The demand for bending on thin wall stainless steel grows in industries that require the safe, clean transportation of liquids and gases. Below you’ll find the Axenics thin wall steel tubing size chart to give you an idea of our most-common requested bends. Thin wall...
The phrase “great news” has been scarce this year, but we feel strongly that we’ll be using it more in 2021. One, we’re seeing signs of robust growth within the semiconductor industry that should continue for at least the next calendar year. Two, Axenics is moving...
Many journeyperson welders consider argon the perfect shielding gas for precision welding and fabrication. Axenics utilizes 99.9% pure argon for tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding for customers that require high-purity welds for their liquid and gas transfer systems...
How Does Lean Manufacturing Work?
Maximizing production plus minimizing waste equals higher profits – this is the lean manufacturing equation in a nutshell. Easier said than done, right? Not really. If you strategize an approach across the board for lean assembly manufacturing, it catches on from your production floor and sometimes even spreads to your vendors and customers.
Empowering the entire Axenics team is a differentiator for us as a contract manufacturer. Everyone in production is cross-trained on multiple tasks to ensure we constantly provide top-tier service. We have welding technicians that also do assembly, perform leak testing and mark parts when the need arises. This practice enables us to keep headcount down, which reduces our overhead and maintains quality.
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Cross-training also allows us to take on multiple manufacturing tasks for a project or even the complete project, from design expertise to testing to completed components to shipping. For complex projects that we take on from start to finish, we employ the cellular manufacturing process to keep efficiency high. Self-directed team leaders on the floor are empowered to make decisions and push a project through production quickly. The belief at Axenics is that everyone here is going to do the right thing.
Be open to new technology
We’re constantly looking at new equipment, testing it and seeing what makes sense for the variety of ongoing and new jobs. A Horn Metric TBRE Hybrid CNC Bender has earned its sticker price as its usefulness continues to grow. It is one of the most-consistently used pieces of machinery at Axenics.
We like the versatility of this CNC bender for precision tube bending projects, and it proves to be a time- and cost-saving solution for our assembly manufacturing customers. It eliminates the majority of cutting and welding tasks, which results in reduced production times, increased operational efficiency and lower overall costs for everyone. CNC bending also eliminates the need for joint fixtures and welds, which reduces the risk of leak points at welded joints.
Communication is key
An open workflow enables everyone to collaborate on improvement. Keeping the lines of communication always open ensures that everyone’s ideas for improvement are heard, considered and often implemented. We hold daily morning check-ins. Open communication between all departments is essential to solve potential problems before production begins. That eliminates a lot of downtime.
“Green” the plant
Lean manufacturing includes waste elimination, so we’re always on the lookout for ways to reduce our footprint. Axenics utilizes LED lighting and automatic lighting shut-off in the plant. A digital storage process reduces paper usage. Plus, our new laser engraver eliminates the need for chemical etching, reducing use and disposal of caustic chemicals.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to assembly manufacturing for advancing tech industries, but one commonality we see across multiple industries is a combination of quality and lead time is what customers really want. Axenics’ lean manufacturing practices aid our efficient project completion and top degree of quality.
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Tube bending is the ideal solution for many jobs where accuracy and repeatability are essential. Axenics’ in-house computer numeric controlled (CNC) bending machine has vast capabilities, though we highlight a tube bending radius chart below to illustrate our...
Installing bent tubes into a manufacturing system extends the time between repairs or replacements, compared to welded tube or other tube-joining methods. Axenics saves our clients time and money by utilizing tube bending processes since the process involves fewer...