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Star Precision Technologies Names New Director of Manufacturing Operations

Cleveland, OH: April 30, 2019. For Immediate Release

Michael Rappach has joined Star Precision Technologies, a subsidiary of Alloy Bellows, as director of manufacturing operations.

With over 20 years of precision manufacturing experience in both the medical device and aerospace industries, Rappach has developed a deep knowledge of advanced CNC manufacturing techniques. He has designed and built manufacturing facilities, including “lights out” plants, for modern CNC production. These efforts included the first additively manufactured acetabular cup, as well as numerous 510(k) medical devices submissions.

Rappach’s previous experience includes serving in executive roles at both Innovative Medical and Structure Medical before establishing Live5CNC, a consulting company focused on 5-axis, mill-turn and swiss programming.

Rappach’s plan is to transition the company from a contract machine shop to a state-of-the-art complex parts manufacturer. The modernization will align Star with Industry 4.0. By implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) approach, the Star team will promote both efficiency and transparency as it allows customers to “see” their orders at every stage of the manufacturing process in real time.

“The growth and success of Star will not come down to the efforts of any one person; it will be the result of exceptional people coming together as a team, embracing and mastering the latest in manufacturing technology to ensure on-time delivery of the highest quality products every time,” according to Rappach.

“Michael Rappach has been an excellent addition to our senior team,” said Michael Canty, President & CEO of Alloy Bellows, which owns Star Precision Technologies.  “We have high confidence in his ability to significantly raise the bar in taking Star Precision Technologies to new levels of technology, innovation, and manufacturing.”

Media Contact:
Kim Rehmer
440.684.3000 ext. 115


Star Sponsors AWT Robotics Competition

Cleveland, OH: April 29, 2019. For Immediate Release

Volunteers from Star Precision Technologies and parent company Alloy Bellows and Precision Welding were last week among the thousands of supporters and participants who made Northeast Ohio’s largest annual high school combat robotics competition a success for the ninth year in a row.

The Alliance for Working Together’s (AWT’s) April 29 “RoboBots” event, sponsored by area manufacturing firms like Star and hosted by Lakeland Community College, was held in the Athletic & Fitness Center at the college’s main campus in Kirtland.

Both high school and middle school robotics teams competed with the help of the area’s manufacturing companies. The firms support the schools’ efforts through both financial contributions and mentoring of individual teams.

Students began building months in advance in order to get their bots combat ready. “They started working on them last fall,” said Alice Cable, executive director of the AWT Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote manufacturing careers through activities like the RoboBots competition.

Spectators cheered on their favorite schools, bots, and companies as Ashtabula Technical School this year beat Beaumont High School in the high school competition. A team from Kenston Middle School edged out a team from St. Gabriel Middle School in the Junior Bots middle school competition.

AWT’s mission is to promote rewarding careers in manufacturing. As Ohio’s largest economic sector, manufacturing sustains 700,000 jobs and contributes 17% of the state’s $650 million GDP.

RoboBots introduces kids to manufacturing processes, giving them the opportunity to design, engineer, machine, assemble, and program their own robots.

Numerous area teams have competed in a double-elimination style tournament for the past nine years in a row, and the participation numbers have been growing every year. The 2019 event featured over 50 teams, 3,000 spectators, 45 volunteers and two dozen corporate sponsors.

Media Contact:
Kim Rehmer
440.684.3000 ext. 115