Redesigning of Manufacturing Process for Joint Assembly for the Solar Industry

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A customer in the solar industry contracted Milwaukee Forge to redesign the manufacturing process for a joint assembly. Originally, the manufacturer’s machine components were using bar stock or plate steel materials. We were able to redesign the manufacturing process and create a near net shaped component utilizing our forging process.

This change resulted in an increased cost savings and a 30% boost in customer machining efficiency. The assembly was forged using A105 carbon steel, holding a tight tolerance of .030”. The finished product was subjected to a normalizing heat treatment procedure for increased longevity and uniformity. 18,000 units were manufactured in a turnaround time of 6 weeks, and shipped to the customer in Mexico.

In addition to providing high quality custom forged products, Milwaukee Forge is dedicated to customer success. We work as partners to identify cost cutting opportunities and improve manufacturing efficiency, allowing clients to experience increased growth in their industry. For more information about this solar forging project, or the process engineering capabilities available please see the table below or contact us directly.

Project Highlights

Product DescriptionJoint Assembly
Capabilities Applied/ProcessesPrimary:
Equipment Used to Manufacture PartPress
Tightest Tolerances.030
Material UsedA-105
In Process Testing/Inspection PerformedCertificate of Conformance
Industry for UseSolar
Delivery/Turnaround Time6 weeks
Delivery LocationMexico
Standards MetCustomer Specifications, 3D Pro-E Drawing
Product NameCase