There are two primary differences that set the recent ductwork fabrication job apart from the typical projects manufactured at The Rose Corporation. It is the first job for which The Rose Corporation held primary responsibility for producing detailed, manufacturing drawings from customer-supplied general arrangement drawings.
The Rose Corporation, 401 North Eighth Street, Reading, a privately owned contract manufacturing steel fabrication company, is pleased to announce that it has become a sister company to Abbott Furnace, St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, effective December 1, 2016. Having been purchased by the same owner, Edmund Gaffney, of Haverford, PA, both Rose and Abbott will continue to operate independent of each other but joining capabilities to enhance offerings to their current customers and opportunities for the growth of both entities. The Rose Corporation, also doing business as Mark Metals, currently employs 52 and Abbott employs 70.
In their never-ending search to improve efficiency and safety in the Assembly Department, two new Kaizens have recently been completed with the use of custom made fixturing.
We had been using shipping clips to center rotors inside of valve housings for years. Because of a pair of fresh eyes on the job, we realized that the clips were too complicated and taking too long to fabricate. For one set of four clips per valve to be made, they had to be burnt, formed, measured, saw cut, drilled, fit, welded together and cooled.
There has been a lot of activity in our Continuous Improvement Program. Following are three examples of how co-workers are making our company better by thinking smart and taking time to improve processes, work areas and equipment throughout the company.
Problem: We received a large order for four skids and four regenerative thermal oxidizers (which are each made in two pieces). Because of the long distance they would be travelling (Seattle, Washington…a 5-7 day truck ride) and the poor weather conditions, our customer required us to cover the openings of the regens with plywood, instead of the usual shrink wrap to protect the refractory.
The Company uses 50’ industrial extension cords that connect each welder to a feeder so we can move the feeders around as we work on various welding jobs. Inside each of the newer cords is 11 wires with respective connecting pins. Our older machines have cords with 8 wires. When a co-worker calls maintenance because of a problem with their welder, we go out to troubleshoot the situation. Often, the problem is a broken wire inside the extension cord.
Each receptacle pin is labeled a, b, c, d, etc. We would haveto test one pin at a time with the electrical tester to make sure each wire was o.k. Many times, the test shows a broken wire. Sometimes, the test shows that all wires are o.k. but often this turns out to be incorrect because when the wire is hot, it might show the break but once it has cooled, the wires touch again and a break cannot be detected. John Young, our maintenance supervisor, estimates that 9 times out of 10 times, the breaks in the wires are within 2 feet of each end.
Problem: One of the inventory items in the industrial furnace warehouse is a catalyst material that used in the fabrication of the catalyst chambers. The catalyst has the texture of rice or blast grit. It comes in boxes and is very difficult to get an accurate measure on because of rounding. At inventory time, this would cause a lot of variances. At the last inventory, we improved the weighing portion by pouring out the boxes of catalyst into clean steel barrels and weighing it with a more reliable scale. This worked better.
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