Get Lean, Go Global
A successful manufacturing company must achieve world-class capability within its walls. At the same time, a company has to go after global business opportunities. Hanel Corporation (New Berlin, Wisconsin) is a case in point. It has implemented several U-shaped production cells that help the company keep costs down and productivity up. At the same time, company leaders have aggressively courted customers in countries around the world by offering both tangible and intangible values.
Autoloading For Short Runs
Not too long ago, automatic load-unload was strictly for long production runs. Here is a system that makes it cost effective for short-run turning.
CNC Retrofits Answer Scarcity Of Manual Machinists
This Ohio company found that by retrofitting CNC's to three manual lathes, it helped keep their machines productive regardless of the skill level of the operator, not to mention less time lost to manual toolchanges.