WVCO Supplier Spotlight: FANUC America Corporation

Through the years, WVCO’s longstanding industry leadership has allowed us to forge important partnerships and work with leading-edge companies to better serve our customers.

Companies such as FANUC America Corporation, one of the suppliers for our PRE-TEC division, gives us even better access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources. Our partnership with them is so valuable to us, we thought it would be beneficial to to share a little more about them with our followers.

It takes an extremely innovative company to supply us with the materials we need to build our custom and pre-engineered robotics such as multi-axis robot arms, end-of-arm tooling, conveyance systems, and safety hardware.

With headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan, FANUC America Corporation produces software, controls, and vision products that aid in the development of robotic systems. Their technologies help manufacturers like us maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

Their parent company, FANUC Corporation, was named the 26th most innovative company in the world, and the sixth top ranked innovator in Asia by Forbes in 2013. This is the third consecutive year Forbes has named FANUC a top global innovator.

To get an idea of their extensive capabilities, just watch this video where they demonstrate four FANUC Arc Mate 100iC robots welding an automotive trailer hitch:

For more information about FANUC America Corporation visit www.fanucamerica.com.

Meet Tapel Willamette, our South American Division

Nos asociamos a través del servicio, la innovación y la integridad. We partner through service, innovation and integrity.

62 years ago, Willamette Valley Company began as a small business that distributed mill supplies to the wood products industry. Today we have the ability to provide custom products and services all over the world thanks in part to our South American Division of WVCO, Tapel Willamette Inc. SA.

For the past 14 years, Tapel Willamette has produced and distributed the same high-quality solutions for wood, rail, and concrete industries as our North American divisions from their headquarters in Coronel, Chile.

The commitment to quality, service, and innovation has made Tapel Willamette a leading supplier in timber industry, providing products, services and technology solutions. Chemists and engineers continually seek ways to improve the application of our products to add value to their production.

Tapel Willamette recently achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification Process, a set of requirements for a quality management system to ensure that systems and processes are in place so that product and services are delivered effectively and in a controlled and repeatable manner.

To achieve this goal, engineers implemented a world class ERP system that regulates production so that Tapel Willamette can deliver quality, service and value in all products offered to customers.  This quality management system is also used in various plants in the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit www.tapel.cl

Tapel Willamette Inc. SA
Headquarters. 3625 Estero La Posada Avenue Industrial Park Major Major – Chile
Phone: (56) (41) 2928100
Fax: (56) (41) 292810

Coronel, Chile

Obtenga más información visitando www.tapel.cl

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What does WVCO have to do with potatoes? More than you think!

We may be known for our innovations in wood products, railroad maintenance productsconcrete repair solutions and automated systems, but did you know our capabilities extend beyond these industries including agriculture?

You may be surprised to learn that WVCO is the premier supplier of potato seed treatment bark flours. In fact, nearly all potato seed grown in North America is coated with our product which helps protect the newly planted seed.

Potatoes have been an integral part of much of the world’s food supply for centuries and is the world’s fourth largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and maize. Here are some other quick facts about this important crop that you may not have known:

• The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.

• The potato is known to produce more food per unit area of land planted than any other major-planted crop.

• There are thousands of different potato varieties but the most popular ones include Russet, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Desiree and Fingerling.

• In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.

• North Dakota produces over 2.7 billion pounds of potatoes annually, while Minnesota is not far behind at 2.3 billion pounds! The states of Idaho and Washington produce nearly half of the U.S. potato crop.

Our eco-friendly product line includes Agri-Fil Premium Douglas Fir which protects the seed potato before and after planting by drying and sealing the cut areas. Other agriculture products include Agri-Fil Premium Alder which is manufactured to exacting standards (this is critical to ensuring performance in the field).

Applications include organic treatments, dispersement of dry chemicals like fungicide, and a drying agent to follow up wet seed treatment.

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