Coat Hanger Machine

Is anyone here involved with building machines like this?

Not specifically machines that make coat hangers, but reasonably expensive machines that make some common item that has a very low cost.

How many of these machines does your company sell in a year?

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Are there other companies that make machines that do the same thing that you compete against?

I work for a company that sells the finished parts (not hangers, but similarly formed parts). At least in my experience every single one of these machines is different. They aren’t like a lathe, where you can mass produce them and 10,000 companies will need a lathe. These are one-off unique machines designed to do exactly one type of part; maybe they’ll do a few different sizes if there’s enough adjustability. For that kind of machine the most common response is to just build it yourself. We have quite a few machines that were designed by our engineers and built by our machinists. There are some machines that are too complex for our internal designers so we’ll turn to automation companies to help (Siemens is the big name I can pull off the top of my head, but there are a ton more). But usually these are contracted, one order of machines that are rarely built for any other application.

Ever hear someone say, "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse"? These guys cater to just that demographic.

We just ordered a custom built vacuum sealer at our work. We can’t find a company to build one to our specs so we bought a decommissioned version for $25,000 and sent it to a company that refurbishes them. The remodel was $175,000. The machine is a vac sealer that is the size of a large pick up truck.

I wonder if this is quicker than injection moulding plastic ones

Depends on how many pieces the injection moulder can do simultaneously. The plastic takes some time to inject and set, making a full cycle of the machine much slower.

NO. WIRE. HANGERS. EVER!

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NO. WIRE. HANGERS. EVER!

I'm glad to see a rail for catching then once formed. I had a horrible premonition of a box of these all tangled, waiting for some poor soul to gather and stack them.

What's it cost to order a custom built machine?

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We process prime, choice, select. Rib eyes, rib eye hearts, spinalis, sirloins, first cuts, pubs, bavette, flap, skirt, coulotte, cube, shoulders, teres majors, tenderloins, bi rib eye, frenched rib eyes, bi Tenderloin, short rib, boneless short rib, 1,2,or 3 bone short rib, Korean style, veal rib, veal rib frenched, veal sirloin, veal cutlet, veal medallion, Hangers, blades, flatirons, lamb leg steak, lamb top steak, t bone, porterhouse, long rib eye, long veal, dry aged sirloin, dry aged rib eye, dry aged bi sirloin, dry aged frenched ribs, dry aged bi rib, pork chops, pork cutlets, pork ribs, ground beef, ground pork, ground veal, ground lamb. Oh and poultry too.

Steaks, we do so many so fast that you need loading capabilities upstream to offset vacuuming time. While it is loaded there is simultaneous QA checks and sorting it on the other end. The foot print is large but the packaging is a small 18"X20" square made up of 4 pockets. Its capacity is limited by our ability to load it fast enough, the machine is so fast. We use it to process, approx 100,000-200,000 steaks a day. We also run 3 of these machines at a time in mulitple configurations.

That's nuts. What are you sealing with something that large?

Yeah, but you have to open a whole package of horses and you can never seal it back as good as it was, so now you have to eat all of the horses in a week or they go bad

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Its stuff like this that made me want to be an engineer

As an engineering student I will second this and then get back to my heat and mass transfer homework

I try to bring my work home with me.

It was cool, but I had almost no clue what was going on for most of it.

Metal was getting bent

Tell us more about steaks

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Probably. I'd imagine with plastic injection moulding there is the process of getting it out of the mould. While this one is very streamline.

So does a fetus

I actually worked for a foam manufacturer (memory foam mattresses was one of many products). We didn’t use vacuum sealers because it takes quite a bit of force and wouldn’t be very fast. We essentially just put them in the thick bag that’s sealed at one end, smash it with a giant weight above it, seal the other end and repeat. It immediately moves on to another machine that helps roll it up tightly before being wrapped in plastic wrap to hold it in shape then put in the box. Mostly human guided so probably not as automated as you might imagine.

Well now I'm hungry.

I actually worked for a foam manufacturer (memory foam mattresses was one of many products). We didn’t use vacuum sealers because it takes quite a bit of force and wouldn’t be very fast. We essentially just put them in the thick bag that’s sealed at one end, smash it with a giant weight above it, seal the other end and repeat. It immediately moves on to another machine that helps roll it up tightly before being wrapped in plastic wrap to hold it in shape then put in the box. Mostly human guided so probably not as automated as you might imagine.

Ah my favorite, "analysis of the thermofluid process" which was unironically abbreviated as "Anal Fluids"

I prefer wooden coat hangers.

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Food equipment catches a premium for its ability to sustain washdown. The added cost of stainess steel and beefed up electrical adds more costs to food equipment.

My neighbor was a designer for stuff like this. If I remember correctly, each machine is designed uniquely to the product being made. He specialised in machines that cut out parts from a metal sheet. I'm sure these cost a lot and are probably leased.

Probably mattresses or something that size I would imagine

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