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Transportation: Custom Welded Locomotive Assemblies

Locomotive assemblies 

An OEM of freight locomotives subcontracted to Nelson a series of welded assemblies of various complexities. The products are fabricated from steel sheets of 16Ga to 3/16” thick, and finished with a prime coat of liquid paint.

The program includes over 200 distinct finished products. The orders are communicated weekly in quantities aligned with the consumption rate of multiple assembly lines, across North America. Our ERP system compiles all requirements and generates production orders in lot sizes correlated with optimal material utilization and the most effective use of capacity.

The operations are scheduled daily and work is assigned in accordance to complexity and skills, while the progression of work orders is monitored in real-time by production control personnel. Quality Leaders are responsible for product inspection at each work center, once qualified finished products are either maintained in stock for future demand, or packaged and shipped just-in-time to the appropriate destination.

The multi-year record indicates 99% On Time Delivery to promised dates. The quality of the product, the ability to respond to fluctuating demand, the technical capabilities in providing reliable manufacturing solutions and the engineering competencies ensuring rigorous revision control are the main ingredients of this long-term business relationship and the guarantors of great customer satisfaction.

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locomotive welding case study

Custom Locomotive Welding Assemblies Case Study Details

Product Description
Locomotive welded assemblies
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Primary: Fabrication, Welding, Assembling
Secondary: Engineering Control, Production Control
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
NC Punching, Laser cutting, Forming, Welding, Painting, Assembling
Overall Part Dimensions
Various sizes
Material Used
Steel and stainless steel sheets
Material Finish
Powder and liquid paint
In process testing/inspection performed
Fit, form and function
Estimated Part Weight
Various weights
Industry for Use
Transportation equipment
Customer / Project Location
Caterpillar – Electromotive Division
Standards Met
ISO 9001
Volume
Varies
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