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Employee Profiles - Broaching Machine Specialties

ROYCE A TAAVOLA

  • Position: Hydraulic Technician/Machine Builder
  • BMS Team Member Since 1990

As the second generation of Taavolas at BMS, Royce has been around the broaching industry for most of his life but officially joined the BMS team in 1991. Having excelled in machinists skills in middle and high school he knew early on that a career in manufacturing was his calling.

Royce joined BMS at the age of 18 as part of our used machine teardown department. In this department he disassembled broaching machines of all types and learned, hands-on, about their construction and function.

Having learned all about taking broaching machines apart, the logical next step for Royce was to the machine assembly department where he would learn how to put them back together. As part of BMS's expert mechanical department, Royce learned how to assemble machine ways and slides to closer fits and tolerances than when they were new, an attribute of all machines remanufactured by BMS.

Although Royce excelled in the mechanical department, his dream of being a metal craftsman was not completely satisfied. At his request, he was moved to the hydraulic department where he learned about all types of hydraulic systems and components and was able to better utilize his skills as a welder, tube bender, machinist and custom fabricator. On a given day at BMS it is not uncommon to find Royce singing or whistling while he works a sure sign that he is doing something he loves and that love shows in the work that he puts out.

Of particular note are Royce's skills as a hydraulics troubleshooter. Royce is able to diagnose and repair hydraulic issues with any component from any manufacturer including Oilgear, Vickers, and Parker to name a few. He has been known to accurately diagnose and repair problems that technicians from the hydraulic OEM's themselves were not able to repair. His skills as a problem solver make Royce an excellent in field service technician and contribute to BMS's outstanding ability to diagnose and repair broaching machines throughout the world.