Recent Innovations in Manufacturing Produce Increased Quality, Faster and More Reliable Delivery, and Increased Customer Convenience

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Weldaloy Copper Forgings of Warren, Michigan, shows the benefits of recent innovations in vertical integration.

Weldaloy Copper Forgings of Warren, Michigan, reports that recent innovations in what is called "vertical integration" can produce remarkable results for any manufacturer who will implement these techniques.

Vertical integration occurs when a company brings most if not all the operations to produce your parts in-house. This allows them to manage your order from start to finish and results in increased quality, faster and more reliable delivery, and increased convenience to the customer.

According to Weldaloy Products Company engineering staff, implementing vertical integration has produced the following results in their experience:

Elimination of potential problems that often occur when using multiple outside suppliers by having the processes controlled and maintained in-house. For instance, in 2007 Weldaloy shipped 25,424 parts and only 27 parts were returned for further inspection. That's a quality record of 99.9 percent.

Since vertical integration requires that all production be managed within a single location, there is no need to ship products to multiple locations during manufacturing. This dramatically reduces lead times for customers. Weldaloy engineering manager Dennis Werthman says, "Shipping products to multiple locations not only extends lead time, but increases cost without adding value. Performing the functions in a single and solely-managed location cuts out non-value added costs."

Werthman also says, "Vertical Integration eliminates unplanned delays by centralizing control over the development process of new products." Weldaloy's delivery record shows the results of vertical integration: They are able to keep promised delivery dates 94.5 percent of the time.

Convenience is an often overlooked benefit of vertical integration. It is less work for the manufacturer and the customer alike. Coordinating multiple suppliers, various manufacturing facilities, shipping and quality inspections at various sites can waste valuable time and resources. With vertical integration, all of this is eliminated, saving valuable time and money.

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