At 3: 30 p.m. on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, Tim Taylor of BME Mechanical & Electrical in Burlington, KY, got an urgent
call from an important client, the Toyota
plant in Georgetown. The paint shop
needed supplemental cooling urgently
or the production line would have to be
shut down. The plant has 7,000 team
members and builds 2,000 vehicles
each workday and 500,000 each year.
Shutting down the line just wasn’t an
The situation demanded an immediate
solution. The paint line is one of the
most delicate and important finishing
steps in the production sequence – the
paint must have a glossy, flawless
finish. No dust, dirt or foreign matter
can be blown into the air. Any contamination of the environment that damaged
the finish would require a halt to the
production line and expensive rework
on any impacted vehicles.
The obstacle was the uncertain quality
and condition of rental equipment.
Toyota’s previous experience with rental
companies had not been good, and
rentals were not initially considered
an option. However, Toyota did not
have time to implement a permanent
solution, despite having made an emergency capital request.
That’s when BME’s Taylor picked up
the phone and called Spot Coolers.
Previously used units wouldn’t do:
these portable coolers had to be brand
new, clean and unused. Spot Coolers
quickly agreed to tap into its inventory
and open up new units for the job. That
Friday night, Spot Coolers delivered six
units to the most urgent line. The BME
Spot-On Portable Cooling Units Avoid Costly
PAINT LINE FOR AUTO
PRODUCTION PLANT NEEDED
SOLUTION: IMMEDIATE DELIVERY
OF BRAND-NEW PORTABLE
team followed Saturday morning with
installation consisting of specialized
field fabricated ductwork, more than
400 feet of electrical wiring for each
unit, and special runs for the condensate lines. The Toyota production team
inspected the job. The bottom line: the
production line remained operational!
Toyota was impressed by the speed of
service and the quality of the equipment
and the installation. The solution was so
effective that they ordered an additional
14 units to address other critical plant
needs. Again, BME and Spot Coolers
deployed 100% new units to meet
BME and Spot Coolers teamed together
to address the true customer need –
immediate supplemental cooling
through customized installation and
rental equipment in perfect condition.
They provided the right units – deliv-
ered, set up, and running – in time to
keep production rolling.
THE PAINT LINE at Toyota received six brand-new portable cooling units the same day.