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Case Study: Enabling Continuous Flow Manufacturing

Posted by Andy Marin on Tue, Nov 05, 2019 @ 09:03 AM


Productivity and quality are keys to the success of any continuous flow production philosophy. However, vacuum impregnation systems have remained antiquated, which causes production and quality issues in modern manufacturing environments. Hence their absence from most continuous flow production plans.

Such is the case of a vertically integrated automotive OEM. This company had an outdated vacuum impregnation system that did not meet their continuous flow strategy. The division that operates the vacuum impregnation system pours the metal, machines, and assembles components to produce finished engines.

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Case Study: Improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness with Vacuum Impregnation

Posted by Andy Marin on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 01:08 PM

As manufacturing equipment ages, the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) decreases. A company that fails to invest in equipment, will not be able to meet demand or produce a quality product, thus potentially losing its competitive edge. Companies who want to succeed in this landscape are identifying equipment investment opportunities to keep production moving and while producing a quality product.

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Video: HVLV Walk Around

Posted by Andy Marin on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 10:22 AM

The HVLV vacuum impregnation system allows OEMs, contract manufacturers, die casters and foundries to have the benefits of vacuum impregnation in a simple, easy to use machine. In this video, John Halladay (aka Johnny Impreg) will show you some of his favorite features on how the system efficiently and effectively seals porosity while eliminating the costs and risk of outsourcing.


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Case Study: How Portable Equipment Solved Production Capacity Issues

Posted by Andy Marin on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 01:36 PM

The casting industry is in a transitional period adjusting to new trends and products. Manufacturers require flexibility in their equipment to account for shorter program life cycles while still being able to be competitive. In many instances this requires assets to be spread across multiple programs. It is a landscape that rewards companies who identify opportunities to adapt to the changing circumstances. One example is a case where vacuum impregnation requirements unexpectedly and suddenly increased in one manufacturer's location while another of its locations had underutilized impregnation capacity.  

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Useful Lessons from Henry Ford about Vacuum Impregnation

Posted by Andy Marin on Fri, Jan 04, 2019 @ 02:50 PM

As manufacturing equipment ages, the maintenance and repair (MRO) of the equipment increases while the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) decreases. Given this, companies must decide while bidding on new projects:  “Use the aged equipment and invest in MRO while accepting a lower OEE” or “Invest in new equipment using the latest technology and generate a higher OEE.” 

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Case Study: How One Turf Care Company Solved Their Casting Porosity Challenge

Posted by Andy Marin on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 09:19 AM

The commercial turf care market is expected to reach USD 38.2 billion by 2025. The growing trend toward investing more time in one's home leads to a higher interest in outdoor & gardening-related activities.

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Automated Vacuum Impregnation Enables Transmission Production

Posted by Andy Marin on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 @ 02:13 PM

Godfrey & Wing recently published in the Die Casting Engineer November issue titled: "Automated Vacuum Impregnation Enables Transmission Production"

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An Introduction to Vacuum Impregnation Equipment Safety

Posted by Andy Marin on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

The beginning of the 21st century was a turning point for vacuum impregnation equipment safety, and in less than two decades there have been significant improvements in that technology, a process that had been essentially unchanged for 70 years.

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Case Study: Quality Conditions Demand Impregnation Equipment

Posted by Andy Marin on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 03:40 PM

Schabmüller Automobiltechnik is a leading engineering, machining, and sub-assembly supplier to major automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.  Founded in 1978, the company’s headquarters is in Großmehring Germany, and employs 850 people in four locations. 

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5 Reasons Why Companies Bring Vacuum Impregnation Equipment In House

Posted by Andy Marin on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Recent decades have seen an increase in the use of lightweight, high-performance aluminum castings in car manufacturing. Aluminum helps reduce the car's weight, increase gas mileage, and improve acceleration, braking and handling.


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