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Ambrit Engineering Corp.

turing floor will allow the company
to meet its efficiency goals. The machines, provided by ARBURG, were
selected by Ambrit because of their
design. The ARBURG machines feature a quick-change barrel system that
allows molding barrels and screws to
be changed out in 15 minutes.
"We made significant improvements through SMED in terms of
reducing changeovers, but we were
still doing screw and barrel changes
in five hours with our current equipment," Middleton says. "The best
way for Ambrit to continue to reduce
our changeover times and increase
our efficiency was to address the barrel issue, and the ARBURG machines
allowed us to do that." The company
also is developing a proprietary modular tooling system that will enable its
tool setups to be more efficient.

"we're applying lean and
six sigma in a meaningful
way, which can be challenging because of the
different products we
manufacture daily."
Future lean manufacturing efforts
include moving toward a just-in-time
inventory system with its suppliers.
Ambrit is already working with vendors to improve its kanban system,
which includes renegotiating the
maximum amount of materials placed
in its replenishment bins. The company next year plans to implement an
electronic data interchange platform
to better manage its supply chain,
Middleton says.
Ambrit is being assisted in its lean
transformation by CMTC Lean Consulting, which is helping Ambrit secure government grants. The opera82

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ambrit is applying lean
methods across its operation
by training employees and
installing n ew equipment.

tion is using the grant funding to train
its employees up to the Six Sigma yellow belt status.

Quality Assured
Ambrit's lean transformation will enable it to improve on the already high
quality of its engineering and manufacturing efforts. The company is ISO
9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 (medical device) certified. Ambrit is also
UL certified and recognized by the
state of California as a medical device

manufacturer. "All of our customers
expect zero defects as well as on-time
delivery," Middleton says.
The company's quality assurance
processes include optical inspection,
stress testing and color control procedures. In addition, each part undergoes a quality planning process
that includes PFMEA's, control plans,
formal process validations such as IQ,
OQ, PQ or PPAP, gauge R&R's, and a
unique quality inspection plan synced
with the customer's quality team.


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