McCOMB, Ohio—An Ohio company is turning to the internet to create a new business opportunity in its rubber hose manufacturing operation.
Crushproof Tubing Co. believes this new approach will appeal to fledging companies looking to save money on their product development costs. This, Crushproof director of operations Jonathan Rodebaugh said, is a coming out party for an online program developed by Crushproof Tubing to help customers design their products.
Dubbed Build-A-Hose, the web-based portal is designed to help establish new projects without any start-up costs such as tooling or molding, said Rodebaugh, who also is a partner at McComb-based Crushproof.
Crushproof, itself, is not your typical hose manufacturer, he said. And Build-A-Hose in not your typical way to spec out a project.
The company uses an extrusion technology at the core of its offerings instead of relying on a molding approach. Workers and tools then are used to customize the extruded rubber products to customer specifications.
"It's a proprietary process so I will have to dance a fine line here. We don't want to give away our secret sauce," Rodebaugh said. "Our process uses various tools and people to take that extruded profile and then manipulate it into an actual hose shape. And we cure that hose shape."
While he called the approach proprietary, he also said it was "definitely a simple process."
Now the company is promoting use of the internet to connect with customers to see if that type of manufacturing approach will work for their projects.
Potential customers only need to fill out information online regarding their product types and special features, hose type, length and diameter, cuff size and wall thickness, and any other important additional information. Company representatives will be in contact with those customers and provide a sample hose for consideration, Rodebaugh said.
Build-A-Hose has been in the development stage for a couple years, but recently was completely redesigned as company officials were never really happy with the old approach. The new portal, at crushproof.com/build-a-hose, recently went live.