BTB 42: OPTIMIZING CAPACITY
Published on: Monday 4th April 2016
63 MORTON AVE, BRANTFORD
In June 2015 Tigercat purchased a 7 400 m² (80,000 ft²) building across the road from the Tigercat head offi ce at 54 Morton Ave. After extensive upgrades, the facility was opened in November 2015 as Tigercat’s main spare parts warehouse, customer service centre and component rebuild facility.
A dedicated team spent four months moving thousands of parts across the street from 54 Morton Ave to the new warehouse and all the while customer orders never stopped shipping. The rebuild department also moved into its new space. New cranes have been installed and two state-of-the-art hydraulic system test cells are nearing completion. Brian Jonker, Tigercat parts manager, says, “The larger space along with ongoing IT improvements allow us to be more effi cient and provide higher quality of service and quicker parts shipments to our customers.”
54 MORTON AVE, BRANTFORD
With the spare parts team moved out of 54 Morton Ave, the plant has undergone extensive improvements and upgrades to transform it into Tigercat’s cab manufacturing facility. The office will continue to house administration and technical publications. All Tigercat machine cabs will be produced at 54 Morton from raw steel fabrication to final paint and interior equipment installation. The plug and play cabs improve the overall assembly process.
Investments include a new 4,000 watt laser cutter, two new brake presses and all new programmable welding equipment. A new blast unit and paint system is currently being added that will complete the plant refit. “We have a great team of Tigercat employees drawn from other locations and 54 Morton will be a showcase for our lean manufacturing capabilities,” says Jason Iles, plant manager for the cab production team. Moving cab weldment manufacturing from Tigercat’s Woodstock, Ontario plant will allow that facility to increase its capacity to supply upper frames and undercarriages for Tigercat swing machines.
140 CONSOLIDATED DRIVE, PARIS
Since track machine manufacturing has now transitioned to Tigercat’s new plant at 160 Consolidated Drive in Paris, the former track machine plant at 140 Consolidated Drive has been dedicated to production of forwarders and wheeled harvesters. The plant covers 3 300 m² (35,000 ft²) and has been renovated and updated for maximum productivity.
“This new space will allow us to meet increasing demand and have the ability to handle future growth of Tigercat cut-to-length products,” says Ken Shantz, plant manager at 140 Consolidated Drive. “We will focus on streamlining the assembly and reducing the length of time it takes from processing a customer order to fi nishing a complete machine.” The new home for CTL products also provides more space to build prototype machines without interfering with standard production. Forwarders and wheeled harvesters were previously produced at Tigercat’s facility at 100 Savage Drive in Cambridge, Ontario along with the 600 series skidders. The Savage Drive plant will now be wholly dedicated to skidder production.
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