Transportation: Custom Welded 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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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