We are currently fabricating nine sets of bridges and bases that combine to become components of stainless steel Blow-Fill-Seal machines. These machines are used to produce small and large volume sterile liquid-filled containers used by the pharmaceutical, health care, and food industries. . This safe and sterile technology is considered superior by various regulatory agencies, including the United States Food and Drug Administration. A container is formed, filled and sealed in a continuous process, without human intervention, in a sterile enclosed area inside a machine. Examples of the containers that can be produced are: IV bottles, contact lens solution bottles, and squeezable beverage containers.
To fabricate these parts, J & J Burning uses prime, mill-certified 304 stainless steel plate in thicknesses ranging from 3/8” – 1 1/4”. Each set requires over 260 labor hours to manufacture. To ensure dimensional stability when building stainless steel fabrications, our welders employ pulse-puddle arc welding and all parts go through vibratory stress relief. These added processes eliminate warping and distortion and allow the parts to remain within a tight tolerance. For cosmetic enhancement, the parts are blasted with glass beads prior to machining to produce a smooth, bright finish.
These pictures show the bases and bridges in-process at J & J, along with the finished machine and a diagram of how it works.
stainless steel bases in-process
stainless steel bases and bridges in-process
complete machine and sample containers
how it works
At J & J Burning and Fabricating Company, we place a great emphasis on the safety of our employees. In an effort to keep the inherently dangerous world of a steel fabricating facility as safe as possible, we have enlisted Safety Consultants from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to assist us in refining our practices.
Partnering with these outside experts has been vital in keeping both management and manufacturing employees in a “Safety First” mindset. Using both MIOSHA mandated and our own internal records, we track all injuries and accidents. Each one is investigated, recorded, and discussed at our monthly safety meetings. We try to learn from past mistakes and revise practices or update equipment to ensure that the same mistake does not happen twice. We also have two shop supervisors who were certified through a MIOSHA General Industry Safety course. They have been able to take what they learned and tailor it to meet the needs of our metal fabricating environment.
The national Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to set and enforce regulations to ensure that all private sector workers in the United States have safe and healthy working conditions. OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. MIOSHA is our statewide branch. According to the State of Michigan website, MIOSHA works with employers and employees to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Health and safety activities include setting and enforcing standards; providing safety and health training and education; and working with partners to develop innovative programs to prevent workplace hazards.
With a concentrated effort, J & J Burning has reduced injuries by 88% in the last three years. We are very proud of the fact that we have an injury rating below the steel fabrication industry average.