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Midwest

Tec-Option

load and unload of product
during the welding process
is possible since the modular
system has dual stations maximizing efficiencies.

but not necessarily a commodity,"
he says.
	 Tec-Option achieved that objective during the company's early years
when a recession caused many small
companies to go out of business. They
weathered the storm and didn't lay off
any employees during that time. "We
wanted to keep our key people," Domschot says. "I'm pretty proud of that,
and during that time we focused on
designing an even better product."

A Flexible Solution
Today, Tec-Option is a leading manufacturer of flexible modular assembly
systems, automated assembly and
welding equipment. Tec-Option provides its extensive expertise to numerous Tier 1 automotive suppliers
and to other companies with similar
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weld applications in North America.
	 Tec-Option's patented modular
solution allows for tool change over in
typically two minutes without requiring a forklift or skilled technician. The
modular system allows the operator
to connect the weld circuit, electrical,
pneumatics, water and select the weld
schedules all with one push of a button.
	 Additionally, the company's interchangeable welding tooling allows
manufacturers to switch to different
processes such as spot welding, projection welding, light assembly, even
piercing or other tooling applications without stopping production.
The efficiency and cost-savings for
manufacturers is significant, Domschot says.
	 Tec-Option is unlike most other
machine builders who build a ded-

icated machine to the customer's
specifications, but once the model
changes, the machine becomes obsolete. Tec-Option machines, with
all their welding components, can be
retooled. Only the tool module will
be designed and built for the next
product, retaining the base machine.
The modular-tooling capability allows one machine to replace several
dedicated machines,  saving valuable
floor space. As a result, companies
can  minimize spare parts inventory.
"Our typical customer runs three or
more tool modules in a single machine," Domschot says. "There are
typically over 4,000 spot welds in a
car. We offer a manufacturer more
value out of capital equipment. We
incorporate lean manufacturing advantages, utilizing one common machine style and several options to allow for numerous types of processes
to be performed."

Challenges and Satisfaction
Solving automation challenges are
ongoing as technology moves forward. "We often think that we offer
a service rather than a product since
our flexible, value-added process systems supply our customers with so
many different modular, interchange-

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