On Monday, I got to tour the Dillon Precision factory in Scottsdale, AZ. Dillon Precision makes reloading equipment, particularly progressive presses. With the exception of one part, everything is made in the United States. The company has about 80 employees and is one of four companies under the Dillon umbrella.
Their biggest market is progressive presses. They can turn out around 60-80 in a day, but during the peak demand at the beginning of last year, they were pulling 120-130 presses a day.
In addition to presses, Dillon Precision also makes tumblers for polishing brass:
The presses are assembled as they flow through the workbenches. There are no employees at the benches right this second- they all went to lunch, which gave me a chance to take pictures.
For decrimping military brass:
Staying organized is a big deal in an assembly plant. Parts are sorted into bins so that a worker can just pick up the part he needs- be it springs, or bushings or roll pins or whatever.
The engineering section is where the process is optimized. It is also where quality control is tested.
Presses ready to ship:
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. You too can go on a plant tour, if you are in Scottsdale.