In an office that sits in the center of Cornell and Cookson’s 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Mountaintop, Pa., Hunter Lacomis works alongside a team of engineers, technicians, and interns. His job is to ensure Clopay Corporation commercial rolling door products are manufacturable, scalable, and cost-effective.
“It’s rewarding to experience how a product goes from concept, through development and testing, and to see that product used in commercial architecture,” said Hunter.
Every day, he and the engineering groups collaborate to find ways to increase productivity while safeguarding the superior quality that Clopay Corporation is known for. The end goal is to Design for Manufacturing (DFM), a process that ensures efficient product design.
Though no two days are the same, Hunter divides his time between reviewing prototypes and running test parts through the shop floor. His responsibilities range from creating new work areas to designing and building fixtures, writing or revising work instructions, specifying, and purchasing new equipment.
While commercial garage doors look simple from the outside, these products are incredibly complex. Cutting-edge technology and design are integrated into modern garage doors to add aesthetic value, efficiency, and security to buildings.
Hunter has to find ways to manufacture new products outside of daily problem-solving and monitoring. Launching a new product, or improving on an existing product, comes with a host of challenges.
“Products need parts, and to make parts, you need new processes,” said Hunter. “We have a wide range of manufacturing capabilities that allow us to develop fixturing and shop infrastructure in-house.”
Clopay Corporation recently launched VertiStack™ Clear, a unique vertical stacking door. Hunter has been working on the project since it was just whiteboard drawings and prototypes. He has played a significant role in guiding the product’s design to fit the processes needed to produce it.
“I get satisfaction in knowing that my contributions allow us to make a high-quality product,” said Hunter. “The best part is that I get to have fun in the process.”