Manufacturing Automation Capabilities | Kaman Distribution

Manufacturing Automation Capabilities

Manufacturing Capabilities

Kaman Automation's services go beyond advanced engineering and design to include the manufacture, installation, and commissioning of engineered solutions.

We serve as an extension of our customers’ procurement, engineer­ing, and manufacturing teams. Where required, we can refine existing designs for compliance with end-user operation­al, safety, quality and final documenta­tion requirements. In some cases, Kaman Automation is engaged to be the prime contractor, acting as your single point of contact and accepting responsibility for a project’s overall management and administration. Our production operations are modern, organized, clean and efficient to make sure your expectations are always met or exceeded.



Kaman Automation's rigorous documentation and evaluation standards ensure the new solutions we create provide expected and repeatable outcomes. We can also review existing documentation and help bring it up to date, incorporating the existing “tribal knowledge” known on the floor but not yet recorded, or create new documentation to make current our customers’ applications.

For new design documentation, customers turn to us for enclosure & sub-panel layouts, cable assembly details, bills of materials, operation & maintenance manuals (O&Ms), graphical screen layouts of operator interface terminals, and others, either to their specified format or our own standard format and CAD symbol sets. Electrical schematic documentation can be provided in NFPA Ladder or IEC formats using AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical or Eplan CAD/CAE software tools.

For existing design documentation typically associated with “build to print” or “contract manufacturing” opportunities supplied by our customers, Kaman Automation's Manufacturing Engineering (ME) group reviews and marks-up the documentation as necessary to ensure efficient manufacturing and compliance with our quality procedures. Often, development of new documentation is part of initial “build to print” orders.

Depending on requirements, specific documentation sets are created in support of electrical and safety compliance certification processes include Underwriters Laboratory (UL), (CSA), IEC construction files (CE Mark) and others.

With extensive experience developing and supporting our OEM and end-user customers’ documentation needs, we are uniquely qualified to provide value-added solutions, whether it’s engineering a complete menu-driven documentation system capable of quickly handling the OEM’s model variations or ongoing management of an OEM’s documentation set in support of Value Engineering efforts.


OEM Control Panels

OEM Control Panels

Kaman Automation engineers are available to examine our customers’ control panel require­ments; manufacturing and testing procedures; production volume and demand timing; shipping requirements; and any in-field technical support needs.

Five specific areas where Kaman Automation adds value to OEM Control Panel develop­ment include:

Value Engineering
This process typically involves a detailed technical review of the customer’s application and bill of materials. Our engineers work with our supply chain specialists to specify the most price competitive components, while ensuring compli­ance with function and design objec­tives. This process includes a focus on manufacturing efficiencies and other benefits derived from a Design for Manufacturing approach.

Kaizen Event
Frequently used to support Value Engineering exercis­es, we often host Kaizen Events involving a customer’s engineering, purchasing, manufacturing and pro-duct managers. AC&E facilitators work directly with the customer to achieve cost reduction goals but frequently find that the synergistic cooperation also leads to improvements to the overall product design.

Component Inventory Management
Engineered inventory management and stocking agreements allow AC&E to assure its OEM custom­ers that the necessary components will be available during standard and peak production cycles.

Codes & Standards Compliance
The Kaman Automation team can work as a virtual extension of your product engineering team, modifying designs for compliance to the applicable NEC/UL, IEC/CE and other codes as required, and can typically provide the construction file necessary for final CE marking or system installation.

Enhanced Manufacturing Capabilities
Our manufacturing capabilities are not limited to control panels and cables. Depending upon the product type and physical size, custom electromechanical sub-assemblies and fully assembled and tested complementary products are also available.


Custom Enclosures

Custom Enclosures

With the resources to design and build control panels for most applications, regardless of mechanical, environmental or regulatory constraints, Kaman Automation is uniquely suited to help our customers meet their custom enclosure challenges.