Raytheon Missile Systems leverages futuristic technology to improve its manufacturing processes. By Chris Petersen
Since the invention of the bow and arrow, success on the battlefield has been determined by technology as much as strategy. Armies that bring the most advanced weaponry to bear have held an enormous edge throughout the history of warfare, and when the stakes are high an army needs to be absolutely positive that its technology will not fail it in the heat of battle. As the world’s largest manufacturer of missile systems for the United States and its allies, no one understands the importance of reliability on the battlefield better than Raytheon Missile Systems.
The missiles built by Raytheon Missile Systems feature the most advanced technology in the world, but their effectiveness on the front lines also depends on the technology the company leverages before those missiles are deployed. As Vice President of Operations Kim Ernzen explains, Raytheon Missile Systems has made a concerted effort to ensure that the technology in its design and manufacturing facilities gives it as much of a technological edge as the finished product gives soldiers in the field. “We produce very complex systems that support our warfighters, and in order to be able to keep up with the demands from a technology perspective, we continually look at how we can infuse technology into changing the way we design the product as well as manufacture the product,” she says.
Through the integration of advanced technologies like virtual reality, 3-D printing and robotics, Raytheon’s manufacturing process today resembles something that would have been considered science fiction just 20 years ago. The company’s engineers are able to collaborate on a missile design in the same room even though they are thousands of miles apart. Automated assembly systems can perform the most detailed tasks endlessly without error. And precision components can be printed to specifications even the most sophisticated tooling can’t replicate. These technologies have driven out cost for Raytheon Missile Systems and reduced cycle times significantly, but most importantly, they have helped to ensure that Raytheon’s products never let troops down.
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Hernon Manufacturing creates total solutions for its oem clients in the adhesives industry.
By Tim O'Connor
The pressure of supplying adhesive and sealant solutions for everything from aircraft parts to a soldier’s ammunition box could be overwhelming for some, but Hernon Manufacturing’s reputation for high quality helps Sales and Marketing Director Edgardo Rodriguez sleep well at night. He knows his customers are well cared for. “I’m proud of being able to solve customer problems with unique solutions,” he says.
This reputation for quality has been established over the last four decades. Brothers Harry and Josef Arnon established the company in 1978 in the Bronx, New York, and later relocated to Sanford, Fla., in 1989, where it has been located ever since. Hernon Manufacturing creates specialty adhesives, sealants and other liquid chemical products. Hernon® also began producing its own precision dispensing and curing equipment about 12 years ago, transforming itself into an end-to-end solutions provider for its OEM clients.
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Fluid Metering delivers products that the medical diagnostics market can depend on. By Staff Writer
When medical professionals provide care, they need products they can rely on to operate without problems. They often turn to Fluid Metering Inc. (FMI) for that reason, since the company utilizes the best manufacturers it can find for its product components, President Harry Pinkerton says.
“We try to work directly with suppliers without going through distributors for engineered parts,” he says. “We use the best vendors from around the world for critical components, strong vendor qualification standards, and we continually audit and work with vendors to assure quality.”
Based in Syosset, N.Y., FMI provides metering pumps and dispensers for an array of markets. Pinkerton’s father started the company in 1959 as a hydraulically actuated diaphragm pump business.
The company ultimately became the first to win a patent for its valve-less, rotating and reciprocating piston metering pump concept. The idea for a valve-less product, Pinkerton notes, originated from the low-pressure valve problems customers had with diaphragm pumps.
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Taylor Devices designs its products to meet its clients’ specific needs. By Alan Dorich
Some firms offer only off-the-shelf solutions, but Taylor Devices Inc. thrives on doing custom work, CEO Doug Taylor says. When a client approaches the company, it listens to their problems.
“We have to decide what the solution would be,” he explains, noting that this can range from something simple to the more complex. “You’d be surprised at the number of the customers that cannot use an off-the-shelf product.”
Based in North Tonawanda, N.Y., Taylor Devices specializes in shock and vibration control products including shock absorbers, dampers, buffers, isolators and springs. Taylor’s father, Paul H. Taylor, started the company in 1955.
“He had been an aeronautical engineer for the Curtiss-Wright company and worked his way up to vice president of the Buffalo, [N.Y.], plants,” Doug Taylor says. But when World War II ended, Paul Taylor was laid off and tried working for the tool and die business.
