Keep your manufacturing costs low by working with Stillwater’s design engineers to optimize your design. Our experienced engineers will work with you to:

  • Create a unique solution to resolve your manufacturing challenge and minimize your overall cost of use (e.g. by designing a special machine, weld fixture, machining fixture, tool, or gage to meet your specific needs)
  • Optimize your part design to reduce costs associated with its manufacture (cost of manufacturability)

Examples of how Stillwater’s engineers have helped our customers:

  1. Reduced the setup and weld time (and associated costs) for a customer’s large aluminum plate housing (48″ x 89″ x 89″). Stillwater’s suggested revisions to the customer’s design resulted in the use of a modular-keyed configuration that not only reduced the setup and weld times but eliminated the chance of any alignment errors as well.
  2. Saved an automotive company 1 hour and 40 minutes per production line changeover. Customer needed a way to reduce production costs. By listening to their concerns and applying our knowledge and experience, Stillwater’s engineers designed a fixture enabling this customer to changeover their production line in just 20 minutes! Previously changeovers took upward of 2 hours! In addition, the innovative fixture reduced the customer’s floor space requirements thus freeing it up for other uses. Just calculate what innovative ideas like that can do for your company!
  3. Improved the efficiency and profitability of companies utilizing resistance welding robots. Resistance welding robots weren’t as effective as desired due to the build-up of material on the weld tip after multiple welds. Stillwater assessed what these customers’ current options were and then designed a way to remove excess material from the welding tip more quickly and efficiently – enabling the robots to continue to provide effective welds and saving the cost of replacement weld tips and changeover time.

Want to learn if your part can be made more efficiently? Please Contact Us to discuss options for better manufacturability.

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