What Does the Assembly Floor Look Like

What Does the Assembly Floor Look Like

If you haven’t experienced a manufacturing assembly floor before it can be a place shrouded in mystery. Is it a place filled with metal and big robots doing all the work? Are they full of sparks from welding? Are they organized or kind of a mess? Movies and pictures don’t do these places justice. The manufacturing assembly floor is where so many of the things we rely on daily are put together and readied for us. We’ve put together some information to help you understand what the assembly floor looks like.   Welding Welding is a major part of manufacturing and especially assembling. The big and small pieces of metal that need to fit and stay together to create a finished product need a type of glue to do the job. Welding is the glue that holds all of the pieces together. And so, in a welding section of an assembly line, you are likely to see a lot of sparks. You would also likely hear the equipment warming and joining the metal pieces together. There are three main types of welding that we at LTC Roll and Engineering use, and you can read more about them here. Tools As you could have guessed, there are countless tools on the assembly floor. From welding equipment to grease guns, compression tools, and drills, assembly floors have more tools on them than you could count! Because the assembly process is so detailed and diverse depending on what is being assembled, different tools are necessary. You will see it all on the floor. Both high powered and hand powered tools are available on...
Custom Tooling Gives You Freedom

Custom Tooling Gives You Freedom

There are many benefits of being in manufacturing for over 50 years. However, the most significant is that LTC Roll and Engineering possesses the experience needed to make designs work. If a custom design requires special equipment and tooling to complete, we have the ability to make them, even if the tools required are not available. There are many benefits to being able to develop and create our own custom tooling. Primarily, our customers are given more freedom in the designs they want to create. However, it also gives us more freedom when prototyping and manufacturing those designs. Here are a few impressive reasons why LTC Roll and Engineering creates custom tooling in their manufacturing practices. Custom Created Tools Over the years we have developed a number of tools that have helped us enhance and expedite our manufacturing process. On behalf of our customers and their products, we build a wide range of tools. For instance, we have built turnkey production lines, enabling us to take a design and move it from development to completion quickly. We have also built many other tools including, cutoff, pre-pierced, roll form, and secondary forming dies. All of these tools have given us the freedom to provide the end results and products our customers are looking for. Design Freedom Our customers have greater freedom when it comes to designing their products because they know we can deliver. If we don’t currently have the tools required to get the job done, we will customize tooling to satisfy the need. Our skilled associates allow us to also work at an expedited rate. Even if we are building out...
Why Metal Stamping is Special

Why Metal Stamping is Special

In the world of manufacturing, there are various ways to produce and assemble products. One of those production methods is metal stamping. There are many benefits to metal stamping that make it attractive to manufacturers, however not all utilize it in-house. Here at LTC Roll and Engineering, we utilize metal stamping in-house. With our clients in mind, we work to produce the best possible products for them, and stamping helps us do that. We believe three key benefits make it beneficial for our clients and us. Reduces Handling Where other roll form manufacturers have to send pieces and components out of their facility for forming, we possess the stamping capability in-house. This allows us to form components efficiently while reducing how many people handle the components. Other manufacturers have to think about transporting components to and from their facility, as well as whether or not the other facility has their same standards. Stamping in-house means we have full control over the process with fewer hands involved to make a mistake. Increases Efficiency We are able to move a component through production with no stopping or wait time. We can stamp bulkheads, brackets and similar parts, and then move them to welding and the assembly floor, all in-house. This cuts down on the overall production time for products. Everything is done at one location and from a single source. There is no waiting for another facility to complete their part of the puzzle. Once we produce a line of components, we can immediately move them to the next process. Minimizes Cost Metal stamping reduces production costs in a few different...
Why We Need Manufacturing

Why We Need Manufacturing

Over the last century or so factories and manufacturing have staked their claim in our ever growing and inventing culture. As mass production became more and more common, the industry demonstrated its benefits. Now, it is far more common to buy something manufactured in large numbers as opposed to a unique item. Our culture and way of life have become dependent on mass production. This is not a bad thing. Here are three reasons why we need manufacturing that benefit more than the production of new items. Jobs The Bureau of Labor released a report stating that the manufacturing industry employed over 12 million U.S. citizens in 2016. That is a substantial number of our neighbors that are involved in this industry in some manner. If those jobs were to go away, we would be faced with millions of families not having enough money to eat or support themselves. Luckily, the constant demand for manufactured goods ensures the support of those families. It is an industry that constantly has jobs available and upward motion. Production There are no faster means of producing the number of goods our country demands than through mass manufacturing and production. Whether it is our automobile demand or our demand for phones, there is no other way to keep up with demand. Likewise, every year the industry releases new models and items for production. The constant cycling through of products has improved the speed of manufacturing for these items. We are a consumer culture and manufacturing answers our need for fast turnover. Innovation As a culture, we are fascinated by the new, innovative, and undreamed. What we...
Why Manufacturing Needs Prototyping

Why Manufacturing Needs Prototyping

Many assume that because manufacturing is an older industry that focuses on building bigger pieces, that it also lacks a sense of finesse. However, there is more to manufacturing than just slapping together large pieces of metal. A great deal of thought, process, and design go into manufacturing. Moreover, an important stage of that process is prototyping. Prototyping involves a lot more than simply making a sample of a product. There are important reasons why prototyping happens before a design goes into production. Let’s look closely at why prototyping is so crucial to the manufacturing process. Proof Designs A design will never be perfect the first time through, and so the proofing process is needed. A prototype can be looked over and evaluated to get a better understanding of the specific design. At this stage, you can tweak things and alter the design to optimize it. Just as you would look at a spreadsheet or press release before sending it out, creating a prototype of your design is the last look over. Once the design meets both parties’ approval, the design can go into production with the security that it is optimized. Identify Defects Whether a client or the manufacturing company come up with the design, there could be unforeseeable problems on the page. By producing a prototype, both parties can visualize the final product. If there are any defects or potential problems, you can correct them before final production begins. Evaluation at this stage is critical to producing the highest quality finished product. It is also easier to find issues when you have a physical copy of what...