Orbit Industries was founded in 1965 by James Clemons and a group of NDT experts with a commitment to excellence in Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle, Liquid Penetrant, and Radiographic inspection techniques. The company operated out of two facilities in greater Cleveland until 1974 when they consolidated the two facilities, eliminated the Radiographic department, and moved the operations to Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
In 1979, the company was purchased by Robert Smetana, Dan Druso, and our current CEO, John Alexandrovic. Business expanded rapidly and the company outgrew its Middleburg Heights facility. A new building was added nearby in 1982. Operating from two locations, though only a few hundred yards apart, proved to be too cumbersome. An addition to the building at 6840 Lake Abram Drive was added in 1985 to increase the facility to its current size of 70,000 square feet; thus consolidating all operations under one roof. In 1992, Robert Smetana divested his ownership of the company through the sale of his interests to his daughters, Mary and Therese Smetana, and John Alexandrovic. John Alexandrovic assumed the title of President of the company at that time. In July of 2001, John Alexandrovic led a buyout of the Smetana family interests and continued in his role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Robert Aleksandrovic rejoined Orbit Industries in 2002 as an owner and its Chief Operating Officer.
Since 2002, Orbit has been aggressively investing in our number one capital, our people. Through consistent training and coaching we are cultivating what we believe is the finest Nondestructive Testing workforce in the industry. The expertise of our personnel can largely be attributed to our commitment to continuous improvement and willingness to challenge ourselves monthly in all facets of professional development.
Our customer focus has been simple; work to derive the supply chain needs of our customer base and execute testing solutions that provide the best quality, lead time, and price. Through our customer engagement, Orbit is fostering partnerships and relationships that cross traditional manufacturing barriers and will sustain our organization for future generations. We are built on a foundation of integrity, quality and excellence in customer service. It is this foundation that ensures our customers of today and tomorrow that they can “Send it into Orbit” with total confidence.
Orbit Industries is established on June 1st, 1965. The original building, at 3841 Ridge Road, was 5,000 square feet for all operations.
Eight founding members:
A second building was purchased, at 3530 Ridge Road in Brooklyn, Ohio. This 7,000 square foot building housed the Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant departments, while Radiography and Ultrasonic testing were still being done in the original 5,000 square foot facility.
During 1967 through 1970, Orbit started gaining major Prime Approvals in Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant. This was largely facilitated by the company's strong relationship with Cleveland Pneumatic Company.
Radiography services were relocated to a customer facility. Subsequently, the Ultrasonic department was moved to the 7,000 square foot facility.
Walt Skerich and Joe Kokish took ownership of all Radiography, Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant operations being conducted off-site in exchange for shares of Orbit.
In this same year, Gary and Georgia Brandon left the company, leaving James Clemons, Glen Pont, Al Ruprecht, and Robert Smetana as owners. It was at this time that the customer base began diversifying by adding commercial and nuclear business.
Glen Pont left the business, leaving James Clemons, Bob Smetana, and Al Ruprecht as owners.
First building in Middleburg Heights built - 20,000 square feet
Automated wheel inspection system is installed for Alcoa work
Increase in nuclear tube business
Built 2,000 square foot addition to the Middleburg Heights facility
Added gridning of forgings for Sifco and other customers
Bob Smetana bought out James Clemons, leaving Bob and Al Ruprecht as sole owners.
John Alexandrovic and Dan Druso purchase 50% of Al Ruprecht's company shares.
A 2nd building in Middleburg Heights was constructed - 30,000 square feet
The 22,000 square foot building continued to house Ultrasonic plate inspection and Liquid Penetrant Automotive inspection.
All other operations were moved to the new building
Al Ruprecht retires, leaving Bob Smetana, John Alexandrovic, and Dan Druso as shareholders.
Dan Druso leaves Orbit. John Alexandrovic and Bob Smetana assume sole ownership.
A 40,000 square foot addition was added to the newer building in Middleburg Heights.
The 22,000 square foot building is sold, consolidating all operations under one roof at
6840 Lake Abram Drive, Middleburg Heights 44130
Bob Smetana distributes Dan Druso's shares to his daughter, Therese Smetana and converts Orbit Industries to a Subchapter S Corporation.
Orbit becomes the first NDT facility to obtain 3rd party accredidation through Nadcap in Ultrasonic, Liquid Penetrant, and Magnetic Particle
Bob Smetana retires, selling Orbit to John Alexandrovic, Mary Smetana and Therese Smetana
Bob Smetana is retained as a consultant, as part of the buyout
Orbit adds a Final inspection department to be utilized for Alcoa work.
Orbit begins a relationship with Alcoa centered around aluminum forgings for the automotive sector, specificially for Mercedes.
