Aztalan Engineering welcomed Senator Johnson to Lake Mills on May 27, 2014 where the main focus was how manufacturers look to attract young professionals that are excited about moving the company forward without turning to big government to forge the way. Senator Johnson took a few minutes to discuss the national debt and solvency of social security, while stressing the need to scale back on relying so heavily on the federal government. However, the visit was centered on the innovative ways manufacturers can meet their needs of acquiring skilled laborers by the way of community and local education involvement. Aztalan Engineering is embracing these ideals with programs they have put into place themselves.
On February 12th, Dirk Maroske, President of Aztalan Engineering, met with the entire team to discuss the future growth and success of the company, and how each individual plays an important role in that future. Laying out the road map to 2015, Dirk showed how prototyping, innovation, people, growth, and service were the key strategies to achieving the goals set for the next year.
“Driven by our customers, we need to further increase our efforts and invest in innovation to become more competitive as a manufacturer of precision parts,” Dirk explained. This refined focus, among others, stemmed from previous focus group sessions the Aztalan management team engaged in earlier in the year.
Quick Response Manufacturing, or QRM, is a company-wide strategy to reduce lead times, particularly for low-volume and custom-engineered products. It is the latest development in lean manufacturing where companies have progressed from the just-in-time (JIT) methodologies of the 1970’s. Aztalan has adopted this practice by taking steps to stay ahead of the competition to ensure continued quality customer service along with the best product output around.
Implementing QRM requires the entire organization understand its role in this vital process. In addition, both management and employees should fully understand and support the manufacturing systems in place, especially those that affect lead times. QRM reduces both external and internal lead times: the internal aspect focuses on reducing lead times for all tasks within the organization, such as the time to approve an engineering change; reducing external lead times means rapidly designing and manufacturing products for specific customer needs. Reducing these lead times results not only in quick response, but also in lower cost and improved quality. It has been shown that companies that use QRM have reduced their lead times by 80 to 90 percent.
Aztalan Engineering is making strides in 2014, and one important stride is the continuation of the Aztalan team focus group training sessions with Nalani Services. A focus group is a form of qualitative research with a group of people to connect, collaborate, and explore new ideas to an old problem. Common focus group topics may include uncovering opportunities relating to strategic planning, marketing, market diversification, or cultural initiatives to improve upon an existing solution.
If you reflect on your own life and recall what it meant to receive a toy at Christmas, you cannot help but realize the positive impact that a new toy had on your life. Concurrently, you can imagine how devastating it would have been to receive nothing while all your friends received a new toy. The main objectives of Toys for Tots are:
To help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas
To play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children
To unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign
(Lake Mills, WI) Aztalan Engineering has installed a new Tsugami SS32, a 32mm capacity Swiss lathe.
“We are continuing to acquire equipment for our Swiss turning cell to give us the capability to serve our customers from micro-machining up to 32mm parts that need the sophistication, speed, and precision of Swiss turning technology,” explained Kirk Kussman, Aztalan Engineering’s Sales & Marketing Director.
Aztalan Engineering announced the installation of a new Okuma Twin Star LT 2000 EX — Okuma’s latest opposed Twin Spindle turning center in the 6-inch chuck class. The new equipment features two 16-station turrets with multifunction bolt-on tool holders for superior rigidity and live tooling on the Y axis. In addition, Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly is a structurally designed, thermal deformation compensation system that provides astonishing machining accuracy.
(Lake Mills, WI) Aztalan Engineering, a leading manufacturer of precision machined parts and assemblies, announced that they have received their International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Registration.
ITAR is a program directed by the US Department of State to regulate the export and import of U.S. military and defense-related equipment and information. Companies receiving this certification must have the knowledge and understanding to fully comply with ITAR regulations and demonstrate that they have implemented corporate procedures and controls to ensure compliance. The ITAR Registration means that Intec is able to fully support military and defense-related projects in the United States.