make it on a $50,000 machine adds value to the process. Also, the operator needs less expertise than on
a large machining center.
Lean in Leominster
AIS consolidated its main manufacturing operation
in Leominster from several other locations, including the company’s former main location in Hudson,
“We didn’t miss one order when we consolidated,”
Braun said. ” We worked ahead a few days, moving
one machine at a time, over a period of months. The
customer didn’t care about that. They wanted their
The AIS manufacturing operation is a showcase
for lean, and Braun can point out many areas in
which product quality and productivity are measured
Work routines are spelled out on charts. Each
team meets every day. The chair team, for example,
Customers were requesting this tapered edge for desks and
tables. AIS looked for a contour edgebander that could
produce the knife edge economically.
The AIS manufacturing operation is a showcase for lean,
and Braun can point out many areas in which product
quality and productivity are measured and improved.
The operator has to be skilled at operating this process.
On the Vitap they are heating and applying glue in the
standard edgebanding way. Training documents were
created and defined a standard work routine.
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