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Northeast

Winsted Precision Ball Co.

Rovinski agrees. "We have been
evaluating that so we don't have too
much of the right stuff at the wrong
place," he says.
"We call it 'integrated planning,'
[which involves] optimizing the ordering systems so we don't overproduce."
The company also strives to reduce
the time length of its work-in-process
(WIP) inventory. "In the past, it took
100 days of WIP," he says. "We'd like
to do it in 30 days. That requires physical changes in the system and electronic changes that match."
With engineering and Six Sigma
methods, Winsted not only improves
but simplifies its process to reduce
the time needed. "The desired result is
lower WIP and lead times to our customers with higher quality," he says.

Top Training
Winsted provides extensive training
to its manufacturing employees, Alicandro says.
"Our training begins from the day
you step in the building," he says.
"We provide introductory training
on what we do here and make people
aware of the high quality that we need.

Unsurpassed Precision

Based in Danbury, Conn., The Barden Corp. started
operations in 1942 to make precision ball bearings
for the Norden bombsight. "The bearings they
manufactured were of exceptional quality, featuring
tolerances beyond the scope of the technology then
available," it says.
Nearly 50 years later, the company partnered
with FAG, which formed the center of its Aircraft
and Super Precision Division. "Today, Barden/FAG
continues to meet the challenge of manufacturing
to super-precise/super-critical tolerances, and is
recognized as an industry leader in this achievement," it says.
"As an ISO 9001 certified company, excellence
in manufacturing remains our guiding principle,"
the company says. "Today, Barden's reputation as a
world leader in the design and manufacture of deep
groove and angular contact super precision spindle
and instrument bearings is unsurpassed."

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winsted's parent company is
part of the schaeffler group, a
german provider of automotive
and industrial products.

After that, we have a certified operator
program to make everybody certified
for the area that they work in. That's
checked each month for a year." Employees are re-certified annually.

Quality Treatment
Winsted also owes its success to its
suppliers, which include Spectrum
Thermal Processing. The company
is a specialty heat treating and braz-

ing facility based in Cranston, R.I.
"They're a key vendor in our supply
chain," Alicandro declares.
Spectrum excels at treating Winsted's stainless steel and chrome, which
makes the vendor a major part of its
sales strategies. "They're pretty much
always on time," Alicandro declares.
"The heat-treat process works very
well for us, because we deal in the
aerospace industry.


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