About Crown Equipment
For more than 50 years, Crown Equipment has been a leading manufacturer of world-class forklift and material handling equipment. With operations that span the globe, Crown designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports products that revolutionize the material handling industry.
During a recent round of new product releases, Crown engineers at the company’s facility in Greencastle, Indiana, needed a more efficient system to handle the extremely tight tolerances of their fabrication process. With new forklift frames requiring a variety of weld and assembly steps, Crown engineers needed a solution to help eliminate as much variation as possible.
After a full demonstration of Lincoln Electric’s Weld Sequencer™ solution, Crown quickly realized that this technology provided the type of systematic process control required by these new additions to the product line. Integrated directly into the welding cell, the user-friendly graphic interface provides operators with step-by-step guidance for even the most complex weld assemblies.
Using a simple LCD monitor mounted near the workpiece, Crown implemented the Weld Sequencer software to visually guide their operators through each step of the fabrication process. In addition to providing visual verification of weld placement and part orientation, Weld Sequencer also automatically controlled the power source so the right settings were programmed for each weld.This helped to ensure that each and every weld was made in the proper sequence with the proper settings.
“The beauty of the Weld Sequencer is that it steps the operator through the entire process, making sure they stay on track with the sequence.”
It didn’t take long for Crown to see the results. After implementing Weld Sequencer, the Greencastle team experienced process improvements and a boost in overall production efficiency, all very much valued by Crown’s engineering team. In addition to greatly improving product consistency, the Weld Sequencer has also proven helpful in training new operators—an important cost-saving factor.
“Before, when we were training a new operator, someone would have to mentor them for several weeks,” says Dan Miller, manufacturing engineer at Crown. “Now all we have to do is teach somebody to use a Weld Sequencer, and then provide support when it’s needed.”