Soon after NPE2018, Piovan SpA subsidiary Universal Dynamics Inc. (Booth W1923) is moving to a highly automated "fresh slate" factory and new headquarters in Fredericksburg, Va.
Una-Dyn budgeted $10 million for the multifaceted 18-month effort to relocate about 35 miles from Woodbridge, Va. Una-Dyn has operated in Virginia since 1957.
Manufacturing in Una-Dyn's two existing production facilities in Woodridge suffers from circuitous and duplicitous routings between various functions and are regarded as inefficient.
In a prelude to the move, Una-Dyn began aggressively adopting "kaizen" lean principles in 2013. Una-Dyn incorporated lean manufacturing techniques to streamline its production of auxiliary equipment.
"We plan to double capacity in a couple of years," with enhanced product lines and product ranges, Bill Goldfarb, Una-Dyn president, said in a telephone interview.
In a series of changes, Una-Dyn will begin U.S. manufacturing of certain equipment that it sources now from parent firm Piovan in Santa Maria di Sala, Italy.
The planned smooth-running production systems in Fredericksburg will receive sheet metal, pipe and other raw materials and efficiently pull those elements through factory in a continuous path to workstations for smaller equipment.
Steps will include component manufacturing, fabrication, welding, preassembly and final assembly of smaller dryers, blenders, size-reduction units and hoppers.
Larger equipment receives different treatment.
Four dedicated work cells will manufacture large-scale dryers, crystallizers, bulk conveying systems and automated processing assemblies. "We buy the motors, solenoids and connectors," Goldfarb said.
Una-Dyn will install automated systems for the 73,000-square-foot warehouse and transport components to workstations. Aspects of the enterprise-resource planning system "can fill kits" as needed, Goldfarb said.