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Loc Performance Products Inc.
workers. Immediately, he realized Loc
needed to become lean to compete with
other suppliers. "I started looking at
how we do things and how we're going
to do things more effectively," he says.
Loc had been used to competing under the International Traffic in Arms
Regulations (ITAR), which limit defense contractors to domestic companies. Growing in the commercial space
meant Loc needed to become more
streamlined to compete against a global supplier base.
Those efforts have resulted in Loc
using robots to help load production
machines and the implementation of
a new ERP system called Plex. Every
piece of production equipment is tied
into Plex, allowing the company to view
where a component is at in the manufacturing process at any given time.
Developing more efficient production methods is only part of the lean
process. Companies must also be able
to measure their success and find ways
to continually improve. To that end,
Loc adopted a suite of metrics for efficiency and throughput that mimicked
auto industry standards. Using those
metrics, Loc improved its on-time delivery from 34 percent in 2008 to 99.6
All of Loc's manufacturing is completed at its 265,000-square-foot facility in
Plymouth. Loc is a vertically integrated
company, enabling it to perform nearly
all of its manufacturing in-house without the need to outsource work. "We
try to in-source as much as we can to
have control over our product line," Atkinson says.
There are 150 machine tools in Loc's
plant, including CNC mills, lathes,
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