The Walgren Process is a powerful collaboration between Walgren engineers and customer representatives. This unique protocol, refined over more than 60 years, produces success at each benchmark.
It also results in the commissioning of an efficient finishing system that delivers the consistency, throughput and flexibility the customer specified, on-time and on-budget.
The Walgren Process
- The Walgren Process begins with our investment in time and resources to understand each
customer's specific products, facility, working culture, and short and long-term priorities. During this
stage, we work with customer representatives to outline the applicable process steps, line layout, loading and unloading of parts,
material handling requirements within the line, (as well as up and downstream) sizing, controls,
and environmental issues.
- Based on our findings, Walgren technicians generate two preliminary documents: a design production
analysis, and design process spreadsheet. Informal discussions and clarifications then lead to the creation of a comprehensive design layout with elevation
- In the next step, equipment is selected and sized, and a quotation is produced. Customer comments
then lead to refinement and clarification of various proposal elements before final approval.
- Once a project is approved, an internal Walgren project “kick off” meeting is scheduled, where timeline
requirements and milestones are specified, and assigned to
project team members.
- During the engineering phase of a project, engineers and designers collaborate on system design,
and specify all components. All drawings are subject to an extensive internal checking process prior
to their release to manufacturing to assure ISO and NADCAP compliance.
- The pre-production drawing package generated by Walgren includes the line layout, elevation view,
roof openings, concrete requirements, utility tie points, and PID drawings. This package is provided to
the customer for comment and approval. Once drawings are approved, bills of material are released for
the purchase of raw materials and for direct-buy items to be shipped directly to the customer site. (If needed, all components can remain at Walgren Company for customer review and approval before shipment.)
- Installation begins after manufactured items are complete and the facility is ready. Depending on
the project size, equipment may ship to the job site all at once, or in stages to complement the installation
sequence. Walgren contracts worldwide with three highly knowledgeable installation crews that specialize
in the installation of Walgren-built finishing systems. To assure the installation proceeds exactly as outlined,
an experienced installation manager remains onsite throughout the installation process.
- The last phase of the project is commissioning and worker training. Our controls engineer and installation
manager test every system component and document all pertinent settings. All material handling equipment
is cycled multiple times and inspected for anomalies. Once the system is commissioned, operators receive
both classroom and “hands on” training.
- Preventative maintenance contracts are available for short or long terms. Most customers use Walgren
PM contracts to train their own maintenance personnel and take
over this responsibility gradually, over time.