What would life be like without electric heat and air conditioning? It’s the 21st century and things like refrigerators and telephones are considered basic everyday essentials. But once upon a time, these items didn’t exist. There was some crazy man who thought to himself, “Huh, what if I could make something that could let me talk to another person through cords?” What a lunatic.
When Stevenson Company, Inc. decided it was time to modernize their facilities, dedication to local sourcing was paramount. "We grew up in Topeka. Our innovative products ship worldwide, but it all started by working with local food plants, supplying high quality specialty fabrications," said Joe Pennington, president of the family business. "We wanted to extend that same loyalty to our community partners." Stevenson fabricates spiral chutes - think a spiral playground slide, only sized for chips or candy - for global leaders in the food production market.
According to Dr. Fadi Aramouni, Professor at the Food Science Institute, you can significantly reduce product loss inside your facility. Aramouni, along with McKenna Mills, food lab manager at Kansas State University, determined that the use of a Spiral Chute can lower rates of breakage, rework, and waste.
Unfortunately, breakage is a common occurance inside manufacturing facilities, particularly during transitions in elevation or direction. It doesn’t change taste, but adversely influences the customer experience -- which, in turn, affects the bottom dollar.
Should America produce its own metal? Paul Revere thought so. Although the patriot is much better known for his midnight ride alerting the Colonial Militia of British attack, he made his livelihood as a metalworker. He cast brass bells for churches, crafted silver jugs for dairy, and fashioned copper lanterns for - well, "One if by land, two if by sea."