The President and Founder of Rentapen Inc., a small machine design and build services company and manufacturer of weld fixture tooling components, drove from Alabama to Michigan gathering feedback from Customers.
On April 26, 2013 Founder, George Straley and President, Susan Straley arrived in Waukesha, Wisconsin after traveling 1,166 miles in 6 days. The husband and wife duo traveled from Florida to Wisconsin making five stops along the way. They met with machine tooling design and build customers, a robot and automation systems company, a furniture manufacturer, and a manufacturer of forklifts.
“Everyone was very friendly and gave us tours of their factories. Most all of them reported being very busy, which is great for us,” Susan Straley said. “I loved hearing how they are so glad they found us and like working with our team.”
One customer announced they were sending Rentapen 35 more fixtures to quote.
George Straley started Rentapen Inc. in 1976 and has been designing machines since. In the 1980’s the Straley’s moved their business to Waukesha, Wisconsin, and became a provider of 2D Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). They soon started designing in Pro/E 3D solid modeling and quickly became the experts. They have helped several customers set up Pro/Engineer for Machine Design, automating the bills of materials. Soon after that the introduced a major cost saving product in weld fixture design with their own line of RAPid Tooling Components™. In the beginning of producing their product, George and Susan packed RAPid Shims™ from their dining room table.
“Each time we train someone to sand, oil, count, and pack our precision metal shims. I tell them about the hours that our family spent counting and packing shims at our kitchen table in 2002,” said Susan Straley.
Rentapen Inc. provides 3D design and build of weld and assembly fixtures. Though Rentapen provides machine design engineering services to manufacturers, Rentapen also is a manufacturer. Producing their line of RAPid Tooling Components™ that are used on weld and assembly fixtures located on production floors throughout the United States. The line consists of Blocks, Plates, Clamp Risers and Shims.
Rentapen’s RAPid Blocks™, RAPid Plates™, Clamp Risers and Shims precisely hold a company’s product in their Weld Fixture while it is being manually or robotically assembled or welded. Rentapen Inc specializes in weld fixtures for manufacturers. When a company is tooling up their factory to produce their new product and the product contains items that need to be welded together, that company will call Rentapen to design and build a machine tool that they can use to improve efficiency on the production floor.
“We were able to see the fixtures we designed and built being used in the Robotic Weld Cells,” said George Straley. “We listen in these meetings for areas we can improve or problems that we can solve.”
Rapid Tooling Components™ reduce the design cost of the fixture by eliminating the need to design, detail and check similar parts over and over again. Three dimensional computer models are provided by Rentapen Inc. that customers can use to incorporate into their designs. These modular components are the new standard in weld jig and assembly fixture design.
Rentapen Inc., is the weld fixture specialist, and is home of RAPid Tooling Components. Rentapen Inc. has been providing machine tool design services to manufactures since 1976. A Certified Woman Owned Business and owns RAPid Tooling Components™. For more information about Rentapen Inc., please call 262-542-8891.