The famous L.L.Bean hunting boot, long a staple in New England closets and more recently the darling of international fashionistas, has taken a giant step forward with the help of SMRT’s engineers. A new 106,000 s.f. production facility recently opened, projected to annually manufacture a million pairs of boots by next year. A decade ago, L.L.Bean enthusiasts ordered 100,000 pairs of boots.
To meet the increasing global demand, while providing the company the flexibility to produce Bean boots in new colors and styles, SMRT engineers devised a closed loop water pre-heating system as part of their tool hook-up work. By running pre-heated water through the toolset and bringing the new molding machine to temperature more quickly, L.L.Bean will be able to eliminate waste and increase productivity.
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