July 7, 2006
Business First of Louisville
Brent Adams, Business First Staff Writer
Toyota contract is latest step in Indesco's growth plan.
2002, a group of employees of IDC Engineering Inc. were at
a crossroads. The 27-year-old company's founder, John W. Kircher,
died in August 2001, and IDC was struggling financially.
Holladay Jr., Linda Miller and John Jones saw potential in
IDC's custom manufacturing machinery business and didn't want
to give up on the company.
they purchased the assets of IDC from parent company Alpha
Group USA and formed Indesco Inc.
designs and builds manufacturing machines for various industries,
but it has carved a niche in the automotive industry.
company also installs electronic production-control systems
and works with clients to reconfigure production space for
month, the business that was on the brink of extinction just
four years earlier struck its most promising deal: a contract
with Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc.
hired Indesco to develop and manufacture equipment that will
assist in the installation of transmissions at the Japanese
automaker's Toyota Tundra plants in Princeton, Ind., and Toronto.
was a contract Indesco had sought since March after learning
about it from another Toyota supplier, said Dan Perkins, Indesco's
regional sales manager for the Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois
officials declined to disclose the value of the contract,
but Perkins said it "could be a catalyst that propels
Indesco to a whole new level."
contract itself is not what we would consider a large contract
by any stretch of the imagination," he said. "But
we've cracked the door (with Toyota), and the potential for
future business is huge."
Higginbotham, a purchasing agent at Toyota Motor Manufacturing's
North American headquarters in Erlanger, Ky., said it is possible
for companies that prove themselves to parlay a small contract
into something bigger.
typically start suppliers off with smaller projects and build
from there," Higginbotham said. "Certainly there
are opportunities for companies to do repeat work once they
meets Toyota's needs
As Toyota increases production at plants across North America,
small companies such as Indesco could stand to gain valuable
contracts, Higginbotham said.
need more vendors that can carry the load," he said.
"We always look at a supplier's previous experience in
the auto industry and how their product matches with our needs."
who visited Indesco's plant for an inspection before Toyota
awarded the supplier contract, said Toyota officials felt
comfortable with Indesco because of its proximity to the automaker's
plants and because of its track record in the auto industry.
Indesco also showed the ability to provide Toyota with a machine
it needed in a timely manner, Higginbotham said.
had the advantage of being a smaller company," Higginbotham
said. "They were able to be flexible and meet our needs."
industry key to Indesco's future.
As automakers relocate more operations to the southeastern
United States and refine their production processes, Indesco
officials confidently are considering all the opportunities
that might arise.
custom designs and builds equipment used on assembly lines
to carry out tasks such as installing seats in automobiles
or steam-stretching material for headliners.
company has done work for Ford Motor Co. and Ford supplier
much of Indesco's focus is on the Asian automakers, Holladay
want to grow as they grow," Holladay said. "We have
given a lot of attention to the Asian (automakers) because
it is the market that's growing, but we haven't turned our
back on the U.S. market."
awarded national contract with JCI...
Holladay, President and CEO of Indesco, Inc. 1815 Commerce
Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40208, telephone 502-634-6010 has
announced that Indesco was recently awarded a national contract
with Johnson Controls, Inc as a supplier of ovens for JCI
seating and trim plants located across the United States.
designed the ovens originally for the JCI plant located in
Shelbyville, Kentucky. Over a period of several months, the
ovens were used and tested, and newer idea’s developed,
from which the final design came from prior to the awarding
of the national agreement.
Inc., is a Manufacturer of Custom Automation, Assembly and
Material Handling Machinery and Custom Electrical Controls
in automotive, white appliance, metal and plastics industries.
Indesco approved supplier for Toyota...
Indesco approved supplier for Toyota Corporation
Mr. Dan Perkins, Senior Sales Engineer
at Indesco, Louisville, Kentucky received a phone call late
yesterday afternoon (5-15-06) from Toyota Corporation (corporate
office Erlanger, KY). The 6-week audit of Indesco by Toyota
Indesco Inc. has been approved as a new supplier and a vendor
# was given. Dan and Indesco was awarded our 1st PO to produce
20 transmission shooters for the Tundra 180L at the Toyota
plant in Princeton Indiana.
What great news! Indesco Inc. is a member of the “Supplier
Family” at Toyota. Toyota was recently list #11 out
of the top 20 companies in the world.
Inc. will be attending Toyota’s orientation (TPS) for
new suppliers in Princeton, Indiana.
Indesco will be getting business opportunities at Toyota for
Custom Design. Manual and Automated Machinery. Capital Equipment
and Control System Integration (pc/plc).
is located just 1 and ½ hours from Toyota’s main
3 facilities in the USA. Georgetown, Kentucky. Princeton,
Indiana and Lafayette, Indiana.
Robots to Keep It lean...
Manufacturing & Technology / Facory Automation
Joe Nizzi, Indesco Inc. Louisville, KY
Using robots to keep it lean!
just use a robot to cut the work force and say I’m running
a lean operation. You may have just replaced good manpower
with an expensive piece of equipment that will require more
time from your engineering and maintenance staff for upkeep
and repair. Remember that “lean,” means the reduction
of waste in all forms; capitol expenditures, manpower, materials,
Work In Process (WIP), cycle times, etc.
a systems integrator we get to see a lot more applications
of lean both good and bad (any try at lean is a good thing,
just keep at it) than the engineers and maintenance personnel
in a fixed factory location. This article gives a few examples
of how some of our customers have used robots for productivity
gains, health and safety improvements and increased quality
which all translate to “lean”. You’ll find
us asking questions that will help you think in our world
by stepping outside and looking back in.
customer needed to increase production to keep up with increased
sales. We identified an operation that was a good application
for robot welding. The use of a robot weld cell freed up 4
welders 2 per shift (this provided a reduction in the amount
of additional skilled temporary help that needed to be hired
on a seasonal basis), consistent part quality was achieved
and the material handler could be used to load and unload
the cell which he was already tending. The Return on Investment
(ROI) on this application was estimated at less than six months.
were called in by a manufacturer of heavy cast parts, he was
working a project to keep the product from going off shore,
increase productivity and remove operators from injury prone
jobs. He then looked at equipment that had to be added to
do the same work that his employees were doing, armed with
this information, system integrators were asked to quote a
system which included two robots and a flat top chain conveyor
per his layout so that all the integrators quoted the same
concept. After the presentation was made, we went back and
asked if the two machines that the robots were loading and
unloading could be moved as the cycle time of both machines
were the same and there was no need for a WIP between the
two. There was no reason from the customer’s standpoint
that the machines could not be moved. We then told him that
we would give him a concept and a quotation that that would
require only one robot, use less floor space, remove operators
from injury prone jobs and eliminate WIP between the two machines
with good possibility of increasing production.
does not always mean an increase in production but still can
show an increase in profitability. A robot was set-up to apply
a two part epoxy, the operator was still needed to load the
reflector half of the head lamp assembly and to unload and
apply the lens to the reflector .The lean (savings) came from
reduced usage of epoxy, reduce (almost eliminated) scrap and
stabilized cycle and TAKT times which reduced the WIP.
you are looking at going lean, the use of a robot is a good
place to start, talk to a systems integrator as they have
“been there and done that”. Ask them what the
pitfalls and benefits are. Remember the robot is there to
improve quality, reduce scrap, increase production, provide
flexibility and remove safety and ergonomic issues that may
have been present. Now move forward, educate your work force
and keep America lean and strong