Kenmode Leverages Advanced Technology to Deliver Highest Quality Custom Metal Stampings

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Kenmode’s investment in sophisticated technology ensures metal stampings meet stringent quality control requirements.

Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping is in the business of manufacturing custom metal stampings for diverse industries. Many of the industries they serve, particularly the automotive and medical device, are regulated and held to extremely high quality standards.

“Quality is the number one concern for our customers,” states Kurt Moders, President of Kenmode, “which makes quality our number one concern as well.”

Kenmode’s commitment to quality runs deep throughout the organization -- from a company-wide quality system, mistake-proof quality processes, sophisticated quality control technology, and the attainment of ISO 13485:2003, 9001:2008, and ISO/TS 16979:2009 certifications.

When asked how many people in the organization are dedicated to quality, Ken Wojcik, Vice President of Operations, responds “Everbody. Sure, Kenmode has a dedicated quality department,” continues Wojcik, “but the machine operators, tool makers, design engineers, and even the administrative staff understand that quality is an important aspect of their job.”

Of special note, is Kenmode’s investment in sophisticated technology to ensure metal stampings meet stringent quality control requirements.

“Zero defects is no longer a goal for these highly regulated industries,” states Pat Kenkel, Director of Quality at Kenmode. “It’s a mandate. Mistakes are simply not an option.”

To deliver on that promise, Kenmode relies on Optical Vision Systems to simplify non-contact video measurement of all dimensions of the parts and are capable of resolutions as precise as 000020”. Data from the vision system is automatically entered into Kenmode’s Statistical Process Control System, which picks up even the smallest variations in performance.

“If any unacceptable variances occur, it’s easy to see exactly where the process fails so an immediate adjustment can be made,” states Kenkel. “The SPC system eliminates problems that could occur down the line.”

In addition, Kenmode’s Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) provides precise part measurements with the tightest manufacturing tolerances and ensures geometric dimensions and tolerances are consistent with the design blueprint.

Most recently, Kenmode has invested in sophisticated sensor technology that not only takes in-tool measurements and prevents damage to the tool, but can actually make in-tool adjustments based on feedback provided by the tool.

“We will continue to explore and leverage sensor technology as part of our commitment to produce zero-defect parts,” states Wojcik.

See Kenmode's approach to ensuring zero-defect metal stampings. This newly released video gives a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes, and technology that comprise Kenmode's quality initiative.

Manufacturers requiring custom metal stampings need to ensure their metal stamping suppliers are implementing the highest level of quality controls. Kenmode is developing a quality guide entitled "A Checklist for Quality: Seven Questions to Gauge Quality in Metal Stamping Suppliers." The Checklist for Quality provides manufacturers and product designers with an insider's guide for evaluating the level of quality practiced by precision metal stamping firms. Sign up to receive a copy of the Checklist for Quality guide via email as soon as it becomes available.  

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ABOUT KENMODE PRECISION METAL STAMPING
Since its founding in 1960, Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping has built a reputation for strict adherence to uncompromised quality and performance standards in the manufacture of complex, high-precision custom metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, insert molding, and medical device industries. Today, Kenmode fields one of the largest and most experienced engineering, design, and tool & die teams in the industry and employs the latest technology throughout the metal stamping design and production process. Kenmode handles a wide range of metal stamping materials and component parts, from micro miniature medical stampings to large automotive stampings made from steel.

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