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Client: OEM -Agricultre Industry

Topic: Addition of mid volume parts manufacturing by lowering the number of operations from 8 to 5.

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Situation
Our client:

Needed to reduce the amount of time it took to produce, inspect, and deliver individual component parts; reduce the number of steps it took to produce the part; reduce number of defects; reduce the cost of the part.

Selected GEM because of our ability to work with them to find solutions to their technology, process, quality, costs, and inventory needs

Challenges
The challenges facing GEM included:

  • Complexity of holding parts in the manufacturing process (needed to work on multiple sides of a part in an efficient manner.)
  • Maintaining quality standards with new processes that client had come to expect from us. Level 2 PPAP requirement.
  • Uneven demand requirements month to month

Actions
The actions we took to address these challenges included:

  • Added non-traditional processes by incorporating the parts on a multi axis lathe to lower the number of operations.
  • Expanding quality processes we currently had in place to incorporate the deburring needed and continue to meet client quality standards

Results
Our actions resulted in:

  • Lowered the piece price by 50%,
  • Added in Kanban inventory system to smooth out the spikes in our customer’s demand.
  • Improved part quality over previous supplier

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