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ACCOR Technology

"The only way to preserve our business in the U.S. is to
invest in automation machines that would decrease our
variable labor substantially. That not only gave us the capacity to make a lot more valves, but it also decreased our
variable cost per part while preserving our high quality."
Now, ACCOR is adding more robotics to its factory,
which it is expanding by 40 percent. New construction
will begin in 2016 and is projected to be completed in
about a year's time. With a larger space and expanded
workforce, the company will be able to roll out several
new product line extensions of its PUSHON technology in the next year. "Most people think that automation
means reduced employment; however, with ACCOR
the increase in productivity simply means we are able to
compete with foreign imports, which means we will grow
our business and our workforce," O'Neill says.

One-of-a-Kind
Today, one-third of all homes built in the United States
now use ACCOR's FlowTite Supply Stop valve system.

with more automation and
its enhanced productivity,
accor is growing its business
and workforce.

The ACCOR valve is simply pushed onto the pipe stubout and then hand-tightened to the fixture or appliance.
The one-piece system, an industry first, eliminates joint
leaks with its factory-attached connector. ACCOR's patents assure a higher margin of safety than any competitor, especially on PEX pipe, due to its patented dual gripper ring design.
ACCOR says its written 10-year residential warranty,
including labor, is the strongest in the industry. This reduces liability for both builders and plumbers related to
potential leak problems.
"Quality control is paramount for our company,"
O'Neill adds. "Our internal processes and customer
service are aligned with our quality commitment."
Internally, ACCOR's people are all cross-trained. Every 30 minutes, factory workers switch to a different job.
O'Neill believes this reduces boredom, mistakes, carpel
tunnel syndrome and a variety of other issues that could
adversely affect the manufacturing process. "The productivity of our factory and its ability to service customer
needs within a five-day shipping cycle requires a focused
coordination between our sales team forecasting and our
manufacturing team," he says.
"We're all striving for the same thing with our business
planning and implementation of the plan. The key to
manufacturing is forecasting your volume and usage of
resources."
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