Rack and pinion components are among the toughest parts to manufacture. They’re extremely complex, and critical to the safe operation of the automobile.
Not long ago, the approach was use a dedicated machine to produce them. A custom piece of equipment that was expensive and required long development time. As though the capital investment wasn’t a large enough hurdle, these machines offered little flexibility to accommodate product design changes and improvements.
A tier-one manufacturer brought Nowak Machined Products into the development process for a new rack-and-pinion component. We used time-proven tooling, and intelligent pairing of CNC machines as an alternative to the dedicated machine. We were leaders in taking this approach in production.
The result was a part cost that went from the traditional mid $25 range to $14. By implementing continuous process improvements, today’s price per unit is even less.
This is what sets Nowak Machined Products apart. It isn’t our equipment; it’s our thinking that makes the difference — that makes Nowak more than capable.
We were the first company ever to take this approach in production.