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What Does an Advanced Manufacturing Plant Look Like?

Posted by Rick Steinke on 11/9/16 11:50 AM

Google Tour of Sentry Equipment

Today’s manufacturing has changed in recent years to promote quality, innovation and productivity. As a result, customers are demanding more from their suppliers. They want manufacturing partners with an advanced manufacturing plant with more capabilities.

In addition to an organized, orderly, clean and safe environment, customers want products from advanced manufacturing plants that use the latest production equipment and processes to employ agile, flexible and smart manufacturing. They want the benefits of the facilities that use advanced technologies for improved product quality, reduced costs and on-time production and delivery.

Ultimately, an advanced manufacturing plant is working toward the Industry 4.0 industrial revolution that integrates sensors into manufacturing. This plant will use autonomous robotics with added data collection and monitoring capabilities to drive productivity improvements. The plant will be moving toward the goal of automated “lights out” manufacturing with 24/7 production capabilities. The manufacturing team at Sentry Equipment is improving its capabilities as an advanced manufacturing plant.

To help customers learn more about our manufacturing capabilities, our website now features a “Street View virtual tour" by Google. This immersive experience uses the same technology as Google Street View. It’s an easy and fun way to explore our manufacturing space with a 360-degree view across all devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Now visitors can tour our manufacturing facility without ever leaving their location. They can virtually walk through the manufacturing area to explore and interact with it.

Virtual Visitors Welcome

“The virtual tour is an exceptional way for out-of-state or overseas customers to see our manufacturing facility and its capabilities, from welding, to machining, assembly, testing to packaging and shipping,” explains Rick Steinke, Vice President of Operations at Sentry Equipment. “From the time a visitor walks in the door, you can see the quality of the facility, the employees’ pride in workmanship and how they take care of their environment. Our customers have confidence in a supplier that showcases its capabilities in the virtual tour format.”

Below are some of the key manufacturing capabilities you’ll find in advanced manufacturing.

Professional & Skilled Labor

17 years without a lost time safety incident in its factory, due to numerous safety policies and the care the company’s employee-owners take in ensuring safety.


Operations for various types of metals and plastics such as stainless steel, zirconium, inconel, alloy 20, nylon, polytetrafluoroethylene and PVDF.

GTAW (TIG), GMAW (MIG), FCAW, and SMAW (Stick). ASME certified in stainless steel, carbon steel, and exotic materials such as zirconium, inconel, alloy 20, and aluminum.

Painting & Coating
Capability of painting any solvent based paints including epoxy, enamel, alkyd enamel, polyurethane, and zinc coating

Product Testing
Electrical continuity and hi-potential (2,000V), hydrostatic leak testing up to 15,000 psi, analysis for positive material identification (PMI) and manufacturing quality assurance and control.

Packaging, Crating & Delivery
92% average on-time shipments, export compliant

Take A Virtual Tour

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Written by Rick Steinke

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As Vice President of Operations at Sentry Equipment, Rick Steinke is responsible for materials management, purchasing, inventory, production planning, manufacturing engineering, buildings and grounds and all factory operations at Sentry Equipment. Throughout his career, he has held roles in engineering, sales, manufacturing and management and received a bachelor’s degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering.