“We enable our customers to make
superior quality, competitive products
by efficiently providing them with
engineered, close tolerance parts on
time, and in fast and responsive ways.”
Our employees are first and foremost dedicated to serve requirements by making an unfailing
commitment to maintain continuous improvements in every aspect of the management of our
We will be faithful to the concept of teamwork. We will encourage strong interpersonal
relationships striving for mutual trust and respect. This will be fostered by a system for quality
requiring interdependent cross-functional teams and a spirit of cooperation advanced through cross
training, continuous education and a commitment to lean manufacturing principles.
We will encourage an inclusive, family oriented management philosophy by sponsoring or
supporting activities outside the workplace for both social and charitable causes.
An open, flexible management philosophy based on personal integrity will provide opportunities for
all employees to participate in fulfilling our short and long-term strategic objectives. Through this
participative management process, it is the expectation of the company, and the responsibility of all
employees to become fully engaged in the process evolving KomTeK Technologies into a world-
class supplier of highly engineered investment castings and closed-die forgings.
We are a company that builds and maintains relationships with people and companies who
demonstrate an equal commitment to our values. Partnership and strategic alliances with customers
and suppliers are another cornerstone of our corporate strategic path.
Employees are to be treated and compensated fairly and with respect. The company will strive to
provide opportunities for all employees to achieve personal growth through continuous education.
By providing outstanding, competitive services and products to our customers, we will generate the
necessary profits to perpetuate growth, improve wages and benefits, and provide an appropriate
return on investment.
At the time Paul Kervick acquired the assets of H.E. Holbrook Drop Forge (HDF) from Harrison
Holbrook, Jr. in 1968, the company had 38 employees and sales and revenues of approximately
$950,000 a year in carbon, low alloy, and stainless steel forgings to New England manufacturers.
In 1979 the company doubled its’ forging capacity by building a state of the art facility that met or
exceeded all environmental standards for hydrocarbon emissions, noise pollution, vibration
abatement, and ventilation for heat stress.
KomTeK also incorporated CNC programmable Banning hammers for manufacturing high
temperature, super alloys. As a result, KomTeK was the first domestic forge shop to manufacture
cobalt-chrome hip prosthetics.
KomTeK broke new ground again by acquiring an investment casting research and development
facility called Alloys Research Inc. in 1981. The facility was relocated from Bristol, N.H. to
Worcester in 1984 and integrated into a new 24,000 Square foot facility that included a new tool
and die shop.
The company added a new 100 pound vacuum furnace to expand its’ casting capabilities in 1999.
This investment allows KomTeK to produce larger equiax vacuum grades of nickel and cobalt
From 1999 to 2001 KomTeK introduced two hybrid proprietary technologies, ComTech Castings®
and KomTeK MMC®.
Since the Kervick family acquisition; KomTeK Technologies has continuously transformed itself
into a respected global producer of highly engineered boutique products for aerospace, medical,
commercial petrochemical, and nuclear markets through strategic investments in equipment and
material science, its facilities and lean manufacturing practices.
Specializes in highly engineered, small, complex components manufactured to tight
Produces forgings of up to 30 pounds and investment castings up to 115 lbs. (vacuum) &
50 lbs. (roll over furnaces)
First domestic forge facility to produce Cobalt-Chrome hip prosthesis starting in 1979.
Proprietary processes include Comtech Casting® process, a hybrid processing technique
that combines investment casting and closed-die forging technologies.
Maintains a state-of-the-art 97,000 square foot manufacturing facility (ISO 9001, AS
9100 REV B and NADCAP certified) located in Worcester, MA.
Utilizes Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing
STRATEGIC PLANNING INITIATIVES
Built on KomTeK Core Competencies
Invest in innovative process and product development technologies.
Implement lean manufacturing to support investments in flexible, rapid
response production equipment.
Focus on specific worldwide markets that require close tolerance, high
quality forged, cast and machined components with high expectations for
Develop unique opportunities through joint ventures, strategic alliances
and close cooperation with customers, suppliers and service providers.
Expand KomTeK capabilities to meet the needs of a demanding
Robert B. Kervick
President & CEO
35 years in manufacturing
Babson College: BS Management and Marketing
Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
Trustee- Forging Industry Educational and Research
President- Fastcast Consortium with Sandia National Labs
Director- Associated Industries Of Massachusetts
Director- Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership
Board Member, COO/CFO
Northeastern University: MBA Finance
Northeastern University: BA Marketing and Finance
Certified Public Accountant, Massachusetts
35 Years in various manufacturing, distribution and service
President/CEO/COO/CFO & Partner with primary focus on:
Business process improvement
Cash flow and asset management
Information Systems and Knowledge Management
Chicago Blackhawks property- 1972
Member of 1972 U.S. Silver Medal Hockey Team
Captain- Northeastern University Hockey Team
Board Member & Treasury
Assumption College: BS Management
Worcester Polytechnical Institute:
Graduate of the School of Industrial Management
34 years as Office Manager, Assistant to the
President, Cash Management & Treasurer
Office: 508-853-4500 (ext 410)
Robert McQuade Arther Briggs
Plant Manager of Castings and Plant Manager of Forgings
Director of Lean Manufacturing
25 years related casting and forging
experience 30 plus years as hammer operator, Forge
Shop Supervisor, Master Scheduler &
Education: Manager of Outside Services
Worcester Polytechnic Institute School of
Apollo Root Cause Analysis Education:
United States Marine Corps Leadership
School American University
Lean Manufacturing Champion $ Training
Contact Information: Contact Information:
Office: 508-853-4500 (ext 404) Office: 508-853-4500 (ext.442)
Email: mcquadeb@KomTeKTech.com Email: BriggsA@KomTeKTech.com
KomTeK Technologies’ casting facility began operation in 1984,
specializing in the production of nickel and cobalt-based air-melt super
alloys. This facility has developed an exceptional reputation and technical
expertise in the aerospace and medical prosthetic device markets.
The manufacturing process is very closely controlled to achieve
• Temperature and humidity are maintained within 3% in the wax, shell
and drying departments.
•CAD and solidification software are used in pre-manufacturing
•To guarantee consistency between heats, only one heat per shell is cast at
•We focus on exceptionally high yield per pour instead of maximizing
pounds cast per hour.
The coordination of these efforts coupled with SPC and CMM guarantee
the highest degree of dimensional and metallurgical uniformity part to part.
KomTeK Technologies’ environmentally approved forging facility
(formerly Holbrook Forge Inc.) features direct spring-mounted
Banning programmable air hammers to produce close tolerance
stainless, aluminum, high temperature, titanium, nickel and cobalt
based alloy forgings. Sizes ranging in size from ounces to 30 pounds.
KomTeK Technologies is a non-incentive based facility with 90+
employees that can efficiently produce order quantities ranging from
25 pieces to more than 100,000 pieces. Through the use of SPC,
coordinate measuring and proper equipment maintenance, we
consistently meet our quality objectives.
Forgings produced by KomTeK Technologies are used in many diverse
applications such as blades & vanes (gas turbine engines); high
pressure stainless fittings & valves (petrochemical and semiconductor
industries); and hip prosthetics used in total hip replacements.
•Carbon & Alloy Steels
•Nickel & Cobalt Base Alloys: Monel, Hastalloys, Waspaloy, Inconels
•Stainless Steel: 300 series, 400 series, 17-4 PH, 15-5 PH, 13-8 PH, A-286
•Aluminum: 2014, 6061, 7075
•Titanium: 6-4, 604 ELI, 6-2-4-2, 8-1-1, CP
•Turbine Blades/ Vanes
•Prosthetic Hip Implants
•High Pressure Valves
•Fuel Nozzles, Spray Bars, other Turbine Components
•Parachute and Military Cargo Hardware
•(4) Programmable Banning Air Hammers
Programmable blow sequences removing operator variability
Consistent blow characteristics
Accurate impact values
•(14) Closed Die Forging Hammers
•(1) 300 ton Extrusion Press
•(22) Presses from 75 ton- 150 ton
The Comtech Casting® process is a hybrid processing technique that
combines the technologies of investment casting and close-die forging. The
end result is a product with forge quality strength and ductility. The
finished product is identical to forgings derived from mill wrought raw
material. This invention mimics the process used by bar mills to roll ingots
into bar. Due to this innovation, KomTeK Technologies is able to offer
forged products at significantly reduced prices by bypassing the value
added processes incurred by specialty mills to reduce tons of material into
small diameter bars.
The data presented here reflects results achieved for both the Comtech
Casting and KomTeK MMC (metal matrix composite) hybrid forging
technologies. These technologies also allow for the "customizing" of alloys
for specific applications.
The processes represented by this data are applicable to many different
alloys and markets applications. The advantages of these hybrid
technologies are reduced cost and shorter lead-times.
