Problem: A customer's air nozzle assembly had 110 individual components with 3 different sheet metal thicknesses. The prints required the assembly to be riveted and then silicone sealed.
Solution: Northern was able to reduce all of the sheet metal parts to a single thickness through creative press brake forming. We also eliminated the riveting and sealing requirements by replacing them with gas tight laser welding. Total components reduced from 110 to 28.
Results: We were able to reduce the number of components in the assembly from 110 to 28 and the laser weld was functionally superior to the previous sealing process. These efforts gave our customer a 22% cost reduction