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developed its kaizen leadership team to
reinforce continuous improvement and
implement lean principles. "This has
given us the foundation for our new facility, so that when a department moves
they are ready to operate in a lean environment because it won't be unfamiliar
to them," Goldfarb says.
The Fredericksburg facility will take a
fresh approach to Universal Dynamics'
lean manufacturing standards, Goldfarb says. "All the raw materials are received at one end of the plant and are
downsized via laser cutters, then bent,
rolled and transformed," he describes.
"The machines are then assembled in
a production line environment and get
shipped out from the opposite end of the
plant. It flows from raw material to finished product in a straight line."
"it's more than doubling
our current production. we want to have
the ability to supply to
full current demand
as well as supply these
new product ranges."
- Bill Goldfarb
Universal Dynamics' new facility will
be its sole manufacturing plant in North
America. The company also operates
facilities in Canada and Mexico. Those
currently are sales and service locations
to be supported by the U.S. facility.
The new facility will give the company
space it needs to once again expand its
product range. "We do not supply granulation and industrial heating/cooling
equipment, but we do around the world,"
Goldfarb says. "We currently buy this
type of equipment from our parent companies and resell it. In the future, we will
be able to supply the equipment out of
our own factory versus importing from
our parent company in Europe."
Universal Dynamics believes in thinking globally while building the equipment and supporting it locally. A new
production line will be developed in the
Fredericksburg plant and production
will begin in 2018. "We plan to be a $100
million company in the early 2020s,"
Goldfarb says. "It's more than doubling
our current production with these actions. We want to have the ability to supply to full current demand as well as supply these new product ranges and supply
equipment for all of North America." mt
AUGUST 2017 manufacturing-today.com