machines set themselves up via the Automatic Tool
Adjustment (ATA) and adjustable V-Die features.”
While Tanguay and his Canadian team were
familiar with Salvagnini equipment, there was a
small learning curve.
“TMI’s machine operators were, for the most
part, already experienced using similar type of
equipment. The challenge was on the SL4, as our
operators were not familiar with laser equipment.
The biggest change for our operators was to
operate an electro-mechanical machine. The
approach to operate and troubleshoot the B3 press
brakes is different since all interventions need to be
TMI’s Canadian team received training, both
in-house and at Salvagnini’s Hamilton, OH, facility.
Over the course of the first year of operation,
Tanguay says Salvagnini’s technical team has been
available for technical support.
Freitas credits part of TMI’s success in
Canada and in the US to the Salvagnini
equipment in both operations.
“One of TMI’s core values is innovation
and it’s a driving force for us in the products we
manufacture and Salvagnini is one way we’ve
been able to achieve this because Salvagnini’s
equipment is helping us to do things faster
and produce higher quality products. So we’re
capitalizing on the innovative side of automation
to help us succeed.”
Entering a new market is challenging and
TMI Climate Solutions in Canada has had its
challenges, admits Freitas, but with the support
of Salvagnini and with the improving economy,
Freitas says he expects the Canadian plant
to soon be doubling or even tripling current
“We had a slow sales start because it’s a
greenfield operation but we’re working through
that and starting to get more work. The
part quality that comes off of the Salvangini
machines is extremely good and it’s the one
thing we love about the equipment and what it
does–gives us really good part quality.”
And that is helping TMI to better compete in
Canada and in the US, he adds. SMT
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Process monitoring is an important component of fabricating automation.
TMI's operators can monitor operations to ensure process efficiencies.
TMI Climate Solutions selected Quebec for its new greenfield fabrication
plant in part because of the local expertise in hVaC manufacturing.