With an average of 13 percent annual growth over the past eight years, Midwest Precision, LLC has made improvements and investments that have doubled our production capacity over the last four years. The capacity growth is from a combination of capital equipment investment, infrastructure improvement, workforce expansion and continuous process improvements.
INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AND WORKFORCE ADDITIONS
The infrastructure improvements include Wenzel Programmable CMM with Scanning Technology, Keyence Optical Inspection Device and Tessa Digital Height Stand that helped increase inspection capabilities. In addition, a Fryer CNC Mill has improved efficiency in producing work holding fixtures. Although infrastructure changes helped to increase floor space by 10 percent, a building expansion planned for 2019 should increase the shop floor by an additional 20 percent.
Along with infrastructure, Midwest initiated hiring increases in 2016, 2017 and 2018 that totaled an additional 44 direct labor employees, a mechanical engineer and a 2nd shift CMM programmer / operator.
PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS
Midwest Precision has been working to improve production efficiency with continuous improvements to our existing processes. We have been working on automation processes for our lathes by using robotic loaders, bar feeds and accumulators. Our mills have been improved with pallet pools, robotic loaders and high density fixtures. These improvements have translated to reduced cycle times with state-of-the-art cooling and coolant technology. We have reduced setup times through improved organization, tool pre-setters and quick change work holding fixtures.
In addition, Midwest Precision has committed to continuous process improvements with the planned shop building expansion and acquisition of additional capital equipment in 2019. The 2nd and 3rd quarter equipment additions include Mori Seiki Vertical Mill with Robotic Loader, Q-Point Lathe Loading Robot, Mori Seiki Precision Mill/Turn Lathe with Loading Robot and In-Process Gaging and Surface Grinder with Programmable Down Feed.
ABOUT MIDWEST PRECISION
Founded in 1953, Midwest Precision (formerly Midwest Screw Products), specializes in close tolerance CNC machining of all types of Stainless Steels, Nickel Alloys, Titanium, Aluminum, Steel and Brass in complex configurations.
We operate from a large climate controlled facility located in Eastlake, OH near Cleveland. This location is unique with its extensive local supply base of certified process providers including NADCAP qualified sources. This enables us to efficiently provide our customers with turnkey service from raw material to completely finished parts with full traceability.