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Winsted Precision Ball Co.

that include General Electric, RollsRoyce, Honeywell International Inc.
and Pratt & Whitney, Alicandro says.
"A lot of our balls go into jet engines,"
he says.
For example, the balls are used in
the main shafts of engines, as well as
aircraft parts, pumps and motors in
aerospace applications. These include
airplanes, helicopters and satellites.
"We're also all over the industrial market," he says, noting that the
company sets itself apart with balls
made from ceramic material for this
market. "It's for our machine tool and
spindle products."
While the use of ceramics also is
increasing in the aerospace industry,
Winsted also makes balls out of glass.
"Those are used in the medical business and in the cosmetics industry,"
Alicandro says, noting that these are
used for cancer detection devices and
perfume applications.

Due Diligence

Winsted Precision Ball Co. manufactures
balls from chrome alloy and stainless steels,
ceramics and glass. "We will also manufacture custom balls to [the client's] specifications," it says. "The company is a qualified
U.S. source of M-50 balls for jet aircraft
engine bearings."
The company only uses the finest grade
materials in its manufacturing process
and has implemented quality controls in
every production stage. "Finally, we subject
finished balls to an unparalleled inspection
process that ensures only balls of the highest integrity will be shipped," it says.
"Our diligence has paid off," Winsted
says. "Because of this manufacturing
philosophy, we have earned a well-deserved
reputation for quality in the industry.
"Since making precision balls is our
only business, we have been able to focus
our resources on acquiring only the most
advanced manufacturing tools, technology,
measurement instrumentation and test
equipment," it says. "A dedicated and skilled
staff ensures consistent quality and excellence in all phases of our operation."

Northeast

The Lean Plan
Winsted benefits from the use of lean
manufacturing methods, Rovinski says.
"We have a five-year lean excellence
plan where we are trying to change the
plant to be more lean, decrease inventory and improve profitability and customer satisfaction," he says.
The company has accomplished this
by creating a value-stream design "that
will help us improve to the next level,"
Rovinski says, noting that Winsted is
halfway through the process.
So far, Winsted has applied lean to
its ceramics production. "The following years will be steel," he says. "It's all
driven by key performance indicators
like value added per hour, quality cost
improvements and lead time reduction so we're not late to the customer."
The company is pleased with the
results so far. "We have decreased our
quality costs throughout the last few
years we've been following lean plans,"
Rovinski reports. "Our on-time delivery also is up 10 percent."
These efforts also have helped maintain Winsted's competitiveness and
meet its customers' requirements,
where other companies have failed.
"We showed we can hit the quality levels where they could not," he says.

Not Sitting Around
Another area of focus for Winsted is
inventory. "It's never good to have inventory sitting around the shop," Alicandro says. "Our approach is to get all
of our product into finished goods."
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