CASE STUDY

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

 300+ projects

Paid 25% more for prototype but then able to reduce number of racks by half

Industry

Automotive (Tier one to OEM)

The “ask” 

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.

Capabilities

PROTOTYPE

SHORT-RUN 

Steps

1.

Confirm Scope

2.

"Go & See" Daily Application

6.

Saw Cut

7.

Plasma Burn

3.

3D Model

8.

Weld

4.

Confirm Design

9.

Paint

5.

Manufacture Prints

10.

Stencil Safety Warning

11.

Prototype Evaluation

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

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