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Industry: Automotive Process: Insert Molding Company Background: The company designs and manufactures keys and, mechanical and electronic locksets for the automotive industry. They have global operations with over 5,000 employees in eleven countries. The company aggressively pursues manufacturing innovation through the use of flexible manufacturing technologies and automation. Challenge: Management wanted to automate elements of their insert molding process. The automation targeted bulk handling, sorting, heating, and placement of 5 different styles of inserts into a plastic...
Industry: Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial, Construction Process: Horizontal Turning Centers, Automation, Lights-out production Company background: For over 100 years Canada Metal (Pacific) Limited has been engineering and providing non-ferrous metal products for industries such as marine, hydraulics, telecommunications, electronics, transportation and forestry. Specializing in gravity cast zinc and aluminum anodes for the commercial marine industry; they have become an international leader for companies seeking marine anodes. With nearly 225 employees worldwide, a 40,000 sq. ft. facility...
Process: High speed manufacturing, multi-process turning, setup reduction. Industry: Automotive, consumer goods, commercial. Company Background: Evolving from a small parts company to a leader in its industry, this company’s facilities and operations are stretched across the globe. Their markets include automotive, commercial vehicles, industrial materials, and various consumer products. Challenge: The customer wanted to install their new block machining line completely automated in order to increase production throughput and eliminate ergonomic issues associated with manual loading. This...
Process: Multi-process manufacturing, high-speed manufacturing Industry: Others Company Background: For close to a century, the company has been influencing positive change on every continent. With sales in 2011 exceeding $60 billion, it is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Challenge: Growth in production demand drove the company to expand their North American manufacturing capacities for the axles and axle shafts in large mining trucks. To meet production demands...
Industry: Agriculture Process: Horizontal Machining Center, Lights-Out Manufacturing Company background: Manufactures and distributes a variety of Water valves, Hydrants and Pipe, for residential housing and industrial development projects within state and local municipalities. Challenge: Clow Valve launched and aggressive initiative to optimize the process of manufacturing valve bodies. The objective was to design a system that would allow for uninterrupted flow and unattended processing of the valve body from receipt of raw casting to presentation at the powder coating process in...
Company Background: An established manufacturer, the customer in this emergency rescues. Challenge: The old method of manufacturing that the customer was using was done by a combination of lathes and vertical machining centers. Each of these machines had tooling specific to the operation being performed on the parts. The resultant stack up of tolerances made making the parts to the required tolerance parameters very difficult to accomplish, becoming extremely tedious operations. Assessment: The customer wanted to incorporate a mill turn lathe with robot load and unload into their...

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