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Ultra Tool’s people are toolmakers and we know that quality starts with reliable tooling. From our owner and managers to our designers and master toolmakers, we’re all exposed to the production environment every day, so you can be assured that we have the experience and skill to build high-quality tools.
Client: Honda Power Equipment
Project: Build a prototype in one week
Dates: September 11, 2009 - September 25, 2009
Challenge: Engineers at Honda Power Equipment designed a state-of-the-art hydrostatic transmission which included a reduction cover (exterior case cover) reengineered with fewer components and increased robustness. The design included two highly critical round sumps with flat surface areas, a task that required a series of draw reductions. For the design to work, the material couldn’t thin in the round sumps, and the sumps’ walls had to meet a set straightness range in order for the clutch shaft to fit.
The problem was that engineers at Honda were having a difficult time finding a shop willing to try the design, but had already booked a flight to Japan to sell the concept. By the time Honda sent the designs to Ultra Tool and Manufacturing, timing was crucial.
Execution: In a conference call one week before Honda’s flight to Japan, engineers from Ultra and Honda discussed the design’s elements. The part was a critical component to the transmission and the threshold for thinning and fracturing was slight before it would be susceptible to leakage. Up front engineer-to-engineer communication allowed Ultra to understand the scope and function of the design and gave them the confidence they needed. The conference call ended with Ultra’s acceptance of the design challenge to come up with a workable prototype in a weeks time.
Result: Ultra Tool was able to provide Honda’s engineers with a series of working parts cut into cross sections, dimensional studies, and computer simulation specs; and when the time came for production, Ultra Tool’s persistence, attention to detail and strong lines of communication both internally and with the customer earned them the job.