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Fox Valley Metal-Tech Inc.

> Machining centers
> Robotic and manual welding cells
> Inspection equipment
In addition to expanding its facility,
FVMT has also in recent years invested extensively in new equipment and
systems including a large automation
system in its laser cutting area, an
automatic storage and retrieval system used to load and unload sheet
metal, a boring bar machine, several
new press brakes with 3-D visualization software. This software will
allow operators to clearly see how a
part should be placed into a press
brake and will enable them to see
each part of the brake process on a
monitor, giving them tighter control
over quality.
These investments reflect the company's overall commitment to quality

and continuous improvement. The
company is ISO 9001 certified and
incorporates a number of lean manufacturing practices into its operations. Lean practices include reorganizing work areas, eliminating waste
and integrating project scheduling
into its corporate ERP system. "Our
facility is set up in a way that will produce 1,200 to 2,000 different parts a
month, which could be 90 different
parts a day," West says. "We are regularly complimented by people who
come through our facility on how we
are able to monitor our jobs."

Safety First
Safety is also an important component of FVMT's operations. The company has an internal incentive program in place that rewards employees
with a free lunch if there are no lost

Midwest

time injuries over a six-month period
and an additional vacation day if there
are no injuries for 12 months.
The company also performs internal safety audits monthly. Shop
supervisors are trained by the
FVMT's safety engineer and safety
coordinator on all aspects of workplace safety and health, and they in
turn hold employee training sessions,
the company says.
As a result of these efforts, FVMT
has had success with its safety program and has had periods of no lost
time accidents lasting longer than
four years. "Fox Valley Metal Tech
recognizes that employee cooperation is necessary to help ensure a safe
working environment, and it is the
employees' responsibility to know
and utilize existing safety policies and
guidelines," the company adds. mt

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