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Midwest

Design Ready Controls

design ready controls chose its new
state-of-the-art manufacturing facility
very carefully as it will be a critical base
for recruitment and growth.

Control panels are ubiquitous and
the HVAC market is huge, but we're
investing in diversification to get into
those other industries as well."
Bringing in a diverse group of millenials has proved successful for DRC.
The company regularly visits universities to find the best and brightest
potential engineers to help improve
its technologies. DRC wants these recruited employees to build a career out
of what they're doing; therefore, it has
programs in place to pay for employees'
tuition to enhance their skills further.
Vice President of Technology Mitch
DeJong is especially passionate about
this program. "We have a plan where
recruits can get a master's in manufacturing leadership or another field,"
he says. "We want people to come to
the company, be passionate about
manufacturing and see really clearly
that they have a career that can go on
and on, hone the skills they have and
be dedicated to that."
DRC has found a way to blend the
new technologies and ways of thinking
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of its younger-generation employees
with more established generations that
are used to doing things a certain way.
"We've found a way to honor people
with experience but also bring in new
technologies and people that are beneficial and not threatening to either one
of them," DeJong adds.

Going APE
Because DRC builds control panels
for large companies that sell complex
machines, its biggest investment is the
development of the Automated Panel
Expert (APE) system that automates
the engineering-to-order (ETO) process. Every ETO process can be different because there are so many options
for engineers, which results in weeks of
stressful engineering and drafting time.
But APE eliminates the length of time to
process the order, along with the potential for human error.
APE produces a customer's entire
electrical submittal package, including
schematics and drawings, within minutes. The system creates all the manu-

facturing reports DRC needs to build a
client's control panel and the report is
instantly delivered to the factory floor
to begin the manufacturing process.
Additionally, DRC's engineers can customize the system rules to fit any specific need, creating a much more seamless
engineering process.
Valent Air Management was able to
utilize the APE system in the creation
of a control panel for its commercial
HVAC units. APE accelerated the design for product specifications and
order fulfillment by automating and
verifying manufacturing reports, interactive schematics and other documents linked to Valent's systems. APE
expedited the process, which saved
Valent valuable time and money.
"With APE, you have it configured
and you just press a button and everything is done," DeJong says. "Our system makes the whole process go away.
We're automating the engineering."
"The APE software highlights the
technological advantages we're pushing," Schmidtke explains. "We've


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