5 Manufacturing Facilities That Will Blow Your Mind

1.) Volkswagen Factory at Autostadt – Wolfsburg, Germany

The Autostadt facility attracts more than 2 million visitors per year with its unique, ultra-modern architectural design. The main pavilion opened in May of 2000 which provided an opportunity to present famous cars to the public. There are two 200 ft. tall glass silos used as storage for new Volkswagens. The two towers are connected to the Volkswagen factory by an underground tunnel. When the cars arrive at the towers, they are carried up to one of the many slots that revolve around the entire silo. The unique part of this design is that if somebody decides to purchase a new vehicle at Autostadt, the car is automatically retrieved and delivered at the bottom with an odometer reading of exactly “0.” The Autostadt factory is without a doubt an amazing example of modern engineering.

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2.) Lockheed Martin – Fort Worth, TX

Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, MD is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and support of military aircraft. For Lockheed Martin, it all started back in 1912 when Glenn L. Martin established the Glenn L. Martin Company in Los Angeles, California. It all began after he built his first plane in a rented church. Today, Lockheed Martin is a global frontrunner acquiring $47,182 M revenue in 2012 (biz.yahoo.com). Lockheed Martin takes our number 2 spot with their amazing aeronautics facility in Fort Worth, Texas. This massive facility houses some of the most innovative and advanced military aircraft in the world. With 14,500 + employees at this particular facility, it’s safe to say that the Fort Worth facility is a stunning example of modern manufacturing.

3.) Harley Davidson – York, PA

Harley Davidson is a world-renowned brand and manufacturer of motorcycles. Their York, PA headquarters is home to the assembly of the Touring, Softail®, CVO™ and Trike models. In addition, they also perform a wide-variety of manufacturing operations including making parts such as frames, fuel tanks and fenders. Over the years, thousands of Harley Davidson owners and fans have flocked to the York location to witness a breathtaking tour of the facility. In fact, they were named one of “America’s Best Factory Tours” by Smarter Travel Media. Harley Davidson continues to develop top-notch motorcycles for their massive following of brand advocates.


4.) Louisville Slugger – Louisville, KY

Who doesn’t recognize the name Louiville Slugger? Did you know it all began in the hands of a 17 year old kid? That’s right – Louiville Slugger started when John A. “Bud” Hillerich witnessed Pete Browning (Louiville Eclipse player) break his bat at a game. Bud then invited Browning over to his father’s woodworking shop in Louisville, KY to make him a new one. Bud then hand-crafted a new bat that led Browning to obtain three hits the next day. 120 years later, Louisville Slugger has sold more than 100,000,000 bats, making it the most popular brand in baseball.


5.) Riedel – Austria

Riedel is a wine glass manufacturer headquartered in Austria. What’s unique about Riedel is the fact that their history goes all the way back to the first generation of the family in 1678 when Johann Christoph Riedel was born. He spent his life journeying all over Europe trading glass. In fact, he traveled as far as Spain and Portugal to make a name for him. Today, Riedel has 5 factories that produce a mind blowing amount of wine glass pieces per year. At their Frauenau factory, Riedel has 200 employees where they produce 19 million pieces per year! That’s only a small piece of the pie – their Amberg factory produces 18 million pieces per year, Weiden produces 17 million pieces per year and Kufstein produces 250,000 pieces per year.


So, there you have it! Our top 5 list of manufacturing facilities that will blow your mind. Which one is your favorite? Do you know of any other facilities that should have made the list? Drop a comment below and let us know!

10 Answers to Your 10 Most Popular Industrial Repair Questions


Let’s face it – when it comes to industrial repair, things can get technical. More than likely, when it’s time to repair your industrial electronic components, you’ve got questions. To make things easier for you, we’ve collected 10 of the most popular industrial repair questions that we receive on a daily basis and answered them all. Here they are –

1.) What’s your turnaround time? Turnaround time depends on availability of parts. Oftentimes, a repair can be completed with components in stock, but occasionally we have to wait for delivery from OEMs, or search for obsolete items from alternate sources. 

2.) Do you offer a warranty? Yes, we provide a one-year warranty on all of our repairs. To learn more about our one-year warranty, click here.

3.) Do you repair servo motors? Yes, we do! In fact, we have our own dedicated servo motor department. To learn more about our servo motor repair capabilities, check out our servo motor page here.

4.) Where is ACT located  ACT has multiple locations –

Automation & Control Technologies, LTD
28210 Cedar Park Blvd.
Perrysburg, OH 43551

ACT Southern Services, LLC.
3224-B Westwood Industrial Dr.
Monroe, NC 28110

Shanghai ACT Industrial Repairs Services Co., Ltd.
Room 206, Building 10, No. 787 Kangqiao Road
Pu Dong New Area
Shanghai, P.R. China 201315

5.) What if I don’t see a service on your website that I am looking for? Give us a call or email us! Although a particular service may not be listed on our website, it doesn’t mean we can’t do it. As always, ACT offers a risk-free quote that can be accomplished by filling out our simple form here. If you’d prefer to speak directly with someone quickly, give us a call at 888-655-3955 and we’ll be happy to go over any questions you may have!

6.) I have an emergency repair – what do I do? Don’t wait any longer! ACT can offer rush repairs when you need it most. Head over to our Request A Quote page and be sure to fill in the box that says “Rush Requirements.” Alternatively, you can give us a call at 888-655-3955 and we’ll get your quote started immediately.

7.) I have an obsolete component. Can you fix it? Most likely! We specialize in reverse engineering obsolete components. Send it in for a quote and we’ll let you know the details.   

8.) How do I send my item in for repair? To send your item in for repair, you’ll want to first fill out and print this packing slip. Once you’ve got your packing slip completely filled out, go ahead and place your industrial equipment/component(s) and packing slip in an appropriately sized package. Be sure to protect your component from further damage by wrapping it safely before boxing it up. Please include a description of what problem you are having with it.  Lastly, ship your package to the following address:

Automation & Control Technologies
28210 Cedar Park Blvd.
Perrysburg, OH 43551

9.) How do I check the status of my repair? You can check the status of your repair through our R.A.M.P. (Repairable Asset Management Program) in-plant, asset tracking and repair management program. Our web-based program is designed to give you easy access to information about your repair expenses, activity and status. Alternatively, you can always give us a call at 888-655-3955 and ask about the status of your repair. To learn more about ACT’s proprietary R.A.M.P. program, click here.   

10.) How do I get a tracking number for my repair? To obtain the tracking number for your repair, just ask. You email us directly at sales@act-repair.com, or give us a call at 888-655-3955. Your tracking number is our in-house repair number, just ask. We also include it in your quote.

Prevent Equipment Failure With Vibration Analysis

Abnormal levels of vibration can cause equipment failure without proper analysis. Vibration, as defined in the dictionary – “a periodic motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from the position of equilibrium when that equilibrium has been disturbed or the state of being vibrated or in vibratory motion as in oscillation or a quivering or trembling motion.”

The important factor in this definition is that vibration is motion. As this motion continues to build up, the level of frequency can change and is undetectable by human touch. In order to obtain valuable data about equipment vibration, we use vibration detection instruments and signature analysis software. We use sensors to quantify the magnitude of vibration and convey them in the following three ways:

1.      Displacement

2.      Velocity

3.      Acceleration 

With a good understanding of machine design and operation, we can interpret the information received from testing to define the machine problem. Once the information is retrieved, an easy-to-follow report is generated for anyone with basic knowledge to read.

Let us handle the vibration analysis for you! Contact us today for a FREE quote –