Unlike other types of consumer products, sporting goods manufacturing is driven by two distinct market niches: professional athletes and amateurs who engage in sports for leisure. Cutting-edge products using innovative materials developed for pros often trickles down to weekend warriors. And, the competitive industry readily adapts technology from other fields, such as automotive, aerospace, medical devices and consumer electronics.
As materials advance, production demands continue to grow, and automation in production is a key component to meet these demands.
Too often companies feel the need to sacrifice quality for production speeds due to demand. With automation and robotics, you can maintain your quality of materials, produce at faster speeds, save money on labor costs and compensate for labor shortages.
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For over 27 years, Arnold Machine has been designing and creating automated solutions in the sporting goods industry. We have worked with major sporting goods manufacturers to create custom equipment, utilizing fully automated to partially automated solutions. From robotic assembly systems to parts washers, we have been at the cutting-edge of technology while adhering to high-quality standards and building long-lasting machines. As a full-service facility, we maintain quality control from the raw materials to the finished system.
Arnold Machine is a member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork® and a FANUC America Authorized System Integrator. We utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD), simulation software, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, electrical design software and control programming software to create finished designs. Our staff consists of expert engineers, manufacturers, programmers, electricians and machine tradesmen. We can build and customize virtually any type of automated equipment to meet specific needs.
We have helped our customers in the sporting goods industry streamline their manufacturing processes. Contact us today to see how we can help you optimize your production.
Some of the machines and systems we have built for leading manufacturers include:
We have been building anti-vibration component assembly systems for over 20 years. Our team’s unique expertise in process automation has allowed us to set the standard in anti-vibration assembly.
Automated Assembly Systems
Our team designs machines specifically for repeatability and process control. All our systems are designed to limit component wear and adjustability so that over time, a machine can be adjusted to produce within its original parameters. With robotic integrations and conveyors, we can automate the entire process or bring it down to a one- or two-person operation depending on your needs and budget.
Automated and Robotic Spray and Adhesive Applications
Our spray systems can be automated for temperature control, rotation speed, spray time, fan and atomization pressure as well as gun positioning.
In 2020, Arnold Machine acquired Findlay Machine and Tool (FMT) parts washer line along with their engineers, techs and sales team. Combining their 30 years of parts washer experience with our 27 years of automation experience was a great match. In that short time, we have created fully custom and fully automated parts washing systems for a variety of applications. Automotive stamping and machining is a common application for our parts washers.
Clients typically approach Arnold Machine for a material handling system when they need to join multiple stations within their process together to transfer a piece of equipment from one station to the next. Our material handling systems are ideal for part movement, pick and place, walking beam transfer and robot transfer.
Arnold Machine, Inc. offers custom-designed, easy-to-install fencing systems that protect employees and other assets. Safety fencing systems optimize production by providing peace of mind to operators who know they are protected from hazards.
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)
Our team can fully integrate AMR’s into automotive facilities for safer, smarter and more reliable transportation of components and parts through your facility. Designed to navigate using intelligent mapping, these flexible robots can be updated and rerouted with simple software changes instead of expensive facility upgrades (like automated guided vehicles).
We’re able to help you in every step of the process.
Our project managers and engineers are available to answer every question. We will build a system to your exact specifications or help you discover the process best suited to your needs.
If you’re new to automation, see our resources—or case studies below—to help you in the research process.