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Engineering a Solution With In-Die Installation

When an automotive driveline components manufacturer came to Ramco looking for a solution to replace the weld nut they had been using in their driveline application, Ramco developed a Pierce Nut to replace the customer’s current weld nut. By engineering a special pierce nut that’s able to be installed in-die, we were able to eliminate the manufacturer’s current welding process, improving production time and eliminating a costly secondary welding operation!

The process in question had uncovered faults with the production weld nut resulting in quality and performance issues and hurting efficiency. Ramco’s pierce nuts with Property Class 10 strength can be installed in a progressive or line die, eliminating secondary assembly costs and providing simplified assembly.

Ramco will work with you on engineering, design, and installation tooling support, for nuts designed to fit your custom application. Ask us how we can help with your production issues and engineer a solution that’s right for you!

EV Battery Tray Challenge

Ramco recently helped an electric vehicle manufacturer fix an issue with the battery tray carrier, which is an integral part of their automobile structure. By engineering a special clinch nut that can stand up to the weight required by the manufacturer, a solution was developed that is both reliable and able to exceed the tray load requirements.

We found that the electric vehicle in question had a weld nut in the battery tray that was not able to hold the required load and in need of a stronger replacement. Ramco’s signature Clinch Nuts are the choice for applications that need additional strength and flexibility during assembly.

Easy to install with the distinct advantage of resistance to rotation and push-out during service, Ramco’s Clinch Nut was the perfect solution to this problem.

There’s a lot riding on every part, no matter how small. Ask us how we can help with your engineering challenge and customize a solution!

Ramco Specialties Consolidates Brands, Launches New Website

Ramco Specialties, Inc., has completed the process of consolidating multiple brands into a single Ramco brand. Formerly known as Copa Tool, Ramco’s hub for machining expertise in South Lyon, Michigan, will now be known as Ramco Michigan.

With locations in Hudson Ohio, South Lyon Michigan, and Gavardo, Italy, this consolidation will provide our customers with a global unified point of contact for a vast array of manufactured products.

In addition to these changes, Ramco Specialties will invest more than 10 million dollars in new equipment at these facilities.  This new equipment will include forming equipment for large diameter product as well as new CNC machining centers.

“Our customers continue to request localized production to minimize supply chain risk.  We have made the strategic decision to invest in new capabilities to meet these customer demands. Our business continues to transition from a distribution model to a domestic manufacturer of engineered specialty parts,” said Rick Malson, President of Ramco Specialties.

This transition can be seen by reviewing our new website at RamcoSpecialties.com. The website highlights Ramco’s domestic manufacturing of cold-formed parts, assemblies, Strux® nuts, clinch nuts, hydraulic fittings, machined parts and other engineered items.  Services include FSP programs, specialty shipping and logistics, kit bagging, and high-speed inspection.

Ramco has longstanding experience servicing the Tier 1 automotive market.  The company’s new website emphasizes its capabilities to supply automotive segments such as electric vehicle parts, body in white, chassis, suspension, powertrain and seating. The website also details several recent projects for defense, aerospace, agriculture, and heavy industry. New photography and video on the website showcase recent machinery updates and product highlights.

Providing a safe and dynamic work environment is a priority for Ramco.  In an ongoing effort to attract top tier talent the new website includes a section devoted to careers, culture, and inclusivity. This also includes the company’s commitment to sustainability, safety, individual employee growth, and community involvement.

Ramco Specialties, Inc., is a Tier 1 supplier to the North American automotive market. Ramco specializes in engineered solutions, cold-formed components, assemblies, and stampings. Ramco is privately held and has been headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, since 1977.

Copa Tool Achieves AS9100D Status

Copa Tool is proud to have been awarded AS9100D accreditation status for our Quality Management system. AS 9100D is a prestigious quality management standard for the aviation, space, and defense industry. It recognizes Copa’s quality system for the manufacture and assembly of precision machined products, in management, process control and service, purchasing, and design of manufacturing processes.

Copa Tool manufactures products with “mission critical precision” to meet the high-quality needs of aerospace and defense companies. Our engineering and machiningare reliable in the most demanding circumstances, and few companies can react as quickly and thoroughly to defense contractors’ requirements as Copa.

Boron Weld Nuts Advance Effective Use of Ultrahigh Strength Steels

Ramco has developed an innovative line of weld nuts designed to assist stamping companies and OEMs with thin, ultrahigh strength steel applications. Initially developed for boron steels, the new nut has enhanced weld projection geometry designed for extra stability during high-current welding.

Many stampers have issues with adhesion of their standard weld nuts to ultrahigh strength steel. Ramco’s RamTek design addresses these assembly issues allowing our customers to reduce weight in their applications.

Manufacturers and stampers who seek to create lighter weight components and increase tensile strength should know Ramco has weld nuts for ultrahigh strength metals. These new nuts are perfect for floor pans, inner door brackets, pillars, cross members, or any structural stamping applications.

Ramco Square Pierce and Strux® Clinch Nuts, for Aluminum

While innovations continue to move forward in steel and all metals, aluminum remains a popular choice  for many applications in auto making, particularly when it comes to weight advantages and flexibility. Manufacturers working in this space should know Ramco’s clinch and pierce nuts can be your go-to choice for these applications.

Our certified Strux® fasteners are great for aluminum applications. The six equally spaced, raised lobes on a Strux® nut create resistance to rotation and push-out during service. The Strux® clinch nut excels in assemblies where welding is not possible or not preferred. Strux nuts are easy to install in different kinds of metal, reduce weight, are made in USA and are perfect for installation in-die.

In addition, Ramco’s square pierce nuts are perfect for non-welding and thin sheet aluminum applications. Employing either of these nuts in aluminum applications helps manufacturers both in forming a particular joint, saving money through inserting nuts in-die, and for use in the manufacturing tool that creates the stamping.

Let Ramco deliver the critical components you need, for any application.

Three Motors, One Part: Ramco Helps Customer with Double-Nut Slider

Ramco has helped an automotive OEM improve process, simplify material handling, inventory, tooling, and reduce the risk of error on the line. We did this by engineering a special adjustable nut for use on three different engines in production.

The 1500 pickup truck is produced with three different motors: 6-cylinder diesel, standard 6-cylinder, and heavy v-8. Each of these has its own tooling requirements and complexity, and the manufacturer came to us requesting different nuts for three different motor mounts. Each of these with its own spacing needs. Instead, we came back to them with a solution: Ramco will create a single, adjustable nut slider to be used on each. Three motors, one part.

This was a big win for our customer as the OEM could have had three times the material handling and inventory, plus the cost of additional dies—and potential costs on line due to the complexity of using different parts. Our adjustable part simplified the line and greatly reduced the risk of an operator using the wrong part, with the stops, removals and repairs that could entail.

There’s a lot riding on every part, no matter how small. Ask us how we can help with your production issues and engineer a solution!

 

From Ramco to You: Build it Better with Custom-Made Nut Plates & Assemblies       

Ramco has made investments to manufacture nut plates and assemblies in house. Our Product Development Team has the engineering expertise to custom design parts for your application. We take your process seriously and work with you to make it better and less expensive. Contact our team today for help solving your fastening problems.

Ramco Receives Strategic Supplier Award from Benteler

Ramco is proud to have been recognized as a 2019 Strategic Supplier by Benteler. Ramco is one of a very select group—about 1%—chosen  by Benteler as its best, Tier 1 automotive suppliers.

Benteler is a global group of companies engaged in development, manufacturing and marketing of safety-relevant products, systems and services for the automotive, energy and engineering sectors.

Ramco was recognized for facilitating improved customer relationships for this global manufacturer and engineering and producing components that helped Benteler improve its processes.

 

Copa Tool Hires Russ Ackerman as New Project Manager, Aerospace

Copa Tool welcomes Russ Ackerman, a new project manager who will be developing
the aerospace product line. Ackerman is a former pilot with deep connections to the
aviation community. He brings years of experience in building client relationships for
national brands. Most recently, he was a national sales manager for Flambeau, Inc., a
maker of injection and blow molded components for many markets including industrial
and automotive. He advanced and cultivated dynamic customer relationships and
specialized in product development and education and building strategic alliances
with customers. In addition to Aerospace, Russ will also help organize projects for
other Copa customers