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Midwest

Camaco LLC

camaco's car seat frame
products include headrest
and armrest structures.

Camaco's design and engineering departments, based
in its headquarters in Novi, Mich., utilize a number of
process-driven design solutions. "Our expertise in metal
fabrication and welding technology allows us to incorporate process capabilities at the concept and initial design
phases, using 3-D solids to identify and optimize engineering design manufacturability," the company says.
"Our advanced development and product engineering
teams offer car and truck manufacturers a wide array of
black box design, systems integration, and product and
program management services that meet our customers'
price, timing and weight targets."
The new design and engineering departments also
reflect the company's culture of innovation and ability
to make decisions quickly. "Our CEO [Arvind Pradhan]
is an active employee, and all of our senior staff are very
involved on the ground level of the business," Vishal
Pradhan says. "Everyone here has responsibility over
what they do and ownership over their positions, which
cuts down on a lot of bureaucracy.
"Getting something approved here, like new
machinery or contracts, is just one decision away," he
adds. "We move at a speed that many of the larger
companies can't."

No Defects Allowed
As a TS-16949-certified manufacturer, the company
uses state-of-the-art equipment and processes that
minimize process variation, maximize quality and eliminate waste, it says.
Quality in particular is a high priority for Camaco.
The company has a zero parts-per-million (PPM) defect
rate. "Years ago, it was possible to have maybe 2 to 3
defects per million, but now we can't have one,"
Pradhan says. "Our parts are not just going into one
vehicle, they're going into an entire vehicle line - we
have no opportunity to fail."
All parts produced by the company go through several automated and manual quality checks before leaving
the assembly line.
Camaco's lean manufacturing processes include flexible manufacturing cells, automated assembly lines and
robotic welding systems. One of the company's automated system suppliers is TranTek Automation Corp. of
Traverse City, Mich., which provides laser welding and
subassembly cells. Laser welding cells provided by
TranTek are being used to produce the Audi Q7 seats in
Europe, Pradhan says.
"TranTek was a new supplier of ours when we started
the Audi project that has now become a favorite of
ours," he adds. "When all was said and done, we were
very pleased with them." mt
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