American Machinist

Company takes its own advice. (Case books).

CLAMP MANUFACTURER DE-STA-CO INDUSTRIES TEACHES ITS customers how the right clamps reduce excessive setup time for stamping operations. The company evaluates a customer's methodology, considering such issues as procedures, materials, equipment standardization, and more. However, the clamp manufacturer was slow to heed its own advice for producing the almost 1,000 different stamped parts that support its product line.

"When we really started to examine our operations, we realized there were some opportunities for standardization--from consolidating part numbers, to evaluating stocked material sizes, to examining where we stored the 1,100 dies, to marrying certain dies to certain processes," says John Staple, production manager at De-Sta-Co. …

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