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Bunting Bearings Introduces Siemens Dematic Automated Warehouse Handling System

At Bunting Bearings, we are always looking for ways to streamline our operations and improve our customers’ experience. When our team is fully equipped with everything they need to do a great job, we can better serve our customers.

With that in mind, we have invested in a Siemens Dematic automated warehouse handling system to improve workflow and efficiency in our warehouse. These in-house improvements translate to better products and customer service for you.

The new building that will host this new system is nearing completion. We expect it to be fully operational by December 2019. The entire team at Bunting Bearings is looking forward to its implementation and its contribution to satisfying customer needs.

Benefits of Our New Handling System

Some of the specific benefits of integrating this new robotic product handling system into our existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system include:

  • Increased productivity. The system eliminates walking and elevated picking. The operators remain stationary and the system travels to the bin locations to retrieve the parts and then returns to the operator for product packing.
  • The system can be used for a wide variety of products, including cast bronze, powdered metal, and plastic bearings.
  • Improved product accuracy. The system reduces the risk of human error in regard to product shipment.
  • Maximized space utilization. By maximizing our warehouse space with the automated system, we will have the opportunity to continue to optimize the layout of the bronze bar inventory, for increased efficiency and shorter “order to ship” intervals. This is good timing because we recently added a full Lead-Free EcoBronze range to meet demand.
  • Enhanced employee safety. The automated system eliminates the need for manual lifting and reduces the risk of employee accidents or injury.

What This Means For Our Customers

For our customers, this new system means:

  • Faster fulfillment. Due to decreases in overall operational time, customers will notice that we will be able to fulfill orders more quickly.
  • Greater satisfaction. While we are proud of our pick accuracy, this system will reduce the margin of error further when it comes to ensuring that the customer gets exactly what they ordered

Bearing Solutions at Bunting Bearings

At Bunting Bearings, we continually look for ways to improve our range of products, and in recent times, our emphasis has been to enhance our offering of lead-free, environmentally friendly products. The integration of our new Siemens Dematic automated warehouse handling system is part of our commitment to premier quality, environmental sustainability, and superior customer service.

We are thrilled about our new system and what it means for both our warehouse team and our customers. It will enhance our ability to manufacture and deliver our complete range of high-performance bearing solutions for industrial and commercial markets such as marine, pumps, forestry, construction, medicine, utilities and oil and gas.

To learn more about our new warehouse handling system or any of our services and capabilities, reach out to us today.

Bunting Bearings Completes Casting Plant Expansion

Bunting Bearings recently completed a large expansion to our Delta, OH, centrifugal casting plant. Centrifugal casting is one of our main specialties, and our customers value our ability to create high-value, cost-effective centrifugal castings that can be machined to a finished product. With this new expansion, we’re excited to further expand on our abilities to provide the highest quality casting services to our clients.

Here’s an overview of our casting plant expansion and how it will benefit our capabilities moving forward:

Our Casting Plant Expansion

We invested in an extension to our plant to bring new value to our customers. With our new plant, we can now produce longer and larger centrifugal castings with lead times of 2–4 weeks and expedited delivery times of 48–72 hours.

We also dedicated new resources to our machine shop in Holland, OH. We installed five new live tooling machining centers as well as a vertical turret lathe to handle larger longer centrifugal castings.

New Casting Specifications

Our new equipment has enabled us to produce larger casting volumes at optimal efficiency. With our expanded capabilities, we can:

  • Pour vertical castings with a size range of 3” up to 36” outside diameter as well as horizontal castings of 27” diameter and 60” length
  • Achieve tighter grain structures, leading to improved physical properties
  • Fill low-, medium-, and high-volume orders
  • Perform QC testing at our in-house laboratory to ASTM B271– and ASTM B22.

Full Casting Solutions at Bunting Bearings

We at Bunting Bearings continuously seek new ways to best satisfy our customers’ needs. Investing more in our facilities and equipment is one such way for us to achieve this goal, and we’re pleased to expand our casting offerings to cover an even greater span of casting size requirements.

Bunting Bearings is a leading manufacturer of high-performance, environmentally friendly bearings and cast materials. Our products include a wide variety of lead-free products made from top-quality polymers and bronze. To learn more about centrifugal castings or our other capabilities and services, contact us today.

