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Midwest

Val-Matic Valve and Manufacturing Corp.

ber of lean methods that help it maintain this status, including 5S and process
mapping. Lean methods have been standard procedure at the company for more
than a decade, Ballun says.

Maintaining Stock
The company manufactures valves on
a for-stock, assembled-to-order and
engineered-to-order basis. Assembled-to-order valves differ slightly from
standard products, as they can feature
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"these tools allow
us to design and test
valves on a computer
instead of having to
build and test them in
a lab. this is amazing
technology that accelerates development."
custom painting or rotations. These
products typically require a lead time of
two to four weeks, Ballun notes.
Engineered-to-order products are designed to the requirements of a particular
project, and could take eight to 30 weeks
to complete. Larger projects, such as two
126-inch-diameter butterfly valves the
company designed and manufactured for

the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, can require up to a year of lead time.
Val-Matic uses a production planning
system to schedule its work. The software schedules work based on the availability of labor, material and equipment,
also known as the Theory of Constraints.
Sales representatives can access the program online to determine how long it
will take a part to be produced.
The company determines its stocking
levels based on a complex model that
considers the past three years of sales.
"We track over 1,000 items and create
a forecast for seven months based on
history and input from our sales department," Ballun says. "We carry safety
stock on top of that to ensure we maintain a 95 percent on-time and in-stock
customer service level."


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