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THE COMMITMENT CONTINUES – Quality Assurance & Quality Control

The most stringent quality control/quality assurance in O&G threading, machining and manufacturing


K&B’s commitment to quality control/quality assurance is demonstrated by the fact that 25% of our workforce is dedicated to quality assurance and quality control – and supported by the best metrology equipment and processes in the business.

For our valued customers, this means a reliable supply of quality machined parts and threaded tubulars on a consistent, quality-assured basis.  We understand the exacting nature of your products, and our quality processes underscore that understanding. Our people, processes and products are your proof of a job well done.

O&G Certifications

  • ISO 9001
  • API Specification Q1
  • API Specification 5CT
  • API Specification 7-1
  • API Specification 6A

Quality Processes and Equipment
Our quality control teams are involved in all aspects of every order:  receiving inspection, in-process inspection, final inspection and product release. As a result, O&G customers can be confident that the product they ordered will be the product they receive, manufactured to the accuracy and quality levels they require.

K&B has made significant investments in processes and precision measurement equipment as part of our multi-faceted approach to quality production, including meeting the highest standards. K&B measurement and testing assest include:

  • FARO Arm
  • Brown & Sharp CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine)
  • Stringent In-House Calibration Processes
  • Supported by Comprehensive Outsourced Calibration

For more information about our quality assurance and quality control programs, visit K&B Industries at www.kb-industries.com, or call 985-868-6730.

THE COMMITMENT CONTINUES – Customer Inventory Services

Customer Inventory Services for the Oil & Gas Market

K&B is committed to enhancing our customers’ supply chain efficiencies with comprehensive Customer Inventory Services for the Oil & Gas market.  With expansive tubular goods storage, threading services, inspections, repairs, manufacturing, assembly, testing, and other custom services, K&B Customer Inventory Services can handle it all on site.

Our Customer Inventory Services provide services that enable companies to reduce costs, create logistical savings, and plan for more efficient supply chain operations:

  • Safe and secure concrete storage areas including covered storage facilities
  • 100% documented dimensional inspection services
  • Regauge and NDE inspections
  • Threading and thread repair
  • Shipping to your desired destination
  • Reclamation and inspection services for rig returns
  • Real-time status checks
  • Detailed inventory and reconciliation reports
  • Advanced systems and processes
  • Custom services

With two locations, K&B offers one high standard of service that the Oil & Gas market can rely on for value-added Customer Inventory Services. With our own dedicated transportation fleet – and relationships with specialized third-party transport providers – we offer ready access to any point in North America, and all deepwater ports on the Gulf Coast, to get your products where they need to be, on time and on budget.

Advantages of K&B Customer Inventory Services

Cost savings. No need to invest in additional real estate for your inventory or extra inventory management personnel. We store it, inspect it, ship it, and provide complete quality reporting, 24/7.

Time savings. We can generate customized, real time, expedited status reports on your inventory where and when you need them, so you don’t have to.

Reliability. K&B Customer Inventory Services offers security, safety, and peace-of-mind, which means it’s one less thing for you to worry about.

For a detailed plan on how K&B can help you better manage your inventory, contact us by calling 985-868-6730 or by emailing info@KB-Industries.com.

THE COMMITMENT CONTINUES – Premium Threading Services

Premium Threading Services for Oil & Gas

K&B Industries continues its investment in new equipment, technologies, facilities, and services – including expanded threading and tubular goods services – to better serve the on-land and offshore Oil & Gas markets.

  • The Only Supplier of All Premium Threading Licenses
  • 100% Concrete OCTG Storage Yards
  • OCTG Customer Information System
  • API Licensed Manufacturing
  • Customized Customer Inventory Services
  • Stocking Programs for Customer Products
  • Extensive Machining Services, Including 5-Axis Machining

K&B Industries offers the widest catalog of premium threading licenses, along with an extensive range of threading services, engineering, manufacturing and machining. Our comprehensive Customer Inventory Services program offers strategic operational advantages, allowing customers to coordinate manufacturing, inventory, and logistics for maximum efficiencies. Strategically located to serve domestic and international markets, we maintain expansive facilities in Houma, Louisiana and Houston, Texas.

The Plus Factor
+ Full-Length Threading
+ Tubular Services + Accessories
+ Welding + Fabrication
+ Manufacturing Services
+ Customer Inventory Services

THE COMMITMENT CONTINUES – 5-Axis Machining

We’ve expanded our 5-axis machine line up to deliver more precision, speed and capacity.

