Our engineering team is skilled in Lean Manufacturing principles. They apply these principles in their daily jobs to everything from customer quotations, to continuous improvement efforts, to daily 5-S activities and cost reduction projects.
At the initial request for quote, we are already looking for innovative and creative ways of minimizing waste and maximizing throughput. Our engineering team is responsible for the entire manufacturing process — for every part that runs through our facility — so they are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiencies of the entire value stream.
It is very common for our Process Engineers to be intimately involved all the way from the design and development stage, through the pre-production/prototype phase, to part qualification and into full production. For this reason, some customers want us to help manage their projects for them.
Our goal is to simplify the overall process, enabling you to focus on your core strengths. We map out the entire value stream all the way to your assembly line, identifying improvement opportunities in the overall process. By looking at the entire process, both companies can understand what the other is doing, potential duplication can be eliminated and we’re able to identify operations that might be more cost-effectively performed at Mid-States Aluminum or at your facility.
Often, our extrusions are part of a larger assembly containing hundreds of other components. Projects that require several different extrusion profiles — in several different lengths, configurations and finishes, with a variety of production tooling required — can be very difficult to manage. We have adapted our organizational structure to be able to quickly and effectively respond to a wide range of customer demands, consistent with our lean manufacturing principles.
For projects that would be ordered in smaller quantities with hundreds of variations, the purchasing and order entry functions can create a process bottleneck. To simplify this, we work to coordinate our information systems with yours in a way that minimizes excessive manual data entry, while facilitating clear communication and maintaining accuracy and system integrity.