Depending on the part’s shape and requirements precision parts might be turned on a lathe, machined on a milling machine, formed or stamped on a stamping press, formed or bent on a press-brake, sheared on a precision shear, or machined on a myriad of other types of precision equipment. In many cases a part might pass through many of the operations listed before being finished.
Today, most precision parts are made on equipment known as CNC machines. CNC is an acronym for Computer Numerical Control. Modern CNC machines are amazingly fast, accurate and dependable. Over the years CNC machines have become so commonplace that for the most part they have become a commodity machine. It is not uncommon to find CNC machines in shops all around the world.
Xavier, in Fort Wayne, Indiana specializes in precision machining performance-critical component parts primarily for Aerospace, Defense and Industrial customers. Many of their customers are large international companies. Due to their size and very stringent requirements, precision machined parts for this class of customers is very demanding. Vast amounts of information must be managed. In many cases, overlooking even one piece of information could spell disaster for both the supplier and the customer. It is for this reason that Xavier has developed a proprietary Distributed ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and Information System. (see wikipedia reference: Enterprise Resource Planning)
Xavier’ distributed ERP and Information System consists of a custom designed database and is distributed throughout the shop via Thin-Client terminals at every work station. Shown below is an example of a typical data station.
The primary goals of the system are to:
• Make all job related information available to everyone in the company in real-time
• Make sure no obsolete material is in circulation
• Collect and disseminate all job-related data in real-time
• Provide management with vast amounts of information in easy-to-use formats
• Make sure the right things happen at the right time
Modern Machine Shop magazine sites the following in an article titled: More Than Just Machining “How a shop manages information is something Boeing takes into consideration when evaluating potential suppliers.”
Xavier wholeheartedly agrees that information management is crucial to a company’s success. Their information system has saved them countless hours and has facilitated nearly perfect On-time Delivery and Quality performance.
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