Roto Frank of America Wins 2005 Connecticut Quality Award for Innovation
Roto Frank of America Inc., a manufacturer of window and door hardware, headquartered in Chester, Conn., has won the gold 2005 Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize for its use of laser technology in cutting helical gears.
Roto received the award during the 18th Annual Conference on Quality and Innovation held last month at the Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook, Conn.
"To make helical gears, the mechanisms that open and close casement windows, hardware manufacturers have traditionally relied upon a four step process involving stamping, shaping, de-burring and heat treating," says Jeff Briggs, vice president of research and development at Roto Frank of America. This procedure requires costly tooling upkeep and doesn't allow for flexibility to accommodate the many varieties of gears desired by window manufacturers.
Roto was among 104 applicants from 70 Connecticut organizations including manufacturers, service companies, universities, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations as well as state government. The entries were ranked in three areas--approach, deployment and results--which were then translated into CIP's criteria of opportunity, innovation and numerical results. Pfizer, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and GE Equipment were among the other award winners.
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