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Lippert Components introduces automated brake press

July 28, 2017

Elkhart, Ind. — The Chassis Division of Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has introduced an automated brake press with a robotic arm that reassigns the formerly manual process of bending cross members to join I-beams.

Team members supply the machine with stacks of laser or pressed blank I-beams. The robotic arm communicates with the brake press and creates bends in the cross members and then checks them for correct angularity.

LCI’s automated brake press is just one step the business is taking to ensure operations are run efficiently and cost effectively, but as LCI’s Technical Director of the Chassis Division explains, the state-of-the-art machinery also serves to train LCI’s team members with the latest in automation technology.

LCI’s Technical Director of the Chassis Division, Philip Wiltshire, explains, “The automated brake press has opened up many opportunities for our production and for our team members. Introducing the technology has not only helped promote safety and efficiency, but it has created learning opportunities for our team members who are now responsible for supervising and operating the new technology.”

LCI’s automated brake press is the first step in the overall automation strategy within the Chassis Division.

Watch the video here to learn more.

About LCI Industries®

From over 70 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. The Company also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions, sound systems, navigation systems, and backup cameras; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at www.lci1.com.

Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514
Email: marcom@lci1.com