A. J. Rose-Higgins
Kreider Corp., Springfield, OH, received the A. J. Rose-Higgins
Design Award, Created by the Worcester Pressed Steel Co., Worcester, MA,
and sponsored by A. J. Rose Mfg. Co., Avon, OH; the Design Award recognizes
a manufacturing company for outstanding achievement in developing an
innovative product design. Kreider won for its design of a pneumatic
rotational transition machine, developed to boost production rates and
remove an ergonomics problem.
The company boasts a lineup of four-slide machines and stamping presses
ranging in capacity from 10 to 280 tons as well as two plastic-coating
machines and other equipment used in the manufacture of stampings,
wire forms and sub-assemblies. New to the equipment roster is the pneumatic transition machine, which gives a lengthwise twist to parts. Kreider uses the machine to twist a variety of part types, ranging from a simple straight part
with one hole and a twist to a complex part with multiple slotted holes,
multiple forms, a twist and plastisol coating. The machine employs two pneumatically powered work holders placed opposite of each other to hold
and twist parts.
Previously, Kreider produced the parts via physical labor, where an operator
placed a part in a clamping device and then used a T-handle to manually
twist the part to the desired angle. Besides the potentially harmful stresses
placed upon personnel, the process required operators to manually hold
part-print dimensions and squareness. With the new machine production
has increased more than three times and the largest ergonomic problem
in the shop has been eliminated.
Award of Excellence
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