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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

LCI Introduces Automated Brake Press

Mon Jul 31, 2017

150151585281761.jpgElkhart, Ind. — The Chassis Division of Lippert Components, Inc. has introduced an automated brake press with a robotic arm that reassigns the formerly manual process of bending cross members to join I-beams.

Team members supply the machine with stacks of laser or pressed blank I-beams. The robotic arm communicates with the brake press and creates bends in the cross members and then checks them for correct angularity.

LCI’s automated brake press is just one step the business is taking to ensure operations are run efficiently and cost effectively, but as LCI’s Technical Director of the Chassis Division explains, the state-of-the-art machinery also serves to train LCI’s team members with the latest in automation technology.

“The automated brake press has opened up many opportunities for our production and for our team members," LCI Technical Director of the Chassis Division Philip Wiltshire says. "Introducing the technology has not only helped promote safety and efficiency, but it has created learning opportunities for our team members who are now responsible for supervising and operating the new technology.”

LCI’s automated brake press is the first step in the overall automation strategy within the Chassis Division.

LCI also has released a video detailing the new automated brake press. To watch the video, click here, which will take you to the RV News Video Library.