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Winsted Precision Ball Co.

"Spectrum also maintains all of the
accreditations needed to be a top vendor," he continues. He notes that the
accreditations include the AS9100
and Nadcap approval, which Winsted
also has earned.
Spectrum also heat-treats Winsted's balls properly so that they hit the
right mark in the hardness spectrum,
Alicandro adds. "I cannot recall any issues with them at all in my 16 years at
the company," he says. "They provide
quality at a reasonable cost."

Making Changes
Rovinski, who is currently assuming
Alicandro's role at Winsted, is proud of
the company. "The products we make
are of the highest qualities, and we're
working with the final customers to replace old designs," he says.
Together, with its customers, Winsted can develop next generation products. Through this process, "Our people have learned things that will help
us," he says.
For example, Winsted has engineered process improvements inhouse that have solved its customers'

Driving Innovation

Schaeffler Group says it operates with a culture of innovation. "Innovation requires not
only creative people, but also a culture that
makes it possible to awaken the potential
that exists and use it efficiently," it says.
"The company operates a systematic,
forward-looking innovation management
function that gives creative space - and
links this to clearly structured processes,"
Schaeffler says. "A wide variety of instruments and methods of open innovation are
applied to systematically involve external
partners in the innovation process."
This is "the fundamental precondition
for driving forward our innovation projects
in both an effective and efficient way," the
company says. "It is important that the stages in making a decision are transparent to all
participants and that the entire process is
designed in a creative yet systematic way."

Northeast

problems. "The solutions can be applied across the whole company," he
says. "We have found ways to eliminate
quality problems for our customers
that delayed orders."
Going forward, Rovinski plans to
continue updating Winsted's operations. "We are planning to change a lot
of things in the plant to a newer way,"
he says, but notes that this will take a
lot of work.

"since we're part of
schaeffler group, we
have the ability to
not have to go to other companies to get
ball orders if we need
them." - Vince Rovinski
"Because we make aerospace products, we can't change things easily
without approval and [we have to
learn] the current processes, which
is the first part of lean excellence,"
he says. "It helps us [know what to]
change and what not to change."
Working with Alicandro for the past
five years also has helped. "Chuck
has 39 years in bearings at Barden/
Winsted that I'm able to learn from,"
Rovinski says.
For example, "I have learned how
Chuck evaluates the financial data daily and aligns the production floor to
achieve our KPI targets," he says. "Everyone in Winsted knows the targets
and goals." mt
BryCoat Inc. is an innovator and leader in metallurgical coating services, including ultra-hard PVD thin films,
thicker Thermal Spray coatings, dry film lubricants and
the CVD TiC coating applied to bearing balls. We are
proud to partner with Winsted in providing TiC Balls for
demanding applications in instrument bearings used in
space mechanisms, satellites, gyroscopes for guidance
systems, and precision gimbals. When the application
demands the highest reliability level, TiC Balls deliver
superior performance.

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