When Navistar needed an economical solution to a difficult fluid fill scenario, Serv-I-Quip was one of the vendors asked to review the project and submit a proposal. A height restricted fill area and a mixed production line that required fills on either side of the cab presented a unique challenge. In order to accommodate four different fluids on either side of the cab and a line speed that required overlapping fill cycles, two overhead rail mounted motorized carriers would be needed.
We would like to thank Honda Motor Company of America for the opportunity to provide an online transmission fill system to meet the mixed production needs at the Marysville, OH plant. The Honda crew that supervised the design, build, testing and install were a pleasure to work with and ensured a successful project.
For several months in 2009, appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. faced a unique production challenge regarding its refrigerators. The appliances were passing the helium leak test, but failing the refrigerant leak test, which was performed manually in-line by operators using sniffer probes.
After announcing a major restructuring to better align the company with current economic conditions, Harley Davidson management initiated an analysis to determine whether major restructuring at the York, PA facility could achieve cost and efficiency targets that would continue to make it a viable production facility. The analysis produced a plan that led to the joint efforts of the local labor force, company management, and the Pennsylvania State government.
The popular Discovery Channel show “How It’s Made” has broadcast three episodes that feature manufacturers of Refrigerators, Ice Machines, and Heat Pumps. Besides being informative, these shows also provide great PR for the companies that have allowed portions of their production process to be filmed.
Most manufacturers strive to maximize efficiency and streamline their process by limiting the variations in a product being produced. Standardizing a product creates efficiencies that translate to profits. Even at Serv-I-Quip, we have put a great deal of effort into standardizing our products, components, and programming. But with all the variations in our customers’ products, industries and processes, we realized long ago that we cannot be a one size fits all company.