Manheim, Pennsylvania -- Fenner Precision, which makes custom belts, pulleys, tyres and rollers for multimedia, motion-control and power-transmission applications, says that it has now developed solutions for customers which reduce costs and increase efficiency.
"Original equipment manufacturers who are embracing leaner manufacturing methods understand the need to work with suppliers who can add value to their product and design, as well as maintain on-time delivery," said Tony Watts, group marketing manager at Fenner Precision, in a 19 March statement.
Fenner has plants in Manheim, as well as in Buffalo, New York, and Lincoln in the UK, and uses polyurethanes and other elastomers for its product range, often custom designed.Consumer printers, office machines, mail-handling machines and money-handling equipment are major outlets for Fenner Precision's belts,tyres and rollers.
Fenner Precision says its solutions are based on "three primary value-added principles: design, breadth of products, and speed and support."
The group's application engineering team works with clients' engineers to select the right configuration and products for a project.
"Our engineers are cross-trained on all of our products which helps expedite the selection or design process of a system," Watts said. "The earlier our application engineers are involved in a project, the more cost effective it becomes for our client."
Companies that involve a supplier in the design process had an average cost savings of 12.9 percent to 17.5 percent and 10 percent to 20 percent in quality and cycle time improvements, according to an Aberdeen Group study.
Fenner Precision's range -- timing belts, StretchBands, tyres and Winthane rollers - means it can offer customers solutions for conveying, transfer, motion control, and power transmission.
By sourcing these from one supplier, "buyers can save time and reduce vendor numbers, as well as administrative paperwork, approvals and certifications," Watts said. "We are a one-stop shop for products used in multimedia movement applications, including paper propulsion."
Fenner Precision's custom design and manufacturing service includes liquid moulding, a full range of materials and formulations, and in-house tooling. Added to its engineering expertise, these enable Fenner to offer OEM partners freedom of design for most applications, the company said.
According to Fenner, it works with customers on delivery schedules to ensure on-time delivery, and continues to invest in technology to increase speed and accuracy of shipments, such as recently installed automatic packaging equipment at Manheim.
Each of its plants has well-staffed R&D laboratories. The group's global sales force serves three continents and last autumn added a new sales office near Dusseldorf, Germany, to support central Europe, the company pointed out.
"Whether it's technical resources, equipment, or physical space, Fenner Precision is committed to investing in our facilities," Watts said. "This core value provides us the flexibility to offer our clients the continual improvement in product and delivery that they demand."
Fenner's other products include custom-moulded, liquid cast polyurethane products for shock dampening and abrasion resistance, as well as squeegee applications. Additionally, Fenner Precision makes silicone-moulded parts and polychloroprene seals and diaphragms for offshore applications, and speciality coated fabrics for low-friction, high-temperature uses.