Waupaca Foundry’s VA/VE Process Cuts Waste, Increases Efficiency
VA/VE support helps buyers reduce costs, improve function
Value Analysis (VA) and Value Engineering (VE) processes focus on collaborating to streamline manufacturing and eliminate waste from the iron casting supply chain.
When faced with tough value management challenges from OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, Waupaca Foundry delivers. The foundry’s teamwork-based approach to VA/VE support involves evaluating a cast iron component—raw or machined—across multiple areas, including function, cost, design and ease of manufacturing. 3-D laser scans, digital imaging and 3-D computer modeling, such as MAGMA® iron flow and Arena-flow® sand flow simulations, ensure iron castings are high quality and consistently made to specification, time after time. VA/VE can be combined with complementary techniques aimed at optimizing the manufacturing process.
Click on the case studies below to discover how Waupaca Foundry has helped OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers increase efficiency, remove waste and cut costs through VA/VE support.
Collaboration That's a Cut Above
Collaborating with a global leader in commercial turf and lawn care equipment, Waupaca Foundry worked to drive out costs from a mower bumper cast in gray iron, and thereby enhanced the zero-turn commercial mower’s performance.
Out-of-the-Box Thinking Leads to Robust Feeder Housing Assembly
Using lessons learned from a past design success, Waupaca Foundry collaborated with a global leader in farm equipment and ag technology on a high-capacity combine. Our recommendation for a solution was somewhat counter-intuitive—increase the number of parts on the feeder housing assembly.
Reshoring Helps Home Fitness Company Meet Consumer Demand
A U.S.-based fitness equipment manufacturer localized three new assembly and manufacturing lines, as well as a majority of its parts and component supply chain. Ballooning consumer demand for at-home exercise accessories strained its off-short supply chain. Partnering with Waupaca Foundry as its casting supplier allows the company to save money and streamline assembly processes within the United States.
Industry Collaboration Leads to Groundbreaking New Product Development
Oil Tool Solutions (OTS) originally sought out a domestic supplier to develop and produce its Hulk clamp used in down-hole oil production. Once in discussion with Waupaca Foundry, OTS changed course in order to expand in new markets by redesigning and creating a smaller-diameter and longer, second-generation clamp.
When to Collaborate on Casting Designs
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