Fawn Industries, a Hunt Valley, Md., maker of injection molded parts and electronic printed circuit boards, has introduced the TallyPRO 2000 data-collection device. Fawn developed TallyPRO for its own use, but others who came into Fawn's manufacturing facilities liked the idea so much the company decided to market it, spokeswoman Julie Franzone said.
TallyPRO 2000 replaces the clipboard at the injection molding press, offering a quick, computerized way to track and count defective parts. As a stand-alone unit, TallyPRO 2000 will constantly display the four most frequently entered defects and their respective locations on the component, providing real time information.
By scrolling through the entire memory, the operator has access to all entries or can request totals for a particular defect. Up to 34 TallyPRO units can be connected to a single personal computer.
TallyPRO 2000 has 20 available buttons for indicating location on a component. It has 10 spaces with corresponding data entry buttons for indicating types of defects such as scratches, warping, paint overspray, black specks and dirt.
Franzone said many of the components Fawn molds have as many as six value-added operations and the TallyPRO allows them to track defects for the component from molding process through finished product.
Fawn has two custom injection molding facilities, one near Ra-leigh, N.C., and another near Knoxville, Tenn., that mold components primarily for the automotive industry.
The company's electronics division, also near Raleigh, does contract electronics manufacturing primarily for the consu-mer/business products industry. A sales and engineering office is in Detroit.
Founded in 1953, privately held Fawn Industries employs about 750 and last year had $55 million in sales.
TallyPRO costs $549. A software package is sold separately for $395. Orders received before March 1 will get the software package free.
For more information, contact (800) 232-3296.