Airmo TestMaster® Model 350 Hydrostatic Test Tool Decreases
and Reduces Cost of Goods
for Piper Metal Forming Company
Piper Metal Forming Co., a leading oxygen and carbon dioxide cylinder manufacturer, is
among the first companies to realize the dramatic cost-saving benefits of the new Airmo
TestMaster® Model 350 Series Hydrostatic Bottle and Cylinder Test Tool.
Piper was able to solve serious thread damage and product return problems as a result of
the innovative collet design and self-seating piston actuation technology integrated into the
TestMaster® Model 350 Test Tool.
Piper Metal Forming uses a cold forging process to manufacture aluminum oxygen and
carbon dioxide cylinders for the medical industry. Per DOT compliance, every cylinder that
Piper ships must be tested before it leaves their manufacturing facility in New Albany, MS.
Prior to installing 24 TestMaster® Model 350 Test Tools, Piper used a manual connector in
their hydrostatic test process that could damage cylinder threads when it was coupled and
But, the damage went undetected because cylinders still passed the hydrostatic test and
product was shipped without Piper knowing the threads were damaged. Of course, when the Piper customer realized the cylinder threads were corrupted, Piper replaced the
cylinder which added to their raw material and shipping costs.
Kyle Green, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer at Piper, and the Airmo design team formed a
strategic working partnership to custom design the TestMaster® Model 350 to meet Piper's specific
hydrostatic testing application.
Green said, "We needed to eliminate thread damage on our oxygen cylinders and we did it. We have not
had any products returned since January, 2008.
We significantly reduced our scrap and at the current rate we see a payback on the 24 TestMaster®
Model 350's in less than two years. With the reduced scrap and no returns, our production rates should
increase as well."
Charles Smida, Airmo President said, "It took some trial and error, but in the end we engineered the
perfect solution for Piper. Currently, Piper Metal Forming is in the process of adding 24 more Airmo
TestMaster® Model 350 Test Tools to their carbon dioxide bottle line."
Harry Morán, Airmo COO stated, "The TestMaster® Model 350 increases production rates, reduces scrap,
and improves bottom line performance."
To learn more about the Airmo TestMaster® Model 350 Hydrostatic Bottle and Cylinder Test Tool, contact:
Phone: (763) 786-0000
In addition, to a full line of hydrostatic test tools, Airmo also manufactures ExpanTek® tube
expansion and tube-to-tube sheet swaging equipment, and SelectForm® tube end forming equipment.
For more information on Airmo's complete line of test tools, systems, and accessories, contact:
Toll Free: (800) 394-0016
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