This information is representative of cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy high-strength
cobalt- chromium- high-
forgings for hip prosthesis. The material is comparable to Specification ASTM-F75 and
F-799. The reported properties are an average of all independent laboratory testing and
represents a minimum of 500 tests.
Significance and Use
The purpose of this information is to identify a low cost alternative to forged CoCrMo
The data in Table's I through 4 compares the results of the Comtech Casting to the
requirements of ASTM-F75 and F799. Grain sizes are a minimum of five or finer.
The Comtech Casting is currently the only alternative to a traditional forged product from
wrought material. The reported tensile strengths are comparable with the minimum
requirements of the wrought and forged specifications ASTM-F1537 and F799. The
resulting microstructure is far superior in both carbide distribution and grain size. These
results were achieved without incorporating hot isostatic pressing or solution annealing.
Rotating Fatigue Testing
Rotating fatigue cycles average consistently as high as 12 million cycles at 112 KSI.
This information is representative of 22-13-5 stainless steel with 15% AL2O3 content by
volume. The material is comparable to ASTM- F1314 (Hot Work). The reported
properties are random samples from two process lots.
Significance and Use
The purpose of this information is to identify a significant improvement to standard 22-
13-5 SS in strength and wear resistance and an alternative to forged 316LSS and F-75
13- forged F-
The graphs of physical data compare the results of the 22-13-5 MMC to 22-13-5 forged
22- 13- 22- 13-
product and 316L forged product tested to ASTM A 360 and ASTM F1314
Microstructure data is reported for informational purposes. Corrosion testing to ASTM-
The 22-13-5 MMC is a viable alternative to many cast and forged products currently
22- 13- currently
being manufactured. This material offers strength, corrosion resistance and wear
resistance comparable to materials of much higher cost.
This information is representative of 316L stainless steel with 10% Al2O3 content by
volume. The material is comparable to ASTM- A182 316 SS . The reported properties are
random samples from two process lots.
Significance and Use
The purpose of this information is to identify a significant improvement to standard 316
SS in strength and wear resistance.
The graphs of physical data compare the results of the 316 MMC to the forged product
tested to ASTM- A182 and QQ-S-763.
ASTM - QQ -
Microstructure data is reported for informational purposes. Corrosion testing to ASTM-
The 316 MMC is a viable alternative to many cast and forged products currently being
manufactured. This material offers strength, corrosion resistance and wear resistance
comparable to materials of much higher cost.
The Environmental system starts with approval procedures for all new materials entering
our facility. The company maintains a database for all approved materials and requires the
approval of Safety, Engineering, and department supervisors for use of any new product.
These steps are taken to insure the safety of our employees and compliance to State and
We recognize the cost and liability of toxic chemicals and are committed to their reduction
or elimination whenever possible. The company has received the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts Governors Award for our efforts in toxic use reductions.
As a company we encourage toxic use reduction and promote it as part of our continuous
process improvement and waste minimization efforts.
The hazardous materials handling, storage and disposal is done in a manner to meet or
exceed all state and federal regulations. KomTeK monitors its wastewater holding tank with
the help of warning alarms. Procedures are in place to shut down processes to prevent
Scrap metals generated by forging and investment castings processes are placed in properly
marked containers for resale. Production parts deemed scrap are disfigured before
discarding and placed in proper scrap containers.
Manual System - K9000 (AS 9100 Rev. B/ISO 9001-2000)
• Management Responsibility (Ref. Map 5 Quality System Manual K 9000)
Document Control (Ref. Map 4 Quality System Manual K 9000)
• Resource Management (Ref. Map 6 Quality System Manual K 9000)
• Product Realization (Ref. Map 7 Quality System Manual K 9000)
Quote Review ( Ref. SOTOWAR)
Manufacturing Process Identification & Traceability
Product Handling & Preservation
Control of Measuring Devices
• Measurement Analysis & Improvement (Ref. Map 8 Quality System Manual K 9000)
Product inspection & Testing
First Article Inspection
Control of Nonconformity
Aerospace/Missile Petrochemical & Nuclear
•Edo Corporation •Hoke Inc. (Watts Industries)
•General Electric Company •Marotta Scientific Controls
•Parker Hannifin •Parker Hannifin Fluid Controls
•Pratt & Whitney
Land Based Gas Turbines BIO-MEDICAL
•Siemans Westinghouse •Zimmer