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Methods - Aug 2018

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Today's customers demand high-quality, short lead- times and competitively priced manufactured parts. Successful manufacturers will increasingly look towards optimizing their manufacturing equipment for the application at hand in order to ensure the most effective, efficient production processes. Not all machine tools are equal; what works for a high- mix/low volume operation may not be the best fit for a complex, high-volume application. This was what Precision Swiss Products, Inc. (PSP) faced when they decided to take on an attractive but dedicated high volume job with a steep challenge of manufacturing a non-conventional part. PSP is an innovative turnkey manufacturing partner that facilitates the "napkin-drawing to mass-production" product life cycle, specializing in producing extremely complex, tight tolerance components for the medical and aerospace industry, routinely requiring micron accuracy levels. Positioned as a Total Cost Supplier, PSP maintains a partnership with a team of Design for Manufacturability (DFM) experts that can help meet customers' financial strategic goals of lowering costs and/or lead times without compromising quality. "We want to work closely with our customers to reduce Total Product life cycle costs. This includes understanding what drives ongoing maintenances costs, part rejection costs across all vendors, and unnecessary part requirements that contributes to the manufacturing costs," explained Mr. Norbert Kozar, CEO at PSP. PSP's expertise in alternative design solutions and value-added engineering helps reduce manufacturing costs as well as risk and time to market. PSP's 65-employee, 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located in Silicon Valley's Milpitas, CA and runs two full shifts as well as a weekend shift. PSP plans to expand their facility an extra 15,000 square feet in the next year to accommodate increased manufacturing and assembly demands. Currently installed on their shop floor are two wire EDM's, three HMC's, six VMC's, four lathes, six FANUC Robodrills, 14 Swiss precision screw machines, as well as passivation equipment and a new Nakamura AS-200 Multi-Tasking Turning Center. PSP earned their ISO 13485 and AS9100 certifications within four to five months in 2007 – a very rare circumstance. Founded in 1974, PSP was acquired by Kozar in 2007 with sales at two million dollars. PSP had a very diverse existing customer base with a lot of potential to grow sales." All the company needed was a marketing plan, a salesman who could capitalize on the existing customer base, and building new relationships through a new quality driven strategy method," said Kozar. By 2013, sales had mushroomed to six million, rising to seven and a half million in 2014 with sales growing to over ten million for 2015 – or 38% growth. It's plain to see the company is on a clear path of healthy growth. PSP's goals moving forward are to expand capacity and continue tackling higher tolerance work. "Interestingly, we are moving away from low volume/high mix applications to high volume, dedicated solutions," commented Mr. Steve Dillon, COO/CFO at PSP. For example, PSP took on a job manufacturing a component of a heart valve delivery system – where a stent is delivered to expand blood vessels to the heart and implant the heart valve. The part is approximately 1" in diameter and 2" long and we are manufacturing about 1,250 parts per week in the polycarbonate resin Lexan. A Heart-to-heart with their Machine Tool Supplier "We challenged Methods Machine Tools, Inc. to recommend a machine that could handle this part in a turnkey, high-production run," commented Mr. Dillon. Methods stepped up to the challenge at their state-of-the-art Northern California technology center, which was officially opened in May of 2014. "Methods proposed the Nakamura AS-200 High Performance Multitasking Turning Center and a unique custom programmed chip management solution for the job," continued Dillon. CASE STUDY: COMPLEX MEDICAL PART CHALLENGES Methods Machine Tools Provides Dedicated, Turnkey Solution with a Nakamura AS-200 Multi-tasking Center 16

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