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Robotic Welder Increases Efficiency, Quality

October 29, 2008

Through the summer of 2008, Wayne Engineering invested a substantial amount of time and training into some very talented individuals. These individuals are the new operators of Wayne’s Panasonic robotic welder. The group of individuals were empowered to create new programs, write software, and design jigs and fixtures for the robot. Their efforts have been extremely valuable and are starting to pay off.

“We are now able to build 16 parts a day with the robot where one man was doing only 6 a day,” says Chief of Operations Doug Halbur. “We are very excited about the future of our weld line manufacturing. We will create very skilled and ergonomically friendly jobs. And in the future we plan to add more of the Panasonic robot welders.”

Currently, the robot is being utilized in the construction of Curbtender arms. It is here that weld quality and consistency is crucial to the integrity of the unit. The quality of the welding is one of a handful of upgrades the rugged Curbtender arm has seen this year. It has also received a new, more efficient saddle mount that allows for quicker mounting times, easier adjustment, and better overall reliability.

To see the robot in action, click on this link: Wayne Engineering’s Panasonic Robot.

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Panasonic is a leading manufacturer of robotic equipment and other industrial applications. You can find out more about their great line of industrial products at: http://www.panasonicfa.com/
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Waste Expo Over, Plant Expansion Nears Completion

May 13, 2008

This year’s Waste Expo in Chicago was an exciting and successful event. The McCormick Center was a great venue and we’re very thankful for all the staff and their hard work that helped make everything run smoothly. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s show.

While the Waste Expo was wrapping up, Garling Construction was also pouring the last of the concrete on the new Wayne plant expansion. The concrete will take another 30 days to cure before equipment can be moved in.

The new plant expansion effectively adds 2/3 of the current capacity and brings the plant total to over 100,000 sq ft. We are continuing to provide our customers with better products and better service thanks to the additions of our state-of-the-art equipment, professional staff, and increased plant capacity.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our plant, we encourage you to do so. If you are not able to physically visit us, you will soon be able to visit us virtually. Check back next month as we add a video tour of our manufacturing facility.