Part of a large corporation and gearing up for growth, an air compressor manufacturer required the machining of gray iron parts with tightly specified bore tolerance. Gray iron (the most common cast iron; graphite fractures make it gray) perfectly fits into Stecker’s strengths.
Like so many other manufacturers, the company struggled with supply chain issues. Finding additional sources for their components was a smart move, with the highest performers gaining the lion’s share of future volume. The initial package volume was 100 to 3,000 annually, a significant range. While 100-500 parts per year is on the low end for Stecker — higher volumes maximize setup and run efficiency, making them cost competitive — being part of a larger package results in this work being a win.
Stecker built tooling and ran initial PPAP samples in a very tight timeframe. Issues were worked through (not uncommon for a part of this complexity) and have been released for production. Machining is done on a 630mm Horizontal CNC Machining Center.
The air compressor manufacturer is a good fit for Stecker; both companies’ visions and missions align, and both appreciate a long-term partnership. The customer ramped up production as Stecker ramped up capacity, which allowed machining costs to stay very competitive.