Anderson Fittings, Inc., opened its doors to manufacture brass fittings, valves, and accessories for a variety of industries over 50 years ago in 1947.

Since then, the company has steadily grown in its Chicago-area location, expanding its product line to include air brake and pneumatic fittings, and now employs over 200 people. “Providing practical and complete fitting and valve solutions with rigorous quality standards-that’s how we got to where we are today,” says Dan Crapia, Director of Technical Services.

“It all comes down to delivering quality product based on customer budget and scheduling needs.”

As with many manufacturers today, streamlining production to stay competitive in the global market has become increasingly important at Anderson Fittings. The company had already introduced concepts such as machine cells to their floor, where production of a particular part never leaves a dedicated area of machines, to aid in this goal, but new solutions were still being sought.

As with many manufacturers today, streamlining production to stay competitive in the global market has become increasingly important at Anderson Fittings. The company had already introduced concepts such as machine cells to their floor, where production of a particular part never leaves a dedicated area of machines, to aid in this goal, but new solutions were still being sought.

Deciding to contact Davenport Machine about eliminating the second-operation tapping for this part was an easy decision.

“We have 22 Davenport machines currently in our shop, two of them being Davenport HPs, so the Davenport name was already in our minds,” Crapia explains. “In fact, we had purchased a used Davenport HP for short, complex runs, and we were very pleased with the machine. Since we knew this part was definitely the right size to fit the Davenport HP’s capability, we decided to ask Davenport about this challenge first. As it happens, we never needed to ask anyone else.”

After communicating their need directly to Davenport, blueprints for the double-ended fitting were sent for evaluation to Donna Foley, Sales Engineer, and Doug Larson, Applications Engineer. Larson quickly began to assess the plans.

After communicating their need directly to Davenport, blueprints for the double-ended fitting were sent for evaluation to Donna Foley, Sales Engineer, and Doug Larson, Applications Engineer. Larson quickly began to assess the plans.

After communicating their need directly to Davenport, blueprints for the double-ended fitting were sent for evaluation to Donna Foley, Sales Engineer, and Doug Larson, Applications Engineer. Larson quickly began to assess the plans.



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