On October 20th a group of undergraduate and graduate students from North Carolina State University visited the Ilco facility as part of their Processing of Metallic Materials course. The course teaches and provides students exposure to the various metals processing techniques used currently in manufacturing.
The visit began with an introduction to the dormakaba group and the Key Systems business segment. Following the introduction, the tour commenced in the Brass Mill where the metal forming takes place to transform scrap material into brass coil for key stock. They then proceeded into Blanking, Milling and Injection Molding and Finishing. The tour is led by manufacturing associates and provides the students an opportunity to speak directly with machine operators and employees about challenges and improvements.
This is the fourth year Ilco has hosted the tour enabling us to show off our scrap recycling, casting, extrusion, rolling, blanking and electroplating processes amongst others which the class emphasizes. This visit also allows us to show case annual improvements in lean manufacturing and to explain the importance of these initiatives.