Automotive & Manufacturing

Case Study: In-Situ Truss Reinforcement

There is sometimes a misconception that routine engineering projects require plug-and-play solutions. However, in our experience, even these often present situations that require creativity.

For example, one of our Automotive and Manufacturing clients is expanding an existing line. In order to expand the line, existing trusses and jack trusses require reinforcement in order to install an extension to conveyors hung from the trusses.

Our structural designers have developed an in-situ reinforcement solution in order to simplify the design and avoid removal of loads prior to reinforcement. The design also reduces the total weight of steel required to reinforce the trusses.

Where reinforcement is required for the existing truss members, the solution calls for the design a new member cross section (existing plus reinforcement) without consideration for existing member stresses. As allowed by strength design, it is assumed the new section is capable of developing the full plastic capacity of the new built up member cross section. This assumes adequate connection of the reinforcement and not decreasing the radius of gyration to less than 85% of the existing radius of gyration.

The expansion is moving forward and this solution has saved the client cost and hassle. Furthermore, while this method of reinforcement is now […]

R.E. Warner Welcomes New Project Director Al Amy

R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc. announces that Al Amy has joined the firm as Project Director.

“We are pleased to have Al join our team,” R.E. Warner President Ted Beltavski, P.E., said.  “His depth of knowledge about industrial facilities and passion for finding technical solutions that achieve business objectives will help us to continue to be a partner to clients.”

As Project Director, Mr. Amy will be responsible for ensuring clients’ stated goals are met on projects as well as building and maintaining relationships with new and existing clients in the automotive and manufacturing, and power sectors.

Mr. Amy has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. He has experience in all phases of industrial construction, maintenance and facility management within the automotive, manufacturing, and power generation (fossil and nuclear) sectors. His specialized expertise includes tooling and equipment installations, removals, facility consolidations and decommissioning. Mr. Amy studied business at Kent State University.