Major Losses Averted
At the request of the client, NFCA developed sand cast prototypes of a component used in commercial trucks. This component (an oil pan) went into production using another process and supplier. The engines had issues in the field. To address the problem, the customer needed to increase oil capacity in the pan. Unfortunately, to make this change using a permanent tool, it would take as long as 12 weeks.
Decreased supply time
NFCA revised their existing prototype tool and submitted samples of a larger capacity pan, in one week. Their customer approved the design and NFCA immediately began production with the modified tool. The customer was so impressed with the turn around that they had NFCA build two additional tools for them.
Adding a second shift, NFCA began providing 400 parts per week for 8 weeks until their customer arrived back on schedule with the a modified tool. This allowed the end user an immediate fix for a field issue and minimized the negative exposure in the field.
The customer saved expenses and their reputation while working with NFCA.