacturer STM Micron. The
grinding line includes fluidized jet
mill, cryogenic pin milling, sieve milling and air classification machines.
Elcan also carries RHEWUM type
WA high-performance vibration
screening machines used to classify
bulk material in the finest to medium-grain size range.
The company recently added the
Hi-Sifter, a Japanese machine that can
screen titanium powder to as fine as
10 microns, to its offerings. The company will display the machine in May
during the RAPID conference and
expo in Pittsburgh.
The Hi-Sifter's body and product
contact areas are all stainless steel,
making it ideal for the processing
Elcan Industries / www.elcanindustries.com / Headquarters: Tuckahoe, N.Y. / Employees: 20 / Specialty: Screening, grinding and classifying
technologies / Bob Grotto, president: "People come to us when they can't do something with conventional equipment."
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