Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing’s New Integrated, Information-Enabled Facility Delivers Parts Fast to Electrical Customers
PVC is so ubiquitous in modern life that the man-made material is well-known by its acronym alone. Technically called polyvinyl chloride, this durable, water-and-fire-resistant plastic compound is used for everything from house siding to faux-leather clothing. But it is most commonly cast into hard, white pipes, and used to contain and convey essential elements of everyday life. PVC pipes carry clean water to and through most homes and businesses in America, and 75 percent of the sanitary sewers in the United States are built using this lightweight, low-cost tubing.
Because PVC is electrically inert, it is also an ideal material for encasing power-charged wires.
Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing in Eugene, Ore., manufactures and sells about 100,000 pounds of electrical PVC pipe, elbows, sweeps and molded fittings per day. Major electrical distributors rely on Ridgeline Pipe, sometimes on short notice. That is because end users – usually electrical, mechanical and commercial building contractors – often find themselves running low on a specific product at a construction site, or realize they need a different size, color or type of fitting to meet various construction codes.
With a collective century of PVC-manufacturing experience, the founders of Ridgeline Pipe needed a nimble and efficient operation to meet the needs of the frequently unpredictable electrical market.
“We wanted a facility that allows us to react more quickly than our competitors,” said Jack Piper, engineering manager, Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing. “We needed to be able to approve a customer’s order and begin production within minutes, rather than the one or two days it takes larger competitors.”
Medical Equipment OEM Delivers High-Performance Motion Solution in Small Footprint for Device Maker
One of the world’s largest medical-device companies tapped CKC Engineering to design and develop a custom microbore tubing spooler machine for a new extrusion plant. The main goal was to create a system that would operate at an extremely low tension set point, while automatically handling tubing coming in at varying speeds and tensions.
CKC Engineering, using Intergrated Architecture from Rockwell Automation, provided tight integration and communication, with a high-performance, integrated-motion package that fits in a small footprint. The solution also provided faster development and installation time, thanks to a programming environment that provides reusable code for similar machines, and identical coding for PAC and servo drives helped simplified programming and save time.