Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, a major manufacturer of advanced sealing products, sought out Marlin Steel to design a container to heat cure rubberized oil seals for auto production. The manufacturer was already using a steel mesh basket for that task, but it wanted a more sophisticated solution to facilitate its Production Part Approval Process, or PPAP. Suppliers to the North American auto industry need to follow a PPAP to meet standards established by the Auto Industry Action Group (AIAG), a quality control organization.
Marlin engineers designed a sheet metal basket with 30 compartments that allowed the customer to better track its workflow of oil seals. In a department that produces millions of parts per week, the baskets aided PPAP accountability and eliminated the need for an additional person to track flow, a Freudenberg process engineer said. Continue reading