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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