USA: Plant Upgrades Made to Improve Ellicott Operations
As Ellicott continues to grow, the company is constantly adding new resources to improve manufacturing process and products.
In 2011 Ellicott added the following items:
•Plant lighting upgrades – all of the main shop lighting has been replaced with HE (high efficiency) fluorescent lighting,
• Hydraulic flushing unit – this unit improves Ellicott’s capability to flush, filter, and test hydraulic circuits on dredges prior to shipment,
• Additional shop equipment – 50-ton yard crane, shaft lathes with live tooling, horizontal machining centers, several jib cranes, a boom lift, modular welding fixtures, peening machine, reach truck, forklift, and a new paint booth,
• Additional equipment – new boiler, office computer S/W upgrades, PK QA module implementation, and new manufacturing software.
Ellicott hopes to continue to expand its operations while maintaining high-quality dredges for its customers. Ellicott General Manager Robert Croom says “these upgrades have allowed Ellicott to be more efficient in all aspects of the business from designing through shipping.”
Dredging Today Staff, January 5, 2012; Image: dredge