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Manufacturers get advice on product improvement

Michigan company makes visits to Springfield, Toledo.

A handful of area manufacturers got expert advice Wednesday on how to make their parts and products better from a design firm that specializes in precision measurements.

The Better Parts Challenge is designed to help regional manufacturers, said Andreas Blind, vice president of sales and marketing for Jenoptik Industrial Metrology, a firm based in Rochester Hills, Mich.

It was taken on the road for the first time this year and Springfield and Toledo were the only stops the event made in Ohio.

“We will basically sit down with them and understand what their problems are and try to bring a solution to the table,” Blind said of the manufacturing firms that attended the event.

The event took place Wednesday at Universal Measurement, a Springfield company that provides measurement services for the manufacturing industry. Universal Measurement provides sales and technical support while Jenoptik serves as the parts supplier, said Phil Rinehart, president of Universal Measurement.

The event was designed to allow area firms to use Jenoptik’s technology and learn ways to produce parts more efficiently and cost effectively, Blind said. It also spurs sales for Jenoptik.

The van the Michigan company brought on the tour holds about $500,000 in precision measuring equipment that is demonstrated as part of the event, Blind said.

The information, including a seminar on surface finish and form, was helpful, said Matt Hurtubise, of the BWI Group in Dayton. The company manufactures brakes and suspension products for the auto industry.

“I thought it was very helpful,” Hurtubise said.

The Crown Equipment Corp., based in New Breman, Ohio, also attended the event Wednesday. The company has offices in Troy and Celina, and manufactures forklifts, said Anna Anderson, who represented Crown at the event.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways of measuring products to provide the best possible product to our customers,” Anderson said.

“This has given us the opportunity to investigate some of that.”

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