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    30 Years and Running— Donsco Sticks with Toyoda

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    30 Years and Running— Donsco Sticks with Toyoda

    Posted by Kathy Adolf on Dec 18, 2018 3:40:26 PM

    CHALLENGE

    DONSCO2Donsco purchased their first two Toyoda FH55 horizontal milling machines in 1985 and quickly followed with three more. The first five Toyoda’s on the shop floor were installed within 5 years—a quick transition from manual labor to machining to keep with customer demand.

    Today, Donsco is North America’s leading single-source provider of machined iron castings. As Donsco continues to secure customers requesting difficult work with tighter tolerances, they are taking the older machines offline and upgrading to the latest generation of Toyoda. Machining steel and cast iron 24 hours a day, 6 days a week requires equipment you can rely on—and after 30 years, they know that is Toyoda.

    GOALS

    • Upgrade equipment and ensure low maintenance costs.
    • Increase capacity with faster equipment while maintaining accuracy.
    • Standardized equipment throughout facility.
    • Invest in machines that will last – and be supported – for the next 30 years.

    SOLUTIONDONSCO3

    To tackle the new work coming in, Donsco added a new generation of Toyoda’s to deliver EFFICIENT and HIGH-PRECISION MACHINING. Toyoda horizontal machining centers provide industry-leading SPEED, RIGIDITY and ACCURACY that withstand the test of time.

    • FH55 (3) (1986)
    • FA550 (3) (1996)
    • FA550II (4) (1996, 1997, 1997, 1998, 2000)
    • FA630 (2) (1996, 1998)
    • FH550SX (2) (2017, 2018)

    OUTCOME

    30% INCREASE IN THROUGHPUT
    Not only were the new machines faster, but they were more accurate with less variation than the older models.

    INCREASED CAPACITY
    While the older machines were still running, the new machines increased capacity with faster cycle times.

    REDUCED MAINTENANCE COSTS
    Donsco’s upgrade saves on maintenance costs as well. The total cost of ownership was a key factor in their decision to stick with Toyoda.

    NEW HEAVY MANUFACTURING CUSTOMERS
    When customers like Caterpillar, Mack Truck, Permco and Case New Holland tour Donsco’s shop and see 14 Toyoda machines, they understand the investment and commitment they put into their work.

    Read the entire case study: 30 Years and Running - Donsco Sticks with Toyoda

    ABOUT DONSCO, INC.
    Donsco is North America's leading single source provider of machined iron castings and has been in continuous operation for more than 100 years.
    https://donsco.com/

    Written by Kathy Adolf

    Kathy Adolf works at Toyoda as a Marketing Strategist of Product Development. You can reach her at kadolf@toyoda.com.