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Sentry representative sampling products help customers in diverse industries optimize their manufacturing processes and ensure product quality. By Jim Harris
Sentry products play an essential role in the manufacturing operations of its customers. “We are a manufacturer that helps other manufacturers improve their processes,” says Rick Steinke, vice president of operations of the Oconomowoc, Wis.-based company.
The company manufactures equipment to capture and analyze representative steam, water, solid, powder, gas, liquid or slurry samples directly from its customers’ process streams. Markets served by the company include power generation, oil and gas, food and beverage, chemical and petrochemical, cement, mining and pharmaceutical. “Whether it’s someone producing gasoline or consumer products such as shampoo, ice cream or orange juice, we have the ability to tap into their process stream and capture a representative sample for reliable and accurate quality analysis,” Steinke adds. “We help our customers make sure their products are being manufactured within specification and regulations, all while keeping their operators safe and protecting the environment and their plant assets.”
The sampling equipment manufactured by Sentry Equipment is installed directly into its customers’ process streams. Sampling solutions can be engineered and customized to each customer’s specific manufacturing environment. “We can look at their application and tell them the type of equipment we can engineer to perform reliable and accurate sampling in a particular part of their operation,” Steinke says. “We have the deep engineering expertise to advise customers the best way to capture a representative sample in any part of their process.”
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UNITED GRINDING combines the best of European technology with American ingenuity to serve North America manufacturing. By Chris Petersen
UNITED GRINDING is the culmination of decades of precision machining experience from some of the most accomplished European manufacturers, adding up to the largest provider of grinding solutions in North America as well as the rest of the world. Its heritage is rooted in top German manufacturer, the Körber Group, which in the early 1990s was looking to diversify into machine tools, particularly grinding.
It started to acquire numerous other top manufacturers in Europe, many of which also had established operations in the United States. In 1994, Körber consolidated these North American subsidiaries into a single entity, creating UNITED GRINDING.
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Pursuit of stellar customer service drives Ohio Metallurgical Service’s heat treating offerings for a wide range of critical machine components. By Barbara McHatton
Heat treating machine components may not appear to be the most glamorous endeavor, but Ohio Metallurgical Service (Ohiomet) is certainly passionate about its business.
“[Ohiomet] believes that the end-result of the heat treating process has to be perfect, precise,” President John Gaydosh declares. “Many of the parts we process are safety-critical parts. We have to ensure that the parts are within our clients’ very tight tolerances and that level of quality is consistent throughout all of the parts we process.”
Gaydosh says that the company processes parts for a wide range of industries. From axles and shafts in lawn and garden tractors, fasteners for power generation equipment to automotive steering components, Ohiomet creates a heat-treating process unique to the part. The firm has experience processing parts that may be found in nuclear submarines, deep sea oil platforms, various types of military and civilian aircraft, and even the tractor in your garage.
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Modine has become one of the most trusted names in HVAC, and the company works hard to keep that trust. By Chris Petersen
Within the last century, Modine HVAC has earned the market’s trust as one of the most reliable manufacturers of HVAC solutions and that means more than customers having faith in the company’s current products. It also means that customers are confident that Modine’s future innovations will continue to set the example for efficiency, reliability and effectiveness. Director of North America Heating and Cooling Benjamin Gover says maintaining its status as the most trusted brand in the HVAC industry is built into Modine’s vision statement, which emphasizes the importance of Modine being recognized as experts. “If we use that in our decision-making process, that usually leads us to the right path,” Gover says.
The roots of what Modine is today began in 1918, when the company was already established as a successful manufacturer serving the automotive industry. But during a particularly severe Wisconsin winter, Arthur B. Modine developed a revolutionary heating unit for his facilities utilizing an automotive radiator, a fan and steam pipes. This was the first unit heater, and the first product of Modine’s heating division. Over the years, the company continued to refine and improve upon those original designs, developing new unit heaters and licensing the technology to numerous customers. At one point, the company says, Modine controlled more than 94 percent of the unit heater market in the United States, making the company’s name synonymous with unit heaters.
Today, Modine remains one of the most successful and most trusted manufacturers in the HVAC world. The company’s heating and cooling products can be found in residential buildings, commercial facilities and schools, among other applications. Although the company continues to drive cutting edge technological advancements in the market, Gover says Modine still believes that relationships with partners and clients are the most important key to success. The company’s participation in the AHR Expo represents an opportunity for Modine to show off its latest innovations and build stronger relationships, and Gover says that is helping the company build a stronger future.
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