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Case Study: Chicago Faucets Goes Back to the Fundamentals with Flexible Manufacturing Cells

By: Makino

Founded in 1901, Chicago Faucets has a storied history of innovation, reliability and value. However, due to increased competition from global manufacturers, the company found itself needing to improve its agility so it could keep manufacturing operations in the United States. Chicago Faucets aimed to optimize its production with smaller batches, shorter runs and faster setups while improving accuracy and quality. To achieve this goal, the company invested in two automated material-handling systems and five horizontal machining centers from Makino. This change delivered several advantages:

  • A two-year full ROI on both automated manufacturing systems
  • A 25 percent increase in tool life
  • Reductions in part cycle times of up to 50 percent

Read more about how Chicago Faucets enhanced its production processes, delivery, inventory management and profitability by downloading the full case study today.

Tags : flexible manufacturing system, fms, machining automation, automated machining, machine tool automation, automated pallet handling, automated material handling
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Published:  Jun 23, 2017
Length:  6
Type:  Case Study