Autostacker Manufacturing Explained
Please welcome to your home, shop or operation, the most sophisticated parking lift ever made. Before it gets to you, a ton of work goes into each and every unit we make. Some pretty cool machines, processes, engineering, and other manufacturing wizardry transforms raw steel and other hardware into a vehicle stacking masterpiece. We’d like to share with you a few photos and some speech stuff. We’re proud of what we do and like to show off every now and then.
Ladies and gentlemen...
Nothing is more important to our quality control, reputation and general customer satisfaction than our manufacturing process. Every parking lift that leaves our facilities needs to be in pristine condition. Nothing short of excellence will do; from our machinery to our employees to our rigorous safety and quality control inspections, every detail counts. Our ambitious global outlook is what has defined the BendPak name for three decades of vehicle lift production, and nearly 50 years in the automotive equipment business.
It all starts with the best raw materials and the safest, most streamlined facilities in the world. Over 700 worldwide employees are trained to follow rigid ISO-9001 factory guidelines. With safety standards being second-to-none in importance, we also focus deeply on environmental responsibility, cost-efficiency, quality, customer service, accountability and most importantly, our half-century defined code-of-ethics. Every step of the way, we endeavor to create safer products, lower costs through manufacturing efficiencies and a better customer experience. It’s our promise to you, backed up by an industry-best product warranty.
Sophisticated metal fabrication technology
Our sophisticated manufacturing technologies enable us to hold precision tolerances for every part we make. Our state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment includes the latest CNC lasers, CNC punching and panel bending machines, CNC press brakes, shears and saws, CNC tube benders, welding, both manual MIG, TIG, and robotic welding. We continue to invest in the latest custom metal fabrication technologies .
Laser cutting is a core competency at all of BendPak’s manufacturing facilities. This precise method of heat cutting helps transform a flat sheet of metal into numerous parts with a variety of characteristic and shapes. Laser cutting gives you cleaner, burr-free cuts, quicker production, minimal operator intervention and greater accuracy which equates to less wasted metal & time. This lowers manufacturing cost resulting in a savings to our customers.
How we make our galvanized decking
Galvanized steel is carbon steel sheet coated with zinc on both sides. Continuous hot dipping and electro-galvanizing is used to produce our galvanized coils. Our hot dip process consists of passing the steel through a bath of molten zinc then electro-galvanizing to apply the zinc coating. The result is a layer of zinc tightly adhered to the base metal through an iron-zinc bonding layer. Zinc coating is one of the most effective and economical methods of protecting bare steel from a corroding environment. The zinc not only serves as a barrier between the steel and the environment.
Once a coil of galvanized sheet has been released for production, it is sent through one of our large-bed, high-tonnage roll-forming machines. Each roll-forming machine contains a series of dies which gives the metal its defining shape. As the galvanized sheet progresses through each die set the look of the decking is created with increasing degrees of complexity. The tooling and processes we use are among the most complex in the metal forming industry. Each deck section is immediately inspected for quality as well as finish, appearance, and tolerance accuracy. Once they pass inspection, they are carefully packaged to ensure safe transit so they can be installed on your new Autostacker for a lifetime of use, beauty and functionality.
The powder coat process
Autostacker is more than a revolutionary parking lift: it’s an essential part of the BendPak family tree. And we treat every member of our family equally. That’s why Autostacker goes through the same, rigorous power coat process as all our other car lifts. Unlike many of our competitors who cut corners in their equipment finishing, resulting in scratched, peeling, rusted and damaged structures, Autostacker boasts the best powder coating in the business. Ahem.
The 10-step process involves a vigorous visual inspection, followed by an intense sandblasting. Next, the structure is washed in a massive five-stage phosphate tank. The parts are then cleaned and dried to prevent rust before being outgassed. Outgassing pre-bakes all components in a curing oven, which prevents imperfections that hide in the pores of the metal. This process, if not carefully executed, will result in paint chips and a lower quality parking lift. High-temperature masking tape and silicone plugs are then applied to any surfaces and/or threaded holes that need masking, and a thinner wipe is used to remove dirt, oil, debris, fingerprints, etc. Now the parts can be hung on an electrostatically grounded conveyor line. Powder is applied with an electrostatic spray gun, and the powder sticks to the surface of the steel. We can then cure the parts at 400°F for 45 minutes. This impressive process is essentially how every Autostacker parking lift is “born” in our facilities.
Our quality assurance
Once the finished lift is completed, our engineers inspect and test it again for quality. No Autostacker is released to our customers until it has passed numerous quality checks by one of our Quality Assurance Engineers. The final product must meet our exact and industry-leading standards.