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Bull Metal Products Answers “the call”

BULL METAL PRODUCTS answers “the call”…our customer’s call for a custom fabricated industrial cart designed for a particular use.

Meyer Gage in South Windsor, CT (http://www.meyergage.com/company/), manufacturers of pin gages and related precision inspection products, had been thinking about the concept of a mobile, quality inspection center for a number of years.  They had considered some of the standard industrial carts on the market, but were not able to find one that satisfied their requirements.

Meyer places “the call” to Bull

Bull Metal Products has been manufacturing Meyer Gage’s custom 4 drawer pin kit library cabinets for over 10 years, so it was only natural for James Meyer to contact us when he was ready to bring the mobile quality inspection center to life.  He was fully aware of our custom fabrication capabilities working with sheet metal, rigid wire, and light gage tubing.

Bull answers “the call”

After several meetings (including the classic napkin sketch), enough information was gathered to make a prototype for hands-on evaluation, and limited test market presentations.  Several requirements were critical to Meyer Gage; 1) it must hold a minimum of 2 Meyer Gage Pin Kit Library cabinets.  2) the carts had to safely carry up to 250 lbs, 3) the foot print had to be minimized to allow the cart to get close to work centers, 4) it must be stable when in motion, 5) it must have a work surface and tool storage tray.

Bull designs and fabricates the cart.

After several modifications to the initial sample, Bull Metal Products had satisfied our customer’s requirements, and the 1st production order was placed.  Meyer Gage is very pleased with the end product and the whole process from Sales, Design & Engineering, Sampling, to the delivery of the initial production parts.

Meyer Gage Cart

Meyer Gage mobile quality inspection center (http://www.gageshop.com/product/tool-cart/); cart and cabinets designed and produced by Bull Metal Products, Inc.

NEMA 1TYPE ELECTRICAL ENCLOSURE

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We recently completed a NEMA 1 Type Electrical Enclosure project for a major player in the gas detection industry. This NEMA 1 Type enclosure is key lockable and has two rear keyhole slots and two drilled holes for secure wall mounting. The front cover is designed to accommodate  a LCD display, six LCD lights and has an opening to connect and install a keypad. The interior has 10 pems to mount circuit boards and back up power supply. The top and bottom have three and the right side has four predrilled holes to accommodate wiring and connectors. The enclosure measures 10.5″W x 12.5″H x 2.5″D and is finished in a dark gray powder coat.

Bull Metal has been designing and manufacturing custom electrical enclosures for over 62 years. Please contact us anytime to help you design and manufacture your next enclosure project.

 

ON-SHORING IS “GREENER” THAN OFF-SHORING

Being “Green” and importing can be mutually exclusive.

The ecological buzz word for the past number of years is “Green”.  How “Green” are you, and your company?

We all know domestic manufacturing has a tough time competing with imported products –particularly products from Southeast Asia and Mexico at this time.  As a country or a geographic area’s standard of living rises, wages rise, thus raising manufacturing costs.  In the US, we have earned a high standard of living, thus higher wage rates.

The playing field is not level.

However, we are not only challenged by the lower wages paid in some other countries. There are many other costs that American manufacturers bear that increase the cost of our products – such as; unemployment insurance, employers contribution to Social Security and Medicare withholdings, workman’s compensation insurance, OSHA safety compliance, environmental compliance requirements, and a whole host of other overlapping laws, and regulations.

In the old days, our “Yankee ingenuity” in machine design and other industrial engineering concepts help us to increase our widgets/hour count so we could overcome a significant portion of the cheaper foreign labor.  Our prices were not out of sight in comparison to imported products, especially when quality was considered.  Our quality was far superior to many imported products.  But, today the quality of many imported products is much improved, and considered equal to or sometimes even better than domestically produced items.

How Committed to “Green” are you?

So, back to the point of this blog; can you be truly “Green” if you import products from 2nd or 3rd world countries??

Many 2nd and most 3rd world countries do not have much concern for the environment as they chase the “all mighty” buck (yen, peso, yuan, etc).  Air and water pollution run rampant.  Worker safety standards are lax.  On the one hand you can understand the desire to economically improve the standard of living for their citizens, albeit at the risk of their health and the ruination of the environment.  In my view, it is a sin against humanity and mother earth for these countries to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the volumes of information that has been developed over the past 75-100 years with regard to being good stewards of the earth from an environmental perspective.

So, the next time you consider off-shoring a component part over a domestic manufacturer, you should ask yourself how deep your commitment to being Green” is.  If we all were deeply committed to be environmentally “Green” then the competition that drives us to off-shore lowest cost pricing (and highest pollution pricing) would be reduced.  We would all compete with each other at pricing that reduced the negative impact of manufacturing on our planet.

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