Work in Process Steel Rack
Push by hand or move with fork truck; for incoming raw material storage or in process material staging
Reduced cost through better design
Loyal customer since 2010
Paid 25% more for prototype but then able to reduce number of racks by half
Automotive (Tier one to OEM)
Katayama America Co., Inc. (KACI) requested a rack to transport a very long part in-house. They needed the ability to stack three racks on top of one another when loading because of space constraints.
How it was used
Carry vehicle door components.
Unique about the specs
After evaluating the customer’s concept, we determined the rack was not structurally adequate to hold the specified load. We redesigned the rack using Autodesk Inventor™ with stress analysis to determine proper material size and weight.
We specified re-enforcements of stacking points, proper fork truck pickup points, caster sizes and material to be used--making the rack safer. They were able to stack more racks to save floor space with the additional casters added and the type added. Overall, our recommendations made it a lot easier and safer to move the rack by hand.
Unique about how we helped the customer
Even though they paid 25% more for the rack than initially planned, they only ended up needing half the racks.
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What people are saying
"[Valence] has always been a company that can design innovative solutions for material handling needs. They are competitive in their fabrication costs and dependable on their deliveries."
- Former Materials Manager. Katayama America Co