CHICAGO — Rogan Corp. this year will invest about $2.5 million to add equipment and convert its Northbrook, Ill., factory to cell manufacturing.
The company, which makes thermoplastic elastomer knobs, has been tailoring its manufacturing headquarters to the new layout for the past two years and hopes to gain more ground in 1998, according to Susan Johnson, an inside sales representative. She discussed Rogan's plans at the National Design Engineering Show, held recently in Chicago.
The restructuring combines manufacturing processes in small workstations, eliminating the need for employees to cart parts all over the factory for finishing.
``Before, everything was separated and laid out all over the plant,'' Johnson said. ``Now we have functions like drill and tap next to the marking department.''
In the practical design, Rogan's receiving department also is closer to the molding area. The firm expects the new layout to be much more efficient, saving it time and money, Johnson said.
To equip each workstation, the Northbrook manufacturer will continue to invest in new machinery, such as molding and drilling units, and injection presses.
Rogan does not expect its plans to cramp the quarters at its 40,000-square-foot facility or significantly affect its employment roster of about 100, she said.
The firm makes custom knobs of TPEs and other plastics for devices such as exercise equipment, camera tripods and medical devices. The firm produces rubberized clamp knobs that feature soft exteriors and an assortment of color options.
With annual sales of $10 million, Rogan expects to post $12.5 million in annual sales by 2000.