design & manufacturing

  • 3D Printer Adds New Dimension to Tooling

    posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    The United Equipment Accessories engineering department recently added a 3D printer to our toolbox. The initial purpose of this printer was to allow our engineers a way to rapidly produce prototype parts and assemblies to speed design. As we became more familiar with capabilities and features of the 3D printer, another opportunity emerged.

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  • The Value of Interns

    posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018

    At United Equipment Accessories (UEA), we view interns as an integral part of our business, not just an extra set of hands to help with the menial tasks that others do not want to do. Over the past several years, we have supported hiring college interns in our Engineering department. We challenge our interns to grow and offer them a variety of experiences to learn.

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  • How UEA Corrects Non-Conformances with 8D Method

    posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    Non-conformances are a part of every manufacturing facility. At United Equipment Accessories (UEA) we use the 8-Discipline (8D) corrective method to address any critical non-conformance issues that may arise. This is the most effective approach to address any nonconformity in the production process.

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  • Are Hydraulic Swivels Always Round?

    posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    The typical configuration of a swivel is a round housing and spool. Hot finished seamless tube is used for the housing and ductile iron round for the spool. The housing material machines well and it's weldable, and the spool material is readily machinable. Finding material that's close to size is usually readily available. This allows the material to be purchased at an affordable cost and minimizes the machining.

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  • Modifying Specifications to Minimize Lead Times and Save Costs

    posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    UEA will always try to obtain the specified parts per the customer request. However, when we run into obstacles with lead time and cost we rely on our vast knowledge and experience in building and wiring slip rings to make suggestions for substitute parts that will meet the necessary requirements while saving valuable time and money.

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