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Watteredge LLC, A Southwire Company

SEA standards. "We don't necessarily go
out in the field on a regular basis to perform welding services offsite," LaRussa
notes. However, the company will perform repairs on its equipment at customers' locations that involve welding
when necessary.
The latest addition to Watteredge's
capabilities is waterjet-cutting equipment that uses water at pressures up
to 87,000 pounds per square inch that
Watteredge says cuts through almost
any material with clean, weldable edges and little to no burrs. Coupled with
Watteredge's advanced CNC, CAM and
Solidworks 3D modeling applications,
no drilling or punching is required. The
materials the waterjet can cut include
aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel, composites, rubber and even

plastic. It cannot cut tempered glass, diamonds and certain ceramics.

Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing techniques are
being incorporated into Watteredge's
manufacturing and fabricating. "Lean
manufacturing strives to find the areas
of waste in terms of time utilization and
efficiency," LaRussa says. "We're trying to get the efficiency of equipment
as high as possible. We've identified
areas where we can reduce the amount
of time to produce our products using
lean initiatives and to better organize
our production flow through different
departments."
For example, Watteredge has reduced the amount of lead time for its
press-welded shunts by 50 percent

Northeast

thanks to its lean initiatives. The general
machine shop that LaRussa says is at the
heart of everything has had its production flow to different machining centers
reorganized and increased in speed by
approximately 30 percent.
"We've applied lean initiatives and
had lean key performance indicator
events in what we call our large cable department, and reorganized and
constructed better material-handling
techniques and equipment, and that's
improved production by about 20 percent," LaRussa maintains. "Over
Premier Industrial Hose Manufacturing Ltd.

has been a leading supplier of high quality custom made
industrial rubber hose and tubing for more than 20 years.
Premier is proud to contribute to the great success of Watteredge by designing and manufacturing specialty rubber
hoses for their toughest applications.

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