Tishma Innovations LLCSteve Zabran, engineering manager for TMI - Tishma Innovations in Schaumburg , Ill. , is learning to drive on the left-hand side of the road. That’s because his new client is a bottler of distilled alcoholic spirits located in Great Britain. “So far, I’ve done okay,” he says, “The only thing I’ve run into is a curb.” Distilleries have a long tradition of excellence in Great Britain , and many of them are using antiquated equipment. Slippage from backlash in the drive train of these lines requires frequent attention from a maintenance technician, and adjustment is time consuming. The line must be shut down so the technician can use a wrench and a graduated scale to realign. It’s a trial and error process with several rounds of stopping, adjusting, and restarting the line before resuming production. In addition, adjusting the timing for changeover from one product to another can take hours. Clearly it’s time to upgrade and so one of the distilleries appealed to Tishma to help lower labor costs and down-time, while maintaining quality. “This was a high-stakes situation for Tishma,” says Zabran, “because success with this client could create opportunities with other distilleries in the region.” For this important design, he chose Candy Mfg. Co. , Inc. for a key component — the speed differential gearbox. With the Candy system in place, adjustments can be made on the fly with no down time. Product change-over can be made quickly by releasing the locking key on the Candy Differential and dialing in the predetermined setting in degrees. “The maintenance technician can visually see the timing being advanced or retarded as needed,” says Zabran. “Backlash still occurs, but the line can be adjusted quickly. For this application, the Candy Differential gearbox is an excellent solution.” The client says the new equipment is “spot-on.” Zabran says the Candy Diff-7 was key to their success. “Candy’s customer support is outstanding. They have exceptional follow-up. The sales manager stops by in the morning on his way to work to see if we’re doing okay. Candy took this part of the design off my plate so I could focus on other things.” Success with this equipment is sure to bring in more clients from European distilleries, increasing Tishma’s client base and providing more time for the Tishma team to perfect their skills at driving on the “wrong” side of the street! *** TMI - Tishma Innovations LLC, is managed by Petar Tisma. Located in Schaumburg , Ill. , they manufacture packaging machines for food, confectionery, beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and golf ball industries, as well as many others. Tishma can be contacted at www.tminn.com or by contacting Petar Tisma directly at email@example.com.