When we first opened our doors here in St. Charles, IL, we originally had our office headquarters, parts cutting, machining, welding and assembly teams all in one location. But over time, our business grew and the number of orders increased, so we purchased a nearby facility to house our assembly department and laser and water jet cutting operations.
As part of a continuous improvement effort, we recently made a move to consolidate all of our cutting processes under one roof. We ultimately moved the remainder of our cutting equipment and raw material down the street to our second location and brought assembly back to our main headquarters.
While we quickly realized the efficiencies expected by having the cutting department in one location, we soon uncovered an additional benefit of having engineering and assembly in close proximity. Communication between the two departments was enhanced in the final stages of assembly. Our engineers are now only a few steps away from the equipment being assembled with CAD models more easily accessible. Problem points or design flaws are caught much earlier in the assembly process and can be addressed immediately with fabrication rework on the fly. It has even given our sales team more oversight as they offer a fresh pair of eyes, streamlining our final assembly process all around. Ultimately, there is a considerable time savings in not going back and forth between facilities, which in turn means quicker turnarounds for our customers.
The lesson we learned from this reorganization project was to never stop tinkering with our process. Incorporating continuous improvement efforts into our daily routine guarantees that we always deliver what we promise the first time.
If you would like to have our team work together on a project for you, please contact us.