It’s not often that a company is formed to
do one thing and later transforms itself into
something else, but indeed this is the story
of Goodridge. Founded in 1969, the company has evolved from a single-seat race
team in Canada to a globally recognized
manufacturer of fluid transfer systems. The
company’s first product lines were aircraft
braided steel hose and fittings for the U.K.
Formula 1 market.
Success in motorsports is based on a
building a car that can stand up to the
stresses of racing—accelerations, decelerations, hard turns, and severe vibration. Theses nonstop stresses take a tremendous toll on every component on
the car, so every component has to be
made accurately and precisely so the
driver can safely push the limits on the
track. At Goodridge, push the limits has
become not only the company’s mantra
but its secret to success.
Today, Goodridge products such as
hose, fittings, brake lines, clutch lines,
The key to building a strong reputa-
tion is building good parts. Goodridge
uses CNC machining equipment and
state-of-the-art tube manipulation ma-
chinery installed in 2010. An ongoing in-
vestment in lean efficiencies to improve
manufacturing is part of the company’s
DNA. These activities support its con-
tinuous product improvement and new
product development activities.
To meet increasing demand in the
all-terrain vehicle market, the company
began to look for a high-performance
crimping machine with low maintenance
requirements and a fast cycle time.
After a great deal of searching,
Goodridge selected the Finn-Power
CC22, designed for high-speed crimp-
ing. The changeover time makes it suit-
able for both serial and single-piece pro-
duction. It can crimp hose up to 11⁄ 4 in.,
delivering 68 tons of force and achiev-
ing 1,700 crimps per hour. The optimal
force-to-speed ratio helps maximize pro-
ductivity. The company has purchased
more than a dozen of the machines over
According to Manny Lagrosa, engineering manager at the company’s facility in Torrance, Calif., speed is king at
“The primary reason we have purchased the Finn Power CC22 over the
years is its speed,” he said (see Figure 1).
“The machine is very fast. And when you
consider that we produce over 1.4-mil-
lion assemblies [annually] in our Mexico
plant alone ... the speed is very good.
Our operators really like the speed. We
have operators who have used other
brands of crimpers and didn’t like them
because the speed didn’t compare.
Manufacturer’s racetrack roots
lead to pole position in motorsports industry
Manny Lagrosa, engineering manager (left), and Nigel MacAndrew,
sales manager of business development and export, inspect parts
crimped on a Finn-Power CC22.