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MAC Equipment / HQ: Kansas City, Mo. / Employees: 350 / Services: Pneumatic conveying and air filtration systems / Ernie Iznaga, vice president of operations: “We are not making widgets; we are making highly engineered solutions to solve customer-specific problems.” Rapid Prototyping mac equipment continuously strives to introduce new products and meet its customers’ requirements. by libby john even in a slow economy, mac is introducing new products because of its use of 3p product development. MAC Equipment strives to continuously improve its product lines and spends significant time, money and effort on product development – a distinctive quality that sets it apart from its competitors, Vice President of Operations Ernie Iznaga says. “Typically, most companies will take a year or more to develop a new product,” he says. “MAC has done an exceptional job fine tuning its ‘3P’ (production-preparation-process) product development process and can perform the rapid prototyping of new products very quickly. “Using lean manufacturing and 3P principles, we can get a small group of experts together, come up with a conceptual design and create a working model in our manufacturing plants in the span of a week,” Iznaga says. “During a week-long 3P event, we can make several real models, test them and make sure the tests met or exceed our performance expectations. The 3P process coupled with our vertically integrated manufacturing approach provides MAC with a tremendous competitive advantage.” Its latest innovation, a low-profile air filtration system called the SpaceSaver, was developed using 3P. With about a dozen in-house experts, the company was able to quickly design a prototype. “In one week, we went from a blank sheet of paper to a working prototype model,” he says. “Since then, we’ve gone through two or three design improvements and enhanced the unit’s performance. We’re doing some beta testing now and the performance results have been terrific.” The company, based in Kansas City, Mo., specializes in custom eng- SPRING 2010

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
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MTC Transformers
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010