We are participating in the South Central Tour of Manufacturing on October 26th with tours being given from 9:AM to 3:00 PM (Learn More)
We have completed the cement work on our “extra heavy duty” floor. Final slab was poured 12-31-12 ! The floor is designed to hold increased sized and weight equipment as we expand our machining capabilities. Concrete in the floor is 12” + in thickness with two 5/8 mats of re-rod. The next three steps to be completed will be:
- Painting and fire suppression system in January.
- Electrical and permanent lighting in February,
- Be able to move some equipment into the new space in March 2013.
Pictured above is the progress being made on a new addition to the east side of the facility. The 20,000 square foot addition will enable Winegar to structure machining operations in a more “lean” configuration, as well as allow for more cellular operations with today’s larger machining centers. The addition will increase total square footage to over 120,000 square feet and enhance machining capacity and efficiency of future operations.
During the month of August 2012 Winegar, Inc. started a new chapter in its lean journey. Three members of the Winegar Team began their training program for Green Belt Certification. With classroom training completed they are now in the project phase of the certification program. We look forward to seeing the results of these first three projects later this fall and winter.
In our efforts toward Continuous Quality Improvement we have implemented electronic Statistical Process Control (SPC) and In-process Inspection Spreadsheets to the shop floor. These processes were previously calculated and charted manually by our machine operators. By the addition of wireless networked computers with SPC software we now have the capability to collect SPC and Inspection data that is stored directly to our network in real time. We are also initiating the utilization of wireless gaging that captures measurements directly to the SPC software and in process inspection by the push of a button.
April 2012: Winegar is pleased to announce an addition to our measuring equipment inventory – the Keyence vision system. The system allows us to quickly and accurately take a multiple of complex measurements, verifying that our machining processes remain in control, and within customer specified tolerances.
The machine not only speeds up the measurement process, but greatly reduces the chances of errors in the measurement process.
This is another step in our commitment to provide quality machined parts, and minimize chances of non conforming material reaching our customers facilities.