Meeting Short-Term Production Needs

CASE STUDY #5

Customer:

A U.S. manufacturer of undercarriage assemblies.

Challenge:

Cogmatic supplies this customer with variously fabricated crawler sprockets for undercarriage assemblies. Many of these sprockets required specialized customer specs, including unique designs, unusual tooth forms or were low volume specials. For most of their higher volume undercarriage assemblies, the customer had been using machined cast sprockets. When transportation costs and overseas lead times escalated, they found they were no longer able to meet all of their customers’ demands.

Cogmatic Solution:

They approached Cogmatic for quotes on a number of parts that were castings. Cogmatic has been fabricating the needed parts and enabling them to meet and satisfy their customers’ demands.

When the company’s sales team learned more about Cogmatic’s involvement, they asked their Purchasing department to inquire if Cogmatic could make parts for “old” undercarriage assemblies that were no longer in production. Now, Cogmatic is fabricating small production orders to continue keeping their customers’ equipment in the field.

The Rest of the Story:

September 25, 2012, Customer Follow-up

When shipping costs, production runs and lead times stretched out, the customer found that the only way to satisfy their customers was to come to Cogmatic for custom fabricated sprockets.

We are aware, as anyone, that manufacturers in developing countries can produce machined castings at incredibly low cost. But, to use that advantage, companies must have a clear view of production requirements and plenty of lead time.

When the market changes, product requirements shifts or customers won’t wait for the “slow boat to arrive”, Cogmatic can step up to the task and help smooth out production requirements with fabricated parts.

EXPECT US TO MEET YOUR HIGH VOLUME SPROCKET MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES

 

 

CASE STUDY LIST

View Cogmatic solutions to specific, yet different customer challenges below:

DESIGN ENGINEERING SUPPORT
Fabricating New Rotator Gears

CHAIN WEAR & BREAKAGE
Solid Sprocket Corrects Chain Wear and Breakage

REDUCING MAINTENANCE DOWNTIME
Flame Machined Parts reduce Downtime

RE-ENGINEERING CHALLENGES
Replacement for Worn-Out Gear… when all you have is a pinion

SMOOTHING OUT A TOOTH FORM
Early Chain and Sprocket Wear… resolved with a modified Tooth Design

OH, BY THE WAY…
We want you to quote on this really big gear, but can you make an even bigger one first? And right away?

Cogmatic’s Fabrication Turnaround yields High-Volume Sprocket Manufacturing

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Custom Crawler Sprockets for Undercarriage subassemblies