Supplier Excellence Alliance Member, Torotel Products, Announces Breakthrough Performance Improvements

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Torotel Products is an aerospace supplier using the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System.

Torotel Products, Inc. CEO Herb Sizemore reports dramatic performance improvements resulting from implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System, the aerospace and defense industry-approved continuous improvement system.

Founded in 1956, Torotel Products is based in Olathe, Kansas. As the major designer and manufacturer of magnetic components and assemblies for the aerospace and defense industry, Torotel creates high-reliability transformers, conductors, custom magnetics, and assembles.

"The SEA Lean Enterprise System has been the perfect vehicle to advance our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement. It's been less than a year now since we launched the Lean Enterprise System and our progress in making key improvements to our business has been nothing short of remarkable," observes Sizemore. "Our lead times have gone from 65 days in most cases down to 16 days. On-time delivery has improved from 90% to 97% - and we're not done yet."

SEA is the non-profit alliance of aerospace and defense prime and tier-one contractors and leading sub-tier suppliers organized to transform the global supply chain. Prime-empowered and supplier-led, SEA helps improve the performance of small and mid-sized production suppliers.

Improved supplier performance is accomplished through the SEA Lean Enterprise System, the continuous improvement system designed by the industry to improve business performance in all areas of a supplier company, from the production floor to the front office. The SEA Lean Enterprise System features three tracks: Leadership & Culture, to establish a new organizational culture and the infrastructure to support performance improvement; Workforce Development, to ensure standard work and sustainable improvements; Operational Excellence, to focus on making breakthrough operational improvements.

"Our improvement efforts to date have focused on the manufacturing floor, sales, and engineering," notes Sizemore. It's been especially encouraging to see how our employees have become involved. They're not only open to new ideas, but they're aggressively looking for ways to do things better."

SEA member companies represented on its board of directors include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, United Technologies, Inc, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Hitco Carbon Composites, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, Photo Etch Company, Bodycote Thermal Processing, and DRS Technologies.

SEA sponsors include Mori Seiki and Avchem.

SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), California Council for Excellence, California Employment Training Panel, California Space Authority, UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, CONNSTEP, Inc., Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T), ASG Renaissance, and Net-Inspect.

To learn more about Torotel Products, visit its website at http://www.torotelprod.com. To learn more about SEA, visit the SEA website at http://www.seaonline.org.

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