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Design Ready Controls

dropped the best software into the manufacturing space. We're able to design and
mass-produce highly variable and customizable control panels that meet our customer's needs. And this is revolutionary in
how we do manufacturing in the future."
Without the software, DRC wouldn't
be able to leverage the kind of automation and information technology it is
utilizing on a daily basis. Every workstation has a computer terminal and all
necessary information is at the staff's
fingertips. The DRC internal infrastructure creates a link from the craftsperson
on the manufacturing floor to the engineer in the office, making all communication seamless and efficient.
"We're taking some of those proven processes, like lean manufacturing
and 5S, and we're adding that new tech-

nology on top to give us an advantage,"
Schmidtke says. "We've seen efficiencies and scalability skyrocket."

Strong Culture
DRC is proud of its automation processes, but Schmidtke says there's no substitute for the strong culture and work
ethic of the company's people. "Just
because we're focused on automation
doesn't mean we're looking past the basics," he says. "We have great people and
a great culture for great manufacturing."
Schmidtke and DeJong both believe
that inviting in the next generation of
engineers accounts for much of the company's success. "We bring people in to be
creative and provide the environment to
do that," DeJong says. "It gets more challenging as the company grows. We just

Midwest

have people looking for better ways to do
their jobs and people who aren't afraid to
ask questions."
"I would take that one step further because I think we've really learned how to
blend the creative element with the pragmatic," Schmidtke says. "But we stay rooted in making things because I'm very passionate about manufacturing. I'm most
proud that we've built a company that's
competitive and will continue to be so far
into the future." mt
Marathon Special Products specializes in the
development and manufacturing of control components
such as power distribution blocks, terminal blocks and fuse
holders. Our focus on these basic components allows us to
respond to control designer's needs for unique ratings and
product configurations. Marathon continues to develop
new products in this focused segment in order to meet the
evolving demands of panel designers. Based out of Bowling
Green, Ohio, our team maintains the industry's top quality,
lead-time and customer service.

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