Smart Manufacturing

CASE STUDIES

Our Manufacturing Readiness Grants case studies inspire and inform Indiana companies on the art of the possible as we chart the course to Industry 4.0 adoption.

We’ve written engaging case studies from our Manufacturing Readiness Grants program to inspire transformation more broadly across Indiana. Think of it as a portfolio of success to demonstrate Indiana’s digital transformation and smart manufacturing leadership.

August 2

INDIANA FURNITURE TAKES A GIANT STRIDE INTO INDUSTRY 4.0 WITH AUTOMATION

When Jasper, Indiana-based Indiana Furniture secured a new, large contract it seemed like the ideal time to take a big leap forward in technology. Vice President of Operations Chad Nord explains how Indiana Furniture decided to implement an automated cutting machine into the cutting room floor operations and what that meant to the company’s production and workforce. “Don’t be driven by the hype of whatever anyone else thinks is cool,” Chad said. “Figure out what your biggest problem is, and then go find a technology solution that can help fix that problem.”

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JULY 22

NIMBLE STAIR SUPPLIES SEIZES OPPORTUNITY TO EMBRACE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION WITH A MANUFACTURING READINESS GRANT

Stair Supplies is not a start-up, but the company embodies some of the best qualities of one. It’s innovative, creative, focused, agile, gutsy and growing. Founded nearly two decades ago in 2004 it was originally a digital online sales company marketing stair supplies manufactured by other companies. Today Stair Supplies manufactures premium stair parts and sells direct to homeowners, builders and contractors. Not married to its batch processing system, it’s recently been “striving to automate all of our production,” specifically looking to implement a conveyer-based coat line to transition to a continuous flow process.

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June 8

MORE THAN A CENTURY LATER, WOLF CORPORATION WEAVES A MANUFACTURING READINESS GRANT INTO NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS

The technical aspect of fiber products—that “stuffing for furniture”—and the COVID-19 pandemic that became a worldwide scourge in 2020 caught Wolf Corporation’s attention. Tony Wolf, president and CEO of Wolf Corporation, leveraged his business acumen, his love of networking and his enterprising vision to see the possibilities to both help solve a problem for the U.S. government and develop long-term business opportunities for Wolf Corporation.

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June 8

PWR NORTH AMERICA/C&R RACING IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE WITH MANUFACTURING READINESS GRANT

With an eye toward expansion into vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles, and the aerospace and defense industries, PWR North America rode into 2020 with enthusiasm. They specifically wanted to adopt new technology to enable manufacturing of intricate and advanced cooling cores for a broad range of applications beyond traditional fluid cooling. They had validated and serviced the market by outsourcing key fabrication steps to PWR Australia, but it was time to bring this custom manufacturing process in-house for the expanding North American markets.

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June 8

NIMBLE STAIR SUPPLIES SEIZES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EMBRACE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION WITH A MANUFACTURING READINESS GRANT

Stair Supplies is not a start-up, but the company embodies some of the best qualities of one. It’s innovative, creative, focused, agile, gutsy and growing. Founded nearly two decades ago in 2004 it was originally a digital online sales company marketing stair supplies manufactured by other companies. Today Stair Supplies manufactures premium stair parts and sells direct to homeowners, builders and contractors. Not married to its batch processing system, it’s recently been “striving to automate all of our production,” specifically looking to implement a conveyer-based coat line to transition to a continuous flow process.

June 8

MURSIX CORPORATION IMPLEMENTS DIGITAL PLANT TECHNOLOGIES FOR LARGE SCALE PRODUCTION OF A NOVEL MEDICAL DEVICE

The Manufacturing Readiness Grant program seems custom-designed for creative and nimble companies like Mursix Corporation. Mursix pivoted early in 2020 to produce millions of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support COVID-19 response efforts and is now aggressively pushing further into more sophisticated medical device manufacturing.

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