Why to Be Conflict-Free

Conflict minerals—specifically tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold—are some of the most commonly used, yet controversial substances in the world. They’ve been used in everything from household electronics and mobile phones to machinery and assemblies.

Also known as 3TG minerals, the reason for their controversy is the highly unethical and tragic behavior linked to their sourcing. Mainly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the looting and sale of these minerals has financed various rebel groups who have controlled the region and inflicted various atrocities on its people. At least 50% of the mines from which these minerals come are guarded by armed militia, while the miners themselves, including young children, work in horrendous conditions.

As a result, Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed January 1, 2013, requires that all public companies who utilize minerals included in the conflict minerals list investigate the origin of these minerals and source them from non-conflict regions.

While we are a privately held company and therefore not subject to the rule, we guarantee that, to the best of our knowledge, our supply chain does not include any conflict minerals that originate in the Democratic Republic of Congo or its adjoining countries. We are a company committed to ethical practices and will continue to remain DRC conflict-free.

The cost of doing business is never worth supporting unjust causes or conditions, and we encourage everyone to pledge to a DRC conflict-free supply chain. To learn more about the problem, and what’s being done to stop it, visit this website.

Breaking Down Bronze Bearings

Are you in the food or food processing industry? If so, you must know the importance of using parts and products that meet the stringent standards of the industry, as the cleanliness, durability, and integrity of the products are necessary and important. What about those in the oil and gas industries—high lubrication parts are integral for making machines and products run smoothly. When it comes to bronze bearings, high quality and high strength are important characteristics.

This is where Bunting Bearings can step in. Not many people realize the wide range and scope of our powdered metal and high strength bronze bearings. We realize that the end application determines what bearing is needed for a specific project, and the bearing’s particular characteristics definitely help dictate the required bearing.Bronze bearings

What are some of the bronze bearings we can offer our clients? First, the SAE841 bronze bearing, which is an industry standard. For those in the food industry, we have the Eco 481 bearing, which meets the USDA standards. Our SAE 841 extra lubricant with PTFE sleeve bearing features a PTFE additive in the oil. When it comes to stop/start applications, it allows for smoother running and an easier brake-in period. Does your application involve high temperatures? Then try the Dri-Plane® bearings, which have a dry lubricant, making them suitable for temperatures up to 700⁰ F or 371⁰ C. Not only that, but our bronze bearings are produced to the exacting requirements of ASTM standard B438-13 as well. For applications that need high load-bearing materials, good wear characteristics, and compressive strength, the PVC bearings are a good option.

Bronze bearingsThese bearings are available, right now, in a number of styles and sizes, and they are only a sampling of the bearings we offer. We are here to help our customers connect with the bronze bearings needed for their specific applications. What type of bronze bearing can we help you with?

Sustainability: What it Means for Materials

Sustainability. By now, you have certainly heard of this term, for it is quickly becoming a hot topic in all industries. According to the Environmental Leader publication, sustainability “is the collection of policies and strategies employed by companies to minimize their environmental impact on future generations.” Depending on your specific industry and type of business, sustainability – or becoming environmentally-friendly—can mean a variety of different things. For power generation or oil companies, it can mean cutting down on the types of emissions released into the air. For packaging companies, it can mean the difference between using plastic and paper materials. For those in machining and industrial applications, such as marine, medical, utilities, commercial and oil markets, lead-free and eco-friendly materials are essential.

For material and bearings manufacturers like us, it is necessary to meet the needs and demands of the customers. As more and more companies are looking for ways to become “green” and the government is beginning to issue various environmentally-aware standards, green and lead-free materials are going to be sought out at a high demand.

To us personally, sustainability has driven us to discover and offer materials that can be considered green. Our most popular eco-friendly alloy so far has been the C95400 aluminum bronze alloy, which is completely lead free. Other alloys that are considered no-lead replacements for currently or historically used leaded alloys are the B04, no-lead bearing bronze, as well as C86300 manganese bronze. All of these alloys are manufactured to be applicable for heavy earth moving equipment, roll neck bearings, and machine tool bearings.

In the industry’s quest to become more green and environmentally-aware, we are embracing the hot topic of sustainability and applying it to our business. How are you celebrating sustainability?