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Integram Seat Manufacturing Company

Succeeding by the Seats of Its Plant

Integram Seat Manufacturing Company in St. Louis makes Chrysler mini-van seats for the Daimler-Chrysler plant in St. Louis and within 12 hours delivers the exact seats necessary for Daimler-Chrysler’s production line. That service requires a lot of power and robotic intelligence, and Wissehr helped Integram upgrade its electrical systems so it could continue to meet Daimler-Chrysler’s requirements.

Today’s practice of just-in-time manufacturing affects every vendor that contributes to an assembled product.  Rather than incurring the expense of storing and tracking large inventories of parts, manufacturers rely on their vendors to deliver those parts just in time to meet a tight production schedule. As a result, products are quickly assembled and delivered, and everyone lowers their overhead expenses and saves time and money. However, companies must continue to implement state-of-the-art technologies to compete in this demanding environment.

Satisfaction to the Max

To improve Integram’s speed and efficiency, Wissehr modified the company’s power distribution system, manufacturing booths and conveyor lines. Tom Wissehr, president, says, “We always try to maximize our customers’ effectiveness. We listen to what they want and put ourselves in their position — look at it from their perspective. We have their best interest in mind and give them exactly what they want.”

Wissehr’s biggest challenge was getting the job done on time. To make the complex project transparent to Daimler-Chrysler, electricians completed the work during the auto plant’s seven- week summer shutdown. The project included the installation of the following equipment:

  • more than 100,000 feet of power distribution cable
  • isolated ground circuits to conveyor and booth equipment to protect it from electrical noise
  • conveyor lines and work booths
  • 15 power distribution panels
  • 600 wiring devices
  • fluorescent lighting

Wissehr facilitated just-in-time manufacturing with just-in-time electrification. Just ask Wissehr employees what they did on their summer vacation.

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