Brought in for improved safety and reliability, the new melt furnaces will save the foundry around $2 million. The project earned a $200,000 grant from Focus on Energy.
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Appleton is the parent company of Emerson, which produces 15 million castings per year.
The 2016 annealing project brought in three new ovens, two cooling stations, and a nitrogen generator.
Though Emerson has experienced a learning curve with some of its changes, the mood around the plant is one of optimism.
At CastExpo earlier this year in Atlanta, Emerson was presented the 2019 Plant Engineering Award. From left to right: Daniel Fuentes (engineering & quality manager), Mike Kronenbusch (production manager), Dane Dreher (vice president of operations), John Schuster (plant manager), and Robert Axtell (maintenance manager).
Emerson has made sure their facility is safe and bright, which includes bright lights on trucks.
Plant manager John Schuster and AFS Corporate Member Emerson (South Milwaukee, Wisconsin) are always working to improve.
“We keep pushing to get better and better every day, and keep trying to get capital to keep investing in the facility,” Schuster said. “I definitely think the changes I’ve seen are for the better.”
What Schuster and Emerson are doing is working, and it earned them the 2019 Plant Engineering Award.