As part of our three-year investment in new facilities, technologies, and equipment, K&B Industries has added more 5-axis machines, providing additional precision, speed and capacity in meeting many machining requirements.

5-axis machining offers some important advantages for K&B customers.

Complex parts can be machined from solid materials, instead of cast materials.
For prototypes and small runs, the result is higher quality parts, along with faster turnaround times (typically one or two weeks instead of up to two months for castings).

Complex shapes can be machined in a single set-up.
The result is greater machining productivity, reducing the time and cost of preparing fixtures.

Longer tool life and higher quality surface finishing.
The use of shorter cutting tools in 5-axis machining results in higher cutting speeds and reduced tool vibration compared to three-axis machining. This yields longer tool life, along with higher quality surface finishing, reducing or eliminating the need for hand finishing.

The drilling of holes is faster, simpler and more accurate.
With 5-axis machining, the drilling of holes is also faster, simpler and more accurate, since it allows the head to be oriented along the correct axis automatically for each hole.

At K&B Industries, we are committed to continued expansion of our products and services to better meet the needs of our customers in the energy and aerospace industries.

OUR COMMITMENT TO THE MARKET

New facilities, new technology, new equipment.
Still more premium threading licenses than anyone.

Over the past three years, K&B Industries has made unprecedented investments in new facilities, technologies, and equipment for our oil and gas clients. The result is even more reliable manufacturing, machining, and premium threading capabilities, as well as the most efficient Customer Inventory Services in the industry.

Today, we continue to offer more premium threading licenses than anyone – along with more advanced technologies, equipment, and facilities to better serve you.

With our continuing investments in technology, equipment and facilities, K&B Industries offers premium threading and tubular services, along with extensive engineering, manufacturing and machining, for customers in the energy, aerospace and industrial markets. Our Customer Inventory Services program offers strategic operational advantages to customers who wish to coordinate manufacturing, inventory, and logistics for maximum efficiencies. We are strategically located to serve domestic and international markets, we maintain expansive facilities in Houma, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas.

Count on K&B Industries to deliver the best in:

  • Full-Length Threading
  • Tubular Services + Accessories
  • Welding + Fabrication
  • Manufacturing Services
  • Customer Inventory Services

K&B is a leader in threading and machining for the Oil & Gas industry:

  • Leading OCTG and Accessory Threading Facility
  • 100% Concrete OCTG Storage Yards
  • OCTG Customer Information System
  • API Licensed Manufacturing
  • Stocking Programs for Customer Products
  • Extensive Machining Services Including 5-Axis Machining

K&B industries Invests in New, State-of-the-Art, 5-Axis Machining Center

July 15, 2015, (Houma, Louisiana) – K&B Industries has expanded its machining capabilities with the purchase of a DMC U/FD 125 duoBLOCK® Series 5-Axis machining center. With the addition of this advanced, state-of-the-art equipment, K&B will be able to perform even the most complex and detailed machining processes found in aerospace, automotive, energy equipment, and general manufacturing.

The DMC U/FD 125 duoBLOCK Series – a third generation duoBLOCK model – provides the capabilities of 4 machines from a single set up. This means the duoBLOCK can operate as a vertical turret lathe, a horizontal lathe, a horizontal mill, or a vertical mill.

Offering high repeatability and 20% greater flexibility than previous models, the DMC 125 duoBLOCK can machine and deliver both simple and high-tech parts economically, efficiently, and with exceptional precision.

This machine can handle parts with dimensions up to 49.2” in diameter and 63” tall, weighing up to 5.500 lbs.

 Stated Kenny Wood Jr., President of K&B Industries, “By adding this cutting-edge machining center to our new, 200,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, we’re demonstrating our commitment to our customers’ evolving needs and fast-paced schedules. We always aim to exceed expectations, and this is just another way we’re accomplishing that goal.”

 

About K&B industries
K&B Industries is one of the most trusted names in oil and gas manufacturing. With facilities strategically located in Houston, Texas, Houma, Louisiana, and Montoursville, Pennsylvania, the company offers advanced computer-controlled manufacturing, real-world engineering expertise, and skilled master craftsmen, working together to build on the company’s reputation for superior quality and friendly, responsive customer service; what is known as The Plus Factor. To better serve its customer base, K&B is organized into five divisions: full-length threading, tubular accessories, welding and fabrication, manufacturing, and customer inventory control.

