Watlow® Case Study Featured in New Book
12001 Lackland Rd.
St. Louis, MO, 63146
Press release date: March 19, 2013
St. Louis, MO - Watlow®, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, announced that its vice president of product engineering contributed to a case study that is featured in a new book titled, The Mastery of Innovation: A Field Guide to Lean Product Development by Katherine Radeka.
The case history highlights Watlow’s implementation of lean product development practices. Chris Lanham, Watlow’s vice president of product engineering, described Watlow’s goal of increasing market growth, within a specific time frame, to a rate unprecedented in the company’s 90-year history. Watlow developed a portfolio management process to balance its capacity with opportunity for creation of new value across its target markets, and the result was a significant increase in sales and active development projects.
“We are honored to be a contributor to a book describing the successes of lean product development,” said Lanham. “We are in our eighth year of our lean transformation and are proud to share our results. We have witnessed first-hand how lean ideas work and we encourage other companies to employ lean practices.”
The Mastery of Innovation: A Field Guide to Lean Product Development describes the experiences of 19 companies that have achieved significant results from lean product development. All of the companies featured in the book needed to accelerate time-to-market, get more new products to customers and improve ROI from investments in RD. By adapting lean ideas to their specific product development challenges, they learned how to focus innovation on the problems that would maximize customer and business value and deliver on their best ideas.
Watlow designs and manufactures industrial heaters, temperature sensors, controllers and supporting software as well as assemblies – all of the components of a thermal system. The company partners with its customers to optimize thermal performance, decrease design time and improve efficiency of their products and applications.
Watlow brings its experience to numerous industries, including semiconductor processing, environmental chambers, energy processes, diesel emissions, medical and foodservice equipment.
Since 1922, Watlow has grown in product capability, market experience and global reach. The company holds more than 200 patents and employs 2,000 employees working in nine manufacturing facilities and three technology centers in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Watlow also has sales offices in 15 countries around the world. The company continues to grow, while the commitment remains the same - to provide its customers with superior products and services for their individual needs.
For additional information call your nearest Watlow representative:
Phone: 1+ (800) WATLOW2, 1+ (314) 878-4600
Fax: 1+ (877) 893-1005, 1+ (314) 878-6814
Australia, +61 3 9335 6449 • China, +86 21 3532 8532 • France, +33 1 41 32 79 70
Germany, +49 (0) 7253-9400-0 • India, +91 40 6661 2700 • Italy, +39 (0) 2 458-8841
Japan, +81-3-3518-6630 • Korea, +82 2 2628 5770 • Malaysia, +60 3 8076 8745
Mexico, +52 (442) 217-6235 • Singapore, +65 6773 9488 • Spain, +34 91 675 1292
Taiwan, +886 7 288 5168 United Kingdom, +44 (0) 115 964 0777
For more information, contact:
NA: Jeff Melly, 314-628-4117, email@example.com
EUR: Nathalie Klak, +49-7253-9400-234,
ASIA: Hazel Tan, +65-6773-9461,