Superior Tube Company, a global leader in the manufacture of small diameter precision tubing for safety critical applications, has significantly reduced its lead times – from 30 weeks to just 6 weeks in some cases – by implementing a 'pull system' as part of a reconfiguration of its Draw Mill processes.
Focused primarily on two specific nickel-chromium alloys, 718 and 625, the improved production flow is setting new industry standards, enabling Superior Tube not only to achieve record lead times but also to offer correspondingly competitive prices. Based on lean principles and a minimizing of the amount of handling required, the initiative is being supported by the establishment of a dedicated Kaizen promotion office with a full-time responsibility for the reduction of waste.
Mr Ben Huber, Superior Tube's Director of Operations, commented:
"Meeting, and indeed exceeding, customer expectations in terms of quality, delivery and price is a paramount commitment for us. The transformation of productivity in our Draw Mill being brought about by this latest initiative is a clear example of just how strong that commitment is".
About Superior Tube www.superiortube.com
From a modest beginning in 1934, Superior rapidly grew to a commanding position in its field. Superior supplied fine, small metal tubing to companies, universities, research institutions, and entrepreneurs whose work and products would change the world. Early technological advancements in radio and broadcasting, aeronautics, atomic energy, and medicine led to a broad array of applications for Superior's tubing. With every technological advance, Superior adjusted itself to the new needs created, leading to significant expansion of manufacturing facilities and numerous patents. Superior's customers (and by direct extension, its tubing) were in many cases directly associated with historical "firsts": The Manhattan Project, where mankind first learned to harness the energy of the atom. The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered vessel. The Bell X-1, in which Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier. And the Apollo Project, which put the first man on the moon.
Superior's manufacturing staff, metallurgist, and engineers continue to collaborate with customers to consult, develop, and improve on specification for existing and new products, and to reach new and exciting frontiers.
Superior Tube Co.
3900 Germantown Pike
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