 

For more information, contact:

Whitney Bouterie
K&B Industries
Direct: 985-857-3076
Email: wbouterie@kb-industries.com

K&B INDUSTRIES COMPLETES NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY TO BETTER SERVE GROWING CUSTOMER BASE

K&B Industries has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Houma, Louisiana. This new facility was built in direct response to the rapid rate of growth the company has experienced over the past decade, and was designed specifically to accommodate K&B’s daily operations, optimizing efficiency, quality, and safety.

Featuring more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing and premium threading space organized for optimal access, the new facility houses over 60 mills, lathes, and 5-axis machines. Also on site are the UNISIG Deep Hole Drilling and Sunnen Honing machines, considered best-in-class for centerline-drilled holes customized to individual pipe specifications.

Stated Kenny Wood, Jr., President of K&B Industries, “All of us at K&B have worked very hard to make this new facility a reality. We’re already seeing improvements in lead times and process efficiencies – our customers have indicated that this will help their operations immensely.”
In addition to full-length premium threading, K&B will continue to offer a wide range of services and capabilities. These include manufacturing of tubular accessories, welding and fabrication, engineering services, and customer inventory services. The current East Houma location remains in operation, housing additional full-length threading of casing and tubing, as well as manufacturing of coupling.

ABOUT K&B INDUSTRIES

K&B Industries has a 40-year history of serving oilfield companies with a broad range of manufacturing services, a superior level of skill and craftsmanship, and the most advanced technology. It’s this ability to offer more – a unique, customer-centric approach to manufacturing services – that has earned K&B a reputation of providing The Plus Factor™. K&B serves as a single-source solution for the most recognized oil and gas companies in the world, with headquarters in Schriever, Louisiana (Houma), as well as locations in Houston, Texas, and Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

K&B Machine Works Celebrates 40 Years of Service with Updated Image, New Facilities

K&B Machine Works is introducing a new corporate identity beginning in January, 2014, coinciding with the company’s 40th anniversary celebration. The company has also announced its new name, which will be K&B Industries beginning January 1, 2014. To go along with the new, updated name, a fresh corporate identity has been developed. The centerpiece of this new image is a redesigned logo, developed to effectively represent K&B’s high standards for quality work and superior customer service, as well as for its forward-thinking, positive approach to the marketplace.

Said Kenny Wood, Jr., K&B President, “We feel we have worked hard to set the standard for superior workmanship and responsive service, and we want a name and brand image that reflects the overall quality and professionalism of our organization.”

The new name was chosen to reflect the company’s rapid growth and expansion of its scope and capabilities. Added Wood, “The addition of “Industries” to our K&B name more accurately represents our world-class capabilities and service offerings. We are continuing to deliver even greater services to our customers, and we wanted our name to better reflect the scope of what we bring to the marketplace.”

The new logo, an evolution of the company’s current mark, features a much more streamlined and modern graphic treatment of the letters “K” and “B.” A plus (+) sign, used to represent the positive direction of the company in its relationship with the oil and gas industry, replaces the ampersand (&) symbol used in the previous logo. In addition, this plus sign also reflects the equally positive outlook and attitude of the company’s staff, and the value-added level of service and effort provided to the company’s customers every day.

While K&B has long been known throughout the industry as a friendly, approachable source for manufacturing, threading, and fabrication services, the company has grown to the point where its capabilities and technology are world class. While communicating its growth in sophistication and capabilities, K&B will always emphasize a high level of responsiveness and customer-centric operation that is true to its roots as a service company.

According to Wood, “As we approach our fourth decade of operation, the timing is right for a new company image. Given our overall growth as a company, including new facilities opening next summer, the time couldn’t be better to unveil the new K&B brand.” Wood also added, “While we are proud of our growth in scope and capabilities, we remain fully focused on continuing to deliver the best in responsive customer support. We know that service, support, and a customer-first orientation have been key to our success.”

The company is opening a new 200,000 + sq. ft. corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Houma, Louisiana, in summer of 2014. In addition, K&B’s Houston facility will expand to include a large OD line, which is set to open in the spring of 2014.

“Our goal is, and has always been, to be the best at what we do,” stated Mr. Wood. “We need to look the part, too.”

About K&B Machine Works
K&B Machine is one of the most trusted names in oil and gas manufacturing. With facilities strategically located in Houston, Texas, Houma, Louisiana, and Montoursville, Pennsylvania, the company offers advanced computer-controlled manufacturing, real-world engineering expertise, and skilled master craftsmen, working together to build on the company’s reputation for superior quality and friendly, responsive customer service. To better serve its customer base, K&B is organized into five divisions: full-length threading, tubular accessories, welding and fabrication, manufacturing, and customer inventory control.