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OEM Report: Automotive

Breathe easy

By Russ Olexa

October 2009- If there were ever a product that's greater than the sum of its parts, it's an automobile. That's not to say, though, that each component of a car, truck or van is not critical in its own way.

The obvious winners in terms of importance are under the hood: engine, transmission, coolant. One often-overlooked element of every automobile is the seat. Drivers and passengers alike tend to take for granted the comfort seats provide--no one wants to return to the days of covered wagons, when people endured long, bumpy rides while sitting on wooden planks with no back support.

More likely than not, companies that produce automotive seats don't get a great deal of recognition. But for employees of Toyo Seat USA Corp., Imlay City, Mich., they can take a deep breath and know that the products they helped manufacture made someone's ride more comfortable.

And thanks to an air filtration system on the company's welding line, Toyo Seat USA's employees are breathing easier.

Growing pains
As its plant grew, the company added various air-filtration systems at the facility. Workers still spotted smoke, though, and some fume collectors caught fire. "Management made the decision to renew its commitment to air filtration by making the investment needed to capture all fumes, reduce the risk of fires and improve employee safety," according to a press release.

Thus, Ken Swanstrom, programs planning manager, decided to purchase RoboVentair-filtration products from Great Lakes Air Technologies Inc., Clawson, Mich.

That was six years ago, and since that time, the company has never looked back. And the RoboVent system's positive impact has been twofold--it improved air quality inside the plant, and it bolstered productivity and employee motivation.

Additionally, according to Tim Dufort, plant superintendent, even outsiders have noticed the difference the air-filtration system has made.

"We have people visit here and say, 'This is a welding shop?'" he says.

Science 101
After the RoboVent air-filtration system was installed, air sampling took place, and significant improvements were found.

These include lower airborne concentrations of arsenic, particulate matter and oil fume, welding fume and mercury vapor. FFJ

Sources

  • RoboVent, a division of Great Lakes Air Technologies Inc.
    Clawson Mich.
    phone: 248/655-1800
    www.robovent.com
    e-mail: info@robovent.com

  • Toyo Seat USA Corp.
    Imlay City, Mich.
    phone: 810/724-0300
    www.toyoseat.co.jp

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Company Profiles

AIR FILTRATION

IRONWORKERS

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Trilogy Machinery Inc. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
Camfil APC - Replacement Filters

LASER TECHNOLOGY

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC. Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

BENDING/FOLDING

Mazak Optonics Corp.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. MC Machinery Systems Inc. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC Murata Machinery, USA, Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SecturaSOFT

BEVELING

TRUMPF Inc. Davi Inc. SigmaTEK Systems LLC
Steelmax Tools LLC

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Trilogy Machinery Inc. Striker Systems

COIL PROCESSING

MTS Sensors

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

STAMPING/PRESSES

Bradbury Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

Mate Precision Tooling AIDA-America Corp.
Burghardt + Schmidt Group Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc. Rolleri USA

STEEL

Butech Bliss UFP Industrial

PRESS BRAKES

Alliance Steel
Red Bud Industries

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

AMADA AMERICA, INC.

TUBE & PIPE

Tishken Advanced Gauging Technologies Automec Inc. BLM Group

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

MC Machinery Systems Inc. Prudential Stainless & Alloys
Mayfran International Cincinnati Inc. SafanDarley

WATERJET

DEBURRING/FINISHING

LVD Strippit

PUNCHING

Barton International
ATI Industrial Automation Scotchman Industries Inc. Hougen Manufacturing Flow International Corporation
Lissmac Corp. Trilogy Machinery Inc.

SAWING

Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
Osborn

METAL FORMING

Behringer Saws Inc. Omax Corp.
SuperMax Tools FAGOR Arrasate USA Inc. Cosen Saws

WELDING

Timesavers MetalForming Inc. DoALL Sawing American Weldquip

HYDRAULIC PRESSES

MICROFINISHING TOOLS

HE&M Saw Strong Hand Tools
Beckwood Press Co. Titan Tool Supply Inc. Savage Saws T. J. Snow Company
Triform

 

 

 


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