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Autoliv Nissin retrofits diamond plate with SLIPNOT on coolant line
- The Situation
Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems is a joint venture between Autoliv and Nissin Kogyo to extend and scale brake control and brake actuation systems for Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and more.
In the Nissin Brake manufacturing facility in Ohio, a coolant line ran between two machines and under diamond plate. A mat was used in an attempt to absorb coolant that dripped onto the floor.
While program changes were made to remove excess coolant, the company used the opportunity to address a potential safety hazard and create a more slip resistant workspace.
- The Solution
Autoliv Nissin explored several options.
One was to apply an epoxy and aluminum oxide grit coating to the existing diamond plate. This solution would require production in the area to be shut down for 8 hours, forcing employee overtime.
SLIPNOT offered an alternative that was price comparable with less downtime. This included retrofitting (2) 30 1/16" x 39 13/16" x 1/2" thick steel plates with SLIPNOT Grade 2 steel for slip resistance.
The plates were also painted black to match the surrounding floor. Each plate had two cutouts, allowing access to the coolant line below.
Autoliv Nissin was able to install a SLIPNOT steel plates over often slippery diamond plate with minimal down time.
The company's process engineer said, "The material, with SLIPNOT, is heavy duty and feels solid when walking on it, plus the friction it provides is exceptional. The plates installed relatively easy, the cutouts to lift them helped tremendously. I have had a few other engineers and management personnel interested in the SLIPNOT application for future improvements."
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