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Midwest

Hatch Stamping Company

placed a lot of investment into robotic
weld cells, higher tonnage presses and
e-coat lines. It has also strengthened
its manufacturing by expanding in the
wire and tube arenas.
The company's product line typically changes every three to five years.
By investing in flexible manufacturing
cells and equipment, Hatch Stamping is able to reallocate assets to new
products and processes and react efficiently to changes.

Measuring Quality
hatch stamping takes pride in
being a leading manufacturer
for automotive oems.

ufacturing systems that are standardized and consistent," Craig adds.
Using a web-based ERP system also
allows it to centralize and monitor
key performance metrics.

Growth and Investments
As the automotive industry becomes
more global, customers expect suppliers to better serve plants and operations regionally, Craig says. In addition
to its headquarters in Chelsea, Mich.,
Hatch Stamping also has presences in
Tennessee, Mexico and China.
"Our Tier 1 and OEM customers are
operating around the world," Craig
says. "Therefore, we've expanded
our footprint to match this trend. By
serving plants and operations regionally, we can reduce inventory levels,
in-transit inventory and long lead
times for our customers."
Customers also expect vendors
to invest in technology and provide
state-of-the-art operational systems
to support their own advancements,
he adds. In response, Hatch Stamping
has made several major investments
during the past two years. These include increasing the overall square
footage of its facilities, investing in
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skilled workers, expanding engineering services and making a variety of
capital improvements.
"In a quest for quality, we are seeing
a trend toward the need to have collaborative, cross-functional teams,
information and data," Craig says.
"This is at the center of what we do.
Hatch Stamping continues to focus
on state-of-the-art operational systems enabling us to manage data, information and drive decisions across
the entire organization."
In recent years, the company has
expanded its capabilities via in-house
coating, robotic laser welding, higher tonnage presses and robotically
transferred press lines. It plans to
continue making investments led by
customer demand, technology shifts
and globalization.
With more than 1,200 employees
and 13 manufacturing facilities and
technology centers, the company has
expanded its square footage to more
than 1 million square feet. It increased
productivity by expanding its press
capabilities up to 1,600 tons and bed
sizes to 210 inches, enabling for the
production of larger parts.
In addition, Hatch Stamping has

Hatch Stamping considers its partsper-million (PPM) level to be world
class, consistently meeting or exceeding industry requirements. Its
production process is overseen from
advanced quality planning during the
pre-production stage to plant support throughout product life. The
company utilizes cutting-edge technology, such as a web-based computerized operating system and fully
integrated quality systems. Its management system is process-oriented
and systematically controls the company's entire workflow.
Throughout the development
process, the application of modern quality tools - such as advanced
product quality planning and failure
mode and effects analysis - drives
Hatch Stamping's goal of zero-defect
production and leverages quality
processes and production technologies. In addition, the company uses
CAD-based programmable coordinate-measuring machines to maintain specific dimensions.

Modest Beginnings
Founded in 1952, Hatch Stamping
started with stamping model train
parts. When brothers Raymond, Walter and Joseph Hatch purchased and
rebuilt a ten-ton Ames press in an Ann


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