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Ohmite Manufacturing Co./Davies Molding LLC/ARCOL Resistors

Chipping In
Ohmite, Davies and ARCOL started their partnership
in October 2016. "All three have come together to embrace a new concept that hasn't really been done before,"
Smith says of the successful partnership.
"Everyone is chipping in for the collective good of Heico,"
he says, but notes that some adjustments were required.
"People had to get acquainted with selling new products
and new roles."
For example, team members at Davies had to learn
how to sell resistors, while associates at Ohmite and
ARCOL had to be trained on plastic products and capabilities. "Mechanical and electrical engineers just had
different things that they have focused on in their careers to this point," he says.
However, "It's been pretty well embraced," Smith asserts. "It can only get better once more product familiarity
and comfort levels are achieved."
The partnership also has won a positive response from
customers. "The distribution channel is pretty excited,"

Smith reports. "Only having to deal with one primary point
of contact to launch numerous new product introductions
is very beneficial to them.
"They crave new and interesting products to sell," he
continues. "Now they know that they can invest in inventory that will move for them based on new but proven
relationships. The three companies in turn will benefit
from having greater access into the international markets that were previously unreachable."

Wise Investments
Ohmite, Davies and ARCOL share a strong focus on
manufacturing quality. "All three are ISO 9001 certified," Smith says, noting that the companies have continuous improvement initiatives to make them more
competitive in the marketplace.
These include investments in new equipment. Davies
recently focused on automation to improve its speed
and its ability to manufacture multiple product variations. "In the last year and a half, they have invested in
three brand new CNC machines," he says. "[They also]
purchased some large tonnage rotary vertical injection
presses to specialize in insert molding."
Ohmite also invested in new lines on its thick film and
wire wound resistors to increase throughput and increased capacity in its new testing lab. ARCOL purchased
a brand new saw to cut its aluminum-housed resistor
casings and added a military grade lab. "This year, we're
going to invest in some new compression machines for
ARCOL and Ohmite to replace the ones that are aging,"
he adds. "We'll be more automated with tighter controls
and faster loading."

Getting Leaner
All three companies have adopted lean manufacturing
disciplines to improve their operations. "It's been a
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