Orbit begins to implement OPuS (Orbit Production Systems) based on the principals of the Toyota Production System
Critical data starts to be collected to utilize data based decision making and customer analysis tools that enhance our ability to predict, gauge, and improve all aspects of customer service
Orbit assists Alcoa in the development of their Kentucky Casting Center for the transfer of the Mercedes automotive program to that facility
John Alexandrovic leads a buyout of Mary and Therese Smetana
Paul Michael Ward and Robert Jakovich are brought on board as owners
Causting Etch services are added into Orbit's processing portfolio for aluminum forgings
Orbit initiates the use of the Quality Rating System which tracks internal work order issues (mistakes), corrected certifications requested by our customers, and corrective actions
Sustained dedication to the Orbit Production System (OPuS) occurs
Robert Aleksandrovic rejoins Orbit as Cheif Operating Office and Owner
Orbit establishes OrbitNDT-MD in Baltimore, Maryland in a partnership with Alcoa Extruded Products to provide on-site independent Ultrasonic services.
OrbitNDT-MD operates as a fully accredited lab with Nadcap and Prime qualifications
The partnership continues until 2012, with OrbitNDT-MD delivering significant results
Orbit joins the Nadcap NDT Task Group and Supplier Support Comittee as a voting member
Orbit purchases the building adjacent to the Middleburg Heights location, adding an additional 70,000 square feet of operating space.
The property was eventually sold in 2008
Business planning begins with Eagle Tool to implement Shot Peening as part of Orbit's services
Orbit implements an automated plate system in Middleburg Heights, OH
Orbit assists in a large investigation into suspect parts on planes. Our Quality Management System was a vital tool in determining the sequence of events and the subsequent Root Cause for the Prime.
Orbit establishes Ultrasonic testing operations in North Carolina, which continue until mid-2008.
Orbit advances our role in the Nadcap Supplier Support Committe, begining in 2008. As of 2015, Orbit holds the position of Sub Team Lead for Task Group Representatives.
Orbit begins to venture into emerging technology with the development of ESP (Electronic Surface Profiling), easing into NDT Technology Development.
Significant focus is placed on securing our critical customer base, most of which have been with Orbit since the company's inception in 1965.
Orbit discontinues all Caustic Etching capabilities
Pursuit of Shot Peening with Eagle Tool is suspended. Orbit continues to pursue adding Shot Peening services by seeking partnership opportunities with Shot Peening companies.
Creation of Bonus Triangle. This internal system is an employee incentive program that connects Orbit's performance data in Safety, Quality, and Profability. It has been utilized once per quarter since 2009.
Orbit Industries establishes OrbitNDT-PA, new operations in Titusville, PA. This location is in a partnership with Electralloy, functioning as a full independent NDT labratory within Electralloy's facility. It is designed to service Electralloy's Ultrasonic needs, as well as those of all other Ultrasonic customers and Primes.
Orbit is approached by Alcoa to purchase OrbitNDT-MD and its Ultrasonic services, finalizing the sale in 2012. Orbit assisted Alcoa during an 8 month transistion period so that Alcoa may sustain delivery of product during the transition.
First succesful field inspection utilizing the new ESP (Electronic Surface Profiling) technology is completed on critical press components.
Orbit begins an extensive relationship with Universal Stainless and Alloy, serving as their Level III of Record and implementing independent Ultrasonic operations in their North Jackson facility.
Orbit and National Peening (SINTO) develop a working agreement on developing Shot Peening operations in Cleveland, OH
OrbitNDT-NJX, Inc. is officially open and operational at Universal Stainless and Alloy’s North Jackson, OH facility as an independent laboratory
Orbit Industries develops an eight step partnering program to incorporate Orbit into multiple customer locations
Orbit become a Nadcap Supplier Voting Member on the Nadcap Management Council
OrbitNDT-PA gains Nadcap approval in Ultrasonic inspection
OrbitNDT-NJX gains Nadcap and Rolls Royce approval in Ultrasonic inspection
Orbit and National Peening(SINTO) open their joint venture in Bedford Heights, OH, combining our companies core competencies in Shot Peening and Nondestructive Testing
19,626,962 parts inspected at Orbit Industries – Middleburg Heights
234,820 customer purchase orders processed
3.4 days average turnaround time on those 234,820 purchase orders
Middleburg Heights Ultrasonic capabilities expand to include C-scan systems for plate and bar stock material
Restructuring of internal NDT Systems at Middleburg Heights to maximize efficiencies and capabilities in our Liquid Penetrant and Magnetic Particle flowpaths
Orbit secures a partnership with Heroux Devtek to supply NDT on components for Heroux’s 777 Landing Gear contract with Boeing, through our Bedford Heights and Middleburg Heights facilities
Orbit Industries, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of another subsidiary facility, OrbitNDT-DNK in Dunkirk, New York. This branch became operational on January 24 , 2017 within the facility of our customer and partner, Dunkirk Specialty Steel (DSS), and will ultimately operate as an independent laboratory at this location. (LINK) The expansion was fueled by the long standing business relationship between Dunkirk and Orbit and is designed to meet the growing needs of DSS for Ultrasonic (UT) bar stock inspection.
The opening of OrbitNDT-DNK allows for a more consistent on-site solution. Current inspection capabilities are UT bar stock inspection of .200” diameter through 2.50” diameter via a Tac Tic system. During 2017, OrbitNDT-DNK is working to gain Nadcap and other significant prime approvals. Development of additional immersion capabilities at this location is planned to meet the growing needs of Dunkirk and be in a position to offer additional inspection capacity to all of Orbit’s vast customer base.