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Midwest

General Broach Co.

general broach uses lean
practices to create more
efficiency in its operation
and supply chain.

for achieving a rejection rate of less
than 1 percent for the year. However,
General Broach is looking to take its
quality control procedures to the next
level using PSQ9000 software from
Integrated Solution Providers.
Once implemented, the software
will increase General Broach's visibility into its manufacturing and
quality assurance process, a requirement of changing aerospace industry
AS9100 certification. The software
will create one company-wide database that anyone at General Broach
or its suppliers can access and will
send out notifications whenever a
change is made. "Salesmen regardless of where they are in the country
will be able to communicate with
customers and log that into the system," says Matt Slovacek, corporate
director of quality assurance.
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That accessibility and visible database will allow General Broach to
eliminate the need to chase after loose
ends. Ultimately, a more efficient system will reduce costs relating to quality management and result in a better
experience for customers. "World
class companies develop systems like
this," Slovacek says. "That's what
General Broach is working toward."
General Broach is also finding ways
to create more efficiency in its supply chain. The company follows lean
practices and avoids creating inventory wherever possible. By working
with suppliers, it has set up a vending
machine system for frequently used
products like milling inserts, drills
and mills. Instead of ordering supplies
that sit around, the vendor installed a
vending machine at General Broach's
facilities and filled it with frequently

used tooling. When one wears out and
another is needed, the employee simply walks over to the machine, orders
the replacement and receives it immediately. "We found it an advantage
for us because before we might have
$30,000 of that item on shelves," Stover explains.
The company maintains its high
standards in manufacturing products while treating its employees and
customers ethically. "We do business
with integrity," Stover says. "We don't
try to cheat the system."
As a technically savvy company,
General Broach believes in packing
the most value into its products so
they last and reduce the customer's
cost of production. "We feel we're
successful when they have success
doing that," Stover says. "It's all about
taking care of your customer." mt


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