The path to manufacturing excellence begins in grade school classrooms. And the foundation for manufacturing excellence is not touchy-feely stuff; a solid foundation for manufacturing excellence is built on engineering, mathematics and science. Without this foundation, the most superior workforce in the universe cannot produce manufacturing excellence.
Lasko Metal Products Inc. (West Chester, PA), a manufacturer of ventilation devices and household appliances, needed a welding method for the assembly of reservoir jugs for its humidifiers. These oddly-shaped reservoir jugs are large and can hold several gallons of fluid.
North America's first multishell, vibration-welded intake manifold debuted on Ford's 5.4-liter, two-valve engines on the 1999 Ford F-series 150 and 250 light trucks, Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators. This manifold also marks the first use of Zytel welding-enhanced PA 6,6 nylon resin.
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) continue to find use among manufacturers of power tools and other industrial applications. An example of this is an overmolding application for a palm-sized sanding tool from National Detroit Inc. (Rockford, IL), a manufacturer of pneumatic hand-held sanders for industrial, autobody and woodworking applications.
For nearly a century, a four-faced, wooden clock had stood in front of Thorpe & Co. Jewelers (Sioux City, IA). However, after surviving natural wear and tear, two fires and a truck smashing into it, the clock needed refurbishing.
In-Sink-Erator (Racine, WI) follows the old adage that when your company name is synonymous with your product, you not only own a place in your customers' mind, you own a piece of the market. To serve this market, you must stay productive in spite of production challenges.
A company we know is sending its executives and managers back to school to learn accounting. Why? Because those execs and managers were making decisions without understanding the financial implications.
When Polaris Pool Systems (Vista, CA), a manufacturer of automatic pool cleaners, was experiencing gear jam-ups due to loose-fitting bearings, they turned to the SureWeld 20 ultrasonic plastic welder from Sonobond Ultrasonics (West Chester, PA) to weld the bearing securely in place.