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TURBOCAM International

view of our customers' designs. We
think this is very important," he adds,
noting the company reviews several
aspects of the part design including the
materials used.
"We don't just make a part the way
they told us to; we will review the design to make sure it's what our customers really want."
TURBOCAM typically prototypes
hundreds of new product designs annually. "We've got people coming to
us to make things we've never seen
before, but with CNC equipment we
can turn and mill just about anything,"
Bressoud says. "We adjust to new markets and new designs constantly."
The company also runs production
lines for its most in-demand parts. This
includes daily producing thousands
of turbocharger impellers and nozzle
rings for the automotive market. Using
the knowledge gained from high production of automotive parts, TURBOCAM is now supplying high production
parts for commercial aviation.
TURBOCAM performs turning,
milling, balancing and inspection process in-house. The company uses proprietary software in its metal-cutting
processes. This software allows the
company's processes to be so precise
that parts typically do not need to be
polished or deburred after machining,
the company notes.
Although TURBOCAM offers extensive manufacturing capabilities
in-house, it looks to vendors to provide finishing services. Vendors also
provide the raw materials used in
TURBOCAM's products. "We have
excellent suppliers," Bressoud says.
"One of those suppliers is Hitchiner
Manufacturing of Milford, N.H. They
understand what it means to partner
together for mutual success."
The company uses statistical process control (SPC), Six Sigma and lean
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Recent Achievements

TURBOCAM's community service projects
and overall service to customers are regularly
honored by its peers. The company's recent
awards include:
* A Statement of Support for the Guard and
Reserve awarded by the Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in 2016 for
the company's dedication to the military;
* A "Supplier of the Year" award from Cummins Inc. in 2014; and
* A "Supplier of the Year" award from Pratt
& Whitney and a "Supplier Excellence"
award from FS Elliott, both awarded in 2012.
In addition, TURBOCAM founder Marian
Noronha and Duncan Watkinson, managing
director of the company's division in India,
were honored with the "Karmaveer Puraskaar" award for social service. The award is
India's national award for social justice and
citizen action. It recognizes individuals in India
and abroad who have been pivotal for leading
change, the company says.

manufacturing methods throughout
its manufacturing processes. "SPC and
Six Sigma are perhaps the best tools
in our toolbox when it comes to maintaining and improving our quality,"
Bressoud says. "Lean manufacturing
is standard practice here - it's a very
simple set of tools but very effective.
We've greatly improved our processes
by using lean methods."
Lean and Six Sigma methodologies
are also stressed in the company's
training program. It includes a 12week "Machinist Boot Camp" that
gives machine operators the skills
they need to operate equipment. Following this session, new machine operators are paired with experienced
employees who serve as mentors for
a two-year period, the company says.
"This and other training occurs at
the TURBOCAM Education (TEd)
Center, a dedicated facility where we
continuously improve the skill base of
our employees."


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