The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is a valuable state resource and an important part of Pelco’s team. Our significant modernization and integration of advanced manufacturing technologies just wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Barber met with Steve Parduhn and other leaders to discuss objectives and how to incorporate advanced manufacturing technology and concepts into production operations. To help create maximum efficiency and meet future capacity goals, Barber brought in Rajesh Krishnamurthy, an applications engineer working for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. Krishnamurthy has vast experience in plant layout and design. He examined flow, digitizing certain processes to create a computerized model of production movement. This allowed Krishnamurthy and managers to test different scenarios without having to shift actual equipment or combine tasks. The virtual simulations even let Pelco test new technologies without having pieces onsite.
Optimal schemes were established for individual functions and those processes were then transferred to the real-world factory floor. Together, they were coordinated and streamlined to create the most efficient overall operations. New equipment was purchased and advanced manufacturing concepts like additive manufacturing stations and robotic welding cells were integrated. Krishnamurthy is currently working to install a company-wide Industrial Internet of Things system.
Pelco is now a statewide advocate for the adoption of new technologies, often hosting tours and making presentations to manufacturing groups.