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Napoleon Machine

the last 18 months." Upgrades have
included a Toyoda LB633 Bridge Mill
with right angle head and travels of
11 foot X 20 foot; An AWEA LP2526
Bridge Mill with right angle head and
travels of five foot X eight foot; a SNK
Boring Mill with full 4th rotary; Tecnomagnete Work Holding Magnets;
Custom Designed Quick Modular
Fixture System; Haimer shrink fit
machine and tooling; Bluco Modular
Weld System including the rail mount
feature for large components as well
as a new tool room presetter.
"All of our mills now have glass
scales, through the spindle coolant,
tool changers, right angle heads, probing, and the modular work holding
systems," Febrey notes. "This combined with the Bluco weld system allows for quality to be built in the process. These features allow us to utilize
all the technologies out there to be
more competitive."
When it comes to purchasing cutting tools and designing his new tool
management system, Febrey is not
afraid to pay more for quality. "I have
worked for various companies that
focused on reducing cost through buying lower cost tools," Febrey explains.
"When really at the end of the day it is
not about what you spend on tooling,
it's about being the lowest true cost to
win business. Speed, repeatability and
reproducibility come through having
high-end work holding systems, tool
holders and cutting tools in place that
always repeat in diameter, concentricity and accuracy in a fixture."
Febrey also saw the need for Napoleon to adopt lean manufacturing
methods. He spearheaded initiatives
throughout the production operations to reduce waste, shorten cycle
times and enhance Napoleon's ability
to adapt to rapid market changes. For
example, he installed a Bluco modu-

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napoleon is using lean manufacturing
to reduce waste, shorten cycle times
and more quickly adapt to market
changes.

lar fixturing station for welding parts.
This gives Napoleon the ability to respond to smaller batch orders of welding parts. "I call it small batch repeat
work," Febrey explains. "By changing
just a few parts, custom fixtures can
be changed for any size or shape in just
a few minutes."

Built-In Quality
Now that Napoleon has the capital
equipment in place as well as the lean
culture to compete at the next level,
Febrey is spending time on the second
part of the equation: sales and marketing, to spread the word that the company aims to be a national player. That
also means taking a look at some other
industries Napoleon could thrive in as
well, such as oil and gas and aerospace.
"When I first arrived six years
ago, we had the right relationships,"
Febrey recalls. "But not the right
equipment." With the upgrades completed, Febrey continues to explore
options such as the casting industry,

where Napoleon could potentially
provide casting and machining for
overflow production.
As Febrey explores new industry options, his message when he meets with
potential customers is clear. "The
quality is built in the process," Febrey
says. "With our quality process and
lean culture and stellar reputation, we
can now meet any job required."
But delivering that message takes
time and effort. To that end, Napoleon
Machine is active on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The idea is to get
customers to actually visit Napoleon's
facility to see the progress made. "It's
harder now to get customers out to
visit," Febrey notes. "And once you do,
you really only have one or two minutes where they form their opinion on
your operations and capabilities."
Fortunately, when customers
do visit, all of the elements are in
place for them to see. "We're on the
tarmac, getting ready to take off,"
Febrey says. mt
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