Universal Metalcraft, Inc., in Paterson, New Jersey, established in 1974, employs 18 people and has 1.5 million dollars in annual sales. Universal designs and builds specialized machines, specifically for the automotive brake industry. They build machines that are used to grind and drill brake pads and a riveting machine that rivets the pad to steel. They are also a machine shop that does production work for companies in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) contacted Universal Metalcraft to assist them in confirming that their mission critical manufacturing equipment was Y2K compliant. Universal Metalcraft decided to have their computerized machinery used in production checked, because it was the most likely to have Y2K related problems.
A representative from Passaic County Community College trained and collected an inventory of the items in Universal Metalcraft’s Mission Critical System, to submit for investigation. All of the items submitted were determined to be Y2K Compliant. And as a result, Universal Metalcraft entered the new millennium without any Y2K malfunctions.
” We are glad the New Jersey MEP called to offer this no-cost check, because we did not have the resources to do so ourselves”, stated Marlene Wenstrom, Secretary/Treasurer at Universal Metalcraft. By having their manufacturing equipment checked, they retained 18 jobs, which would have been lost if the company had to close their doors due to Y2K malfunctions. This also saved the company from replacing equipment or software unnecessarily.