Walter USA Receives Industry Award

Walter and Engman-Taylor collaborated to revamp production processes for Mennie Machine and won the ISA American Eagle Excellence in Industry award because of it.

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Walter USA, together with channel partner Engman-Taylor, has won the ISA American Eagle Excellence in Industry award presented by the Industrial Supply Association and given based on contributions to industry. The award was presented at the association’s 2017 Annual Convention held in Denver, Colorado.

Walter and Engman-Taylor collaborated to revamp production processes for Mennie Machine, a Tier One automotive supplier in Mark, Illinois, and ultimately provided more than $1.4 million in savings for the company in the first year on its fuel pump housing head production. Walter used Walter Multiply, a comprehensive program to analyze the entire existing production process. Based on the findings, the project team decided to pursue a package that included complete part reprocessing, an improved tooling package and new cutting parameters.

The solution reduced cycle time by 32 percent and tooling costs by 15 percent, along with eliminating three machines and some manual deburring from the process. Because of all the changes, the scrap rate and tool breakage was reduced significantly, while improving the overall quality of the finished product.