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The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine: Working Hard and Taking Risks: Rahco Rubber’s Journey to Success First Quarter 2019 To some, being given the reins to a fledging business at 24 years old sounds like a recipe for disaster. For Steve Anton, …Read More
As a Leader, You Need to Be Both Positive and Aggressive: Rahco Featured on Entrepreneur
Business Leaders Need to Set Lofty Goals and Convince Others that they are Achievable In this video from Entrepreneur Network partner, President and CEO of Rahco Rubber Steve Anton, talks about the importance of being both aggressive and positive from …Read More
Rahco Rubber Welcome’s Greg Ovist and Continues to Hire Industry Experienced Talent
Rahco Rubber’s commitment to being a best -in-class lean manufacturer of precision molded rubber components takes another step forward with the hiring of Greg Ovist. Greg comes to Rahco with over 20 years in the rubber industry. His extensive knowledge …Read More
Rahco develops efficiency programs to manage workflow
Shawn Durbin, Rahco Rubber Inc.'s new director of manufacturing, has been pushing for a visible change in how the company manages its projects. For Durbin, that starts with a new flag system that helps his team manage a job's workflow …Read More
Video: Rahco Spotlight – President Featured on BizCastHQ
During an interview with BizCastHQ, Steve Anton, President Rahco Rubber, talks about the importance of being both aggressive and positive from a business standpoint. He explains how Rahco has been challenged in keeping up with the competition offshore, and how …Read More
Rahco Rubber Invests In New Deflasher As Part Of Its Commitment To Continuous Improvement
Rahco Rubber regularly invests in their people, processes, and production. Earlier this summer, Rahco purchased a top-of-the-line, CMB-2 Cryogenic Deflashing unit that mirrors its existing machine. The CMB-2 is the most popular sized model with a 2 cubic foot basket …Read More
Rahco Rubber Strengthens Manufacturing Leadership, Appoints New Process Engineer
Rahco Rubber, Inc. is pleased to announce the continued acquisition of industry-experienced talent and the appointment of veteran engineering professional, Sean Cunningham, to serve as Process Engineer. "We are thrilled to welcome Sean Cunningham," said Steve Anton, president of Rahco …Read More
The Importance of Color Matching Your Rubber Parts
Custom colored, precision molded polymer or rubber components are more important than ever — and Rahco Rubber’s customers believe color makes a significant difference in their branding and success of their products. Rahco manufactures custom-engineered, high-precision rubber parts, components and seals …Read More
Rahco’s formulating + manufacturing experience pays BIG dividends on high performance and safety critical Primary-cups. Primary-cups create hydraulic resistance on breaking systems for motorcycles, ATV, Snowmobiles. Our new formulation vastly improved chemical and UV performance, our internal compounding ensured match-to-batch consistency + quality and our No-Waste Flashless molding process eliminated secondary processes and improved finished part quality too a best in class point where the customers internal incoming QC audits were eliminated. Nearly 3 million of Rahco’s primary cups are in service right now (I hope that they’re on your bike!).
Customers bring us their biggest challenges. A customer experiencing field failures brought their internal critical gasket for gas caps headaches to Dr. Rahco. We examined the seals, their failure modes and developed new formulation that exceeded performance requirements while meeting economic targets which prevented recall and warranty actions. Our remedy also included moving the patient to a No-Waste Flashless molding process that eliminated secondary processes and improved finished part quality. 10 million parts later, the health of our business partner is very, very strong.
20″, 18″. 16″ diameter filter. Overseas is not the answer! Rahco saved the day when a leading OEM tried to offshore the most critical seal in their assembly. Rahco responded immediately and protected the customer from a class action lawsuit, stopping warranty claims in their tracks. Rahco’s chemists formulated a new compound that delivered enhanced stability when in compression and exposed to high chlorine environments. Rahco’s In-house compounding ensured a consistent durometer, quality and improved static deflection properties and chemical resistance. 900,000 of these large diameter seals are in use today. You will never get that this kind of responsiveness and attention from a company 9,000 miles away.
Raising the performance bar. Rahco supported their customer during a previous supplier’s quality crisis, reformulating a sub-par material to an industry changing material. Critical aeration diaphragms used in municipal water management systems were wearing out way to soon which sent maintenance costs soaring. Rahco to the rescue – a new & improved formulation was developed within 15 business days. Rahco’s material and part performs so well that it allowed our customer to offer an industry leading warranty – extending term length by 25%. Next, our VAVE focus facilitated the development of an automated micro-piercing operation that saves this customer over $50,000 annually! How about that!
Rahco “knocked this one out of the park!” Rahco co-engineered a revolutionary design of a food service industry condiment dispensing valve. Our major league creativity and experience provide to be a winner in delivering a robust component that lasts millions of strokes. Rahco then formulated an NSF approved material that is both odorless & tasteless. To prevent assembly and field service errors, we molded the same part in custom colors. A triple play to clinch the series!
The tale of the Two-Piece Assembly Structural Plumbing Seal & Fastener. Chapter I – what began as an “inherited” hot pot transfer mold from a customer struggling with quality and hurting from costs soon became a VAVE opportunity when Rahco proposed a low waste flashless mold and transfer cold pot production process! Chapter II – same customer suffering with concentricity issues of the mating plastic component; Rahco steps up again by supporting their customer’s challenges and tooling up for this plastic component. Wait it gets better! Rahco then created an automated 2-component assembly cell that saves this customer over a $100,000 on an annual basis! And they lived happily ever after.
A major OEM came to Rahco with a recurring problem that was jeopardizing their standing with a very important customer. The problem was inconsistent material along with unpredictable delivery and unacceptable part attribute qualities from their previous rubber molder. In order to maintain a required price point, material for a very low volume swell in gasoline was needed that would not use a super-premium polymer. Rahco developed a compound that not only solved the swell issues in gasoline but additionally was very robust from a molding standpoint. The end result was the development of a flashless and low waste rubber mold that produced parts with zero defects and a bare minimum of residual waste. Parts are produced and packed right at the molding press without secondary flash removal or inspection operations. This successful project has allowed us to grow with this customer and enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship.