Our customer came to Ajax because they had problems holding tolerances on an aluminum bracket with a square notch. It is a safety component on a consumer small appliance, so it has to be right. We designed a strengthening gusset that lets the part work-harden, while maintaining dimensional integrity within .5°.
When the customer moved manufacturing to China, they retooled everything except our part. The offshore operation couldn’t meet the functional requirements. As a result, we didn’t lose a client—we gained a market. Our volume has increased from 50,000 parts a year for the U.S. market to nearly a million parts a year globally.
|Product Description||Progressive stamped aluminum bracket with square notch|
|Capabilities Applied/Processes||Progressive metal stamping|
|Tightest Tolerance||.005 inch and .5° +/-|
|Material Thickness||.125 inch|
|Material Used||5052 H34 aluminum|
|Industry for Use||Consumer appliance|
|Volume||1 million annualy|
|Product Name||Pressure safety lock|
|Project Scope||Product re-design; material selection; rapid prototyping; production tooling|
|Design Work||Rapid prototyping; production tooling|