The one thing that the Mini Cell is not, is small or inexpensive. The first phase of this Mini factory shown here is new, totally automated and cost over $600,000. In the foreground is our new, first ever robotic gear grinding, Koepfer hobbing machine. Just behind it is the Mazak twin spindle, twin turret lathe. Combined, the Mini cell insures that we get high quality blanks FAST.
The “Mini Team” (left to right): Tom Cartner, Jerry Tarolli, Mark Bechteler, Dan Bartelli, Dan Diflorio, Jeff Crandall (not pictured) is now developing Phase II of the Mini Cell.
Early this fall the Mini team will automate our existing TAG400 Gear Grinding Machine. Probably the first job shop in the country to install robotic loading on a stock factory machine to improve productivity and repeatability. When finished, we’ll have a complete “Mini” factory with raw material in, and finished product, packaged and ready to go. Our production team will even do their own weekly production plan directly with the customer! Just on time production!
Since that time, ISO has revised its system to what is generically being called ISO 9000:2000. Importantly to our customers the new standard raises the bar again for Quality Systems.
Principally, the new program puts more emphasis on quality as a company wide “process.” Another factor we considered was that it adds a great deal more focus on Customer Satisfaction.
Mark Bechteler led an effort that worked primarily inside with various teams on what was essentially a complete rewrite of our old ISO manual. They targeted November ’02 for completion and made it!
Congratulations to Mark and all the folks who helped!