Tennessee Rand Creates Part-Making Machines
By: Latricia Thomas
Inside Tennessee Rand's massive machine shop, thousands of moving parts make these part-making machines. “We design the fixturing and we integrate them into systems with robots and they either do welding or spot welding," says Eddie Ramsey, Tennessee Rand’s sales manager.
So basically, Tennessee Rand makes the machines that create car parts across the country, starting with the plans on a designer's screen. “We do seat frames, we do exhaust systems and we do instrument panels," Ramsey says.
Those blueprints come to life as machines on one side of the factory craft the components that make up these fancy fixtures. “We put micro logics on the fixture which makes these basically a smart fixture because you have clamps, slides and components that operate within the fixture and they have to be controlled," Ramsey explains.
They are controlled by the electrical wiring running through intricate instruments that Corey Lamb helps to create. “When I tell people about the work we do,” Lamb says, “they are amazed. They’ve never see anything like this is Chattanooga."
Once the apparatus is assembled, Tennessee Rand does a dry-run, creating a few hundred of each customer's products to ensure perfection. This expanding enterprise now employs close to 200, all proud of the masterful machines they manufacture. “When you see a product go out right, finished and working right… when you see the time and effort we put into them, it's amazing," Lamb says.
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