(featured in FFJournal – 2/16)

Contract manufacturers combat economic pressures of small parts production with automatic folding center.

Intense pressure – 725,000 psi – can form a diamond. As a phenomenon, pressure can be measured as a physical force applied to a unit area of surface. It can also be exerted in the firm of circumstances or situations that influence people or events. Contract manufacturers in particular, are under constant pressure to reduce costs while maintaining part quality and accuracy. Companies feeling the squeeze of lean production practices are finding ways to carve out some breathing space with RAS Systems LLC’s folding technology.

“Pricing pressure is what makes our phone ring,” says Bill Kennedy, vice president of RAS Systems. The Peachtree City, Georgia, company was formed in 1992 by parent company RAS Reinhardt Maschinenbau GmbH, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014.

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