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...
Tubular Manufacturing: Perks of Custom Manufacturing

Tubular Manufacturing: Perks of Custom Manufacturing

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry. Therefore, being able to adapt and customize products as the client needs is priceless. Tubular technology is one of the ways we aim to keep our clients happy. Due to tubular manufacturing, we have the ability to make custom pieces that perfectly fit the needs and expectations of our clients. And with new equipment as far as tubular design is concerned the possibilities are endless. What is Tubular Manufacturing Tubular manufacturing is creating tubing and tubular parts specific to the needs of our client. Gone are the days of only being able to buy generic tubing. With tubular manufacturing, we create tubes of all different shapes, sizes, and materials. Varying forms are now a possibility. Imagine tubes that are round, square, ovular, multi-sided, triangular or any other custom shape. You name it, we can make it. Best of all, we use the best materials to form them. These include durable materials such as Martensite, Aluminum, and CRS. In fact, round tubes are no longer your only option. Technology has allowed us to become more creative and better answer our clients’ specific needs. New Technology Just recently, we acquired two, especially relevant new pieces of equipment that are making our tubular manufacturing even better. The first of these new machines is a 3D fiber laser cutting machine. This machine allows easy cutting of curved surfaces. First of all, the laser optimizes our precision cutting on your custom tubing, and even reduces mold investment. It shortens the development cycle and improves efficiency, repeatability, and precision; which is not only good news for us, but also for...
Why Start a Career in Manufacturing

Why Start a Career in Manufacturing

When it comes to considering your career, the available options seem limitless. However, there is one field you should not ignore. Manufacturing is a robust industry that continually needs more people. Unfortunately, this field is not as popular as it once was; yet it still remains a crucial industry within our communities. It’s also a varied industry with positions open for different talents. For this reason, a career in manufacturing opens the doors to numerous possibilities. There is a Need The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a document in 2014 stating there were 264,000 open jobs in manufacturing. That is a staggering number of available jobs that need filling. The Bureau believes that number will only increase as the years pass, and those currently working in manufacturing retire. As more young people are pursuing college degrees for careers in different industries, the number of available manufacturing jobs will only increase. However, fewer people are beginning their careers in this industry. As a result, it leaves more and more jobs available. You could fill a vital role in your community by starting your career in manufacturing. Avoid College Debt Today, everyone agrees that college is expensive; it’s a massive downfall of four-year universities. More and more college students are graduating with massive amounts of student debt with no way to pay it all back. Thankfully, most manufacturing jobs don’t require a four-year degree. Instead, you would take a few skills classes, start in an entry-level position, and learn as you go. By avoiding the debt that usually comes with a four-year degree, you can save money faster. Plus, with...