Moundridge, Kan., May, 2021 — MicroMetl is the nation’s largest independent manufacturer of accessories for commercial heating and cooling equipment. Recent changes in its product mix put MicroMetl in a position where major advancements had to be considered for its production process if the company wanted to remain competitive.
“We’re always looking at ways to do a better job for our customers,” says Brandon Schultz, CIO of MicroMetl, headquartered in Indianapolis. “To be competitive we must produce high-quality products in a cost-effective manner, so we have to continually look for ways to drive down the cost of production. We have been doing this for 56 years, and we need the best tools to stay competitive. So, with the change in our product mix, we went to our engineers and asked them, how can we be faster and cheaper?”
Ultimately, the change in product mix required MicroMetl to be more flexible when it comes to production. MicroMetl turned to The Bradbury Group for help.
“We wanted to increase our manufacturing flexibility and capacity to meet our customer demands in a more efficient manner,” says Scott Nelson, MicroMetl’s Senior Manufacturing Engineer. “Our existing roll former was aged and would not adjust for the flexibility we needed.”
MicroMetl originally reached out to Bradbury in 2017 and again in 2018, trying to make an educated decision on what was needed to make the MicroMetl operation more efficient.
“Fast forward to March 2020, we were approved to purchase a new roll former, but on a tight timeline,” Nelson says. “Bradbury had a rep at our facility in Indianapolis almost immediately and right at the beginning of the pandemic. Within three weeks, we had the quote from Bradbury on the custom design and a purchase order was sent confirming the sale. I feel all our requests and requirements were met in a timely fashion to help bring this project to fruition, especially challenging during a year of uncertain times.”
MicroMetl’s main contacts at Bradbury were sales representative Zack Ledford and project engineer manager Scott Miller.
MicroMetl purchased a 420-3-12P-STR (Single Telescoping Roll Former) to manufacturer HVAC panels for knockdown rooftop curb adapters.
“Zack and Scott were in constant communication with me during the design phase, which was crucial to getting the project off on the right foot, Nelson says. “They were readily available for any questions throughout the process and communicated with us in a timely fashion.”