Our competition is coming out with what they like to call "A Steel Rib." Don't be fooled. It is steel, but a casting process is used to complete it. Using the cast method to produce a steel rib leaves a lot to be desired in terms of accuracy and strength. If they are CNC Machined at all, it would be around the perimeter of the rib only.
The Vandergriff Rib is made from 1018 steel shafting and placed in proprietary tooling owned by CNC Performance Engineering. When the forging hammer comes down hard with the steel in our tooling, out comes a beautiful forged raw part. Because of this tooling, the forging comes out in the shape and contour of our rib. After this, we place them in our CNC Machines and run them through 4 operations. Then, you end up with a Vandergriff Rib, made from a steel forging. This process is much stronger and incorporates much more precision in critical areas of the rib to get it to the final part. Our ribs are accurate, straight and strong. Much more so than steel cast ribs. Those COMET ribs being sold to Continental customers are a fricking disaster. We know. We get the calls. Tagging, fires, breakage. People are desperate to get them out and ours in. Don't fall for those.
So when you hear companies tell you they have a steel rib, the casting process has been used to get the final product. It does not come anywhere near the strength of our rib or the accuracy. Gin Ribs are what we do. We started the process using forgings to CNC Machine back in 1994. There has been little competition come our way in terms of quality. We are the only manufacturer that uses machines a steel forging.
If you are having issues with existing ribs, give us a call. We can help you.
Loyd personally writes the blogs and provides updates on what is going on with Vandy Inc and the industry in general.