Why OEM suppliers have to change to IATF 16949

Why OEM suppliers have to change to IATF 16949

Quality of products is the most important aspect for all manufacturers. With that in mind, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) develops standards of quality control for the automotive industry. IATF 16949 is an evolutionary standard that replaces the ISO/TS 16949 standard.   IATF 16949 adds a more risk-based approach to automotive quality assurance. It is progressive and takes a more preventative approach so that manufacturers can prevent versus detect quality defects. OEM suppliers have to comply with the new requirements and go through audits in order to be certified.   More Accountability with KPIs   A key focus area for IATF 16949 is management accountability for key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs are great tools that help you track your ongoing progress towards your goals. This new standard requires that companies not only set targets but must also provide details on action plans if they can’t meet them. Documenting these procedures is part of the ongoing process for all manufacturers. Going forward during audits, auditors will be reviewing KPIs and how the companies are tracking as well as reviewing them.   Risk Management   Risk management for OEM suppliers is another focus area of IATF 16949. As part of this new standard compliance, OEM suppliers must have proper checks for product safety. They will also need to provide adequate employee training which will mitigate risk. Training details will be verified during audits as well. The idea behind these changes is that when you have proper risk management procedures identified in the beginning, you can prevent defects earlier in the cycle.   Producing High Quality   LTC Roll and Engineering...
LTC Roll and Engineering – Manufacturing Day is Inspiring for Next Generation

LTC Roll and Engineering – Manufacturing Day is Inspiring for Next Generation

Manufacturing Day is an annual event that is held on the first Friday in October and inspires innovation in modern manufacturing technologies. This year, Manufacturing Day was held on October 5 and was supported by manufacturers around the country. The celebration provided opportunities for students, job seekers, and other community members to attend open houses and tour different plants as well as attend insightful presentations. Inspiring the young minds Since manufacturing is one of the top drivers of economic prosperity, it needs to be encouraged among young children as a viable career path. Manufacturing Day gives us the opportunity to bring about increased awareness and inspire the next generation. We can address any misconceptions about manufacturing as a career by opening our doors and showcasing our plants and processes. Collectively we can build a steady pipeline of qualified and diversified talent for years to come. Innovation is the need of the day Manufacturing has come a long way throughout the last century. Mass production has grown, and automation has allowed manufacturing tasks to become more efficient in recent times. With increasing demands of manufactured goods, innovation is the need of the day. We need young and curious minds to join the manufacturing workforce and discover and innovate from the ground up. Manufacturing is a combination of problem-solving, innovation and consistency. With so many parts manufactured every day, quality and consistency are of the utmost importance. Innovation helps with maintaining quality and provides consistency in every manufactured piece. We take pride in our Manufacturing Process LTC Roll and Engineering has a longstanding reputation for excellent manufacturing in the automotive industry....
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...
The Art of Welding

The Art of Welding

The art of welding plays a significant role in the manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, many people overlook this vital element when considering the functions of manufacturing. It often takes great skill and expertise in order to craft and fuse pieces of metal together in a way that strengthens the final product. Moreover, it takes incredible focus and practice to perfect this skill. Once a piece is fused correctly it enhances every aspect of the overall product greatly. Surprisingly, welding takes on many forms, and each is unique in its own way. At LTC Roll and Engineering, our associates utilize various types of welding techniques to provide quality to products to all of our clients. Laser Welding Associates at LTC Roll and Engineering typically use laser welding when building tubular products. This technique is most useful when pieces need low frequency and less penetration than provided by other processes. Because we most often utilize laser welding with our tubular products, we have made our equipment extremely adaptable. Using laser welding in-line our roll forming machines brings great cost and time savings to our customers. We’re one of very few roll forming companies with this capability. Our equipment has the ability to weld a variety of tube configurations and material types. Welding tube configurations include square, round, custom shapes, and five-sided. The adaptability of our laser welding ensures that each piece receives quality welding. Induction Welding For heavy gauge and high strength production, inline induction welding is usually the answer. Because of the deeply penetrative nature of induction welding, it is best suited to weight bearing components. We also utilize induction for...
What are the Different Types of Metal Forming?

What are the Different Types of Metal Forming?

There are many different ways to manipulate metal into the shape that you wish, called metal forming. Here at LTC Roll and Engineering, we use four types of metal forming to accommodate our clients’ needs. Here are the four methods we use and how they can be useful. Roll Forming Roll forming creates the cylinder-shaped metal pieces used to build automobiles. We have over sixty coil-fed roll form lines between all of our plants. As a result, this allows us to make orders of identical pieces to our client’s specifications. Over the years our team has pioneered the tools that are used to create stronger and lighter metal pieces. Through roll forming, we have been awarded “Supplier of Excellence” by General Motors. Laser Cutting Our five-axis laser cutting creates three-dimensional prototypes. Clearly, laser cutting is a great way to test a design out before sending it to production. We focus on fabricating parts that perfectly fit our client’s needs. Specifically, the process of prototyping is an integral part of providing client’s high-value products. However, traditional tooling and metal forming methods alone would not be able to achieve the result we can get by laser cutting. Therefore, we also utilize laser cutting on its own to produce products for clients. It is a priceless tool in the metal forming business. Stamping Undoubtedly, stamped metal components increase the durability of final products in all types of vehicles. For this reason, we stamp bulkheads, brackets, and similar parts. Over the years, our stamping capability has grown and put us on the front line of auto part production. Currently, we have over forty-five stamping...
What are Rocker Panels?

What are Rocker Panels?

Rocker panels may not be a household name, but they are an important part of your car. Thanks to manufacturing, rocker panels can be produced at a pace that keeps up with our car manufacturing demands. How cars are built and assembled is not something we talk about at great length. However, we use them every day to get from point A to point B, and then back again. We can take these amazingly helpful machines for granted. Rocker panels are just one piece of a car puzzle, but without them, a car wouldn’t be a car. Because they are so vital to our daily lives, we make it a point to produce a high-quality manufactured product. What are Rocker Panels Rocker panels are stamped pieces of strong metal that form part of the structural body of the car. They are an integral part that runs along the side of your car between the front and rear wheel wells. Other than the roof supports, they are the only part of the structural body that connects the front and the back of your car. In other words, rocker panels keep the back of your car from separating from the front of your car. When you think of a piece of metal that you step over every time you get into your car like that it’s easy to see how we take these machines for granted. LTC Method LTC Roll and Engineering have a special process to create innovative new rocker panels. We have worked with leaders in OEM, engineering, and metallurgy to make them lighter, stronger, and more durable. This...