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...