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October - Duralloy Screws, Inc.

Posted on December 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM by Samia Singleton

Duralloy Screws Inc.

October 1, 2016 - Duralloy Screws Inc., located at 440 Railroad Avenue in Cocoa, is the quintessential family business with practices that go as far back as the trade itself. Duralloy manually manufacturers and refurbishes feed screws and cylinders for extrusion and injection molding machines used in the plastic, rubber and food processing industries. Owner and General Manager Kevin Ruiz’s father purchased the company in 2001. Ruiz, a mechanical engineer, joined the company shortly after graduating from college.

Cocoa was a likely location for the employer of six, because of the family’s bond to the area. “I was born at Wuesthoff and grew up on Kentucky Ave.,” says Ruiz. “This has always been our home.”

Starting with only four machines, Duralloy was originally located on Shearer Boulevard and relocated to its nearly 20,000-square-foot facility, formerly owned by Morton Salt, on Railroad Avenue to accommodate its rapid growth. “We went from four machines to 16 machines and were out of space,” says Ruiz.

Ruiz believes, manually manufacturing and refurbishing screws is a lost art. “All of our work is manual, where most companies now use CNC (computerized numerical control),” says Ruiz.

Screws require refurbishing when the screw’s outer diameter wears out. When the screw wears to a certain extent, it loses pressure causing production to go down. Using an age-old refurbishment process, Duralloy first removes the worn outer diameter of the screw. Next, the screw is re-welded in a 500 degree welding machine with a wear resistant, cobalt and nickel based bi-metallic alloy. Then, the screw is wrapped, cooled, straightened, re-grinded and polished. The refurbishing process is one to two weeks for one 14 inch diameter screw. Welding alone can take up to 16 hours.

Just to name a few, Duralloy’s customers include Nestle, Campbell’s Soup, General Mills and Mom Brands. In addition, Duralloy exports its screws to resellers worldwide, including Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

While Ruiz is proud of the company’s manual processes, he eventually plans to incorporate automated machines to increase Duralloy’s productivity and capacity.

For more information about Duralloy Screws Inc., visit www.duralloyscrews.com.