4 keyseater took up to 20 minutes per cut," Jason Morris, Kim's son, said.
With the keyseater invented by his father, the shop now cuts the same type of key in a minute.
The scrubbing action of a standard keyseater broach heats the workpiece, causing it to workharden.
With the development of the CNC-con-trolled keyseater, Morris Welding--MWI--has the capability to do more jobs.
Kim and Jason soon saw that the keyseater system was marketable as well.
But, the Morrises see the keyseater system as a important component in their future business.
They showed the keyseater at EASTEC 2007 and found it turned heads.
For Morris Welding, changing a broach ate shop time and the cost of a new one could be as much as $300; both lost time and new tool costs made work with traditional keyseaters unprofitable.