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A Good Morning at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2010

The highlight of the morning at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit was a review of what the National Asociation of Manufacturers is doing to boost the visibility of the manufacturing sector around the country, especially on Capitol Hill. John Engler, president of NAM and former three term governor of Michigan, presented a rational overview of areas of tax policy, education, and industrial policy that are needed to secure manufacturing as a key foundation of our economy. With all the talk of the decline of manufacturing in the US, it is important to realize that the US share of global manufacturing output is 21%, while China’s share is 12%. That may be hard for some to realize, but it just underscores the need for stable manufacturing policy in government and a serious effort from education to keep the supply of a highly qualified workforce at the forefront of their efforts.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Graphicast, But Were Afraid to Ask

With no apologies to Woody Allen for the title, we do get a lot of questions about how our process works. And not just our casting process, but the whole process, from beginning to end. How do we design and  make the molds, how do we program the CNC machines, how does the CMM work, etc. We’ve tried to answer these questions with a virtual Graphicast plant tour, highlighting the process we follow in developing a new part for you. All of this is in a  4 1/2 minute video on the Graphicast channel on You Tube. You can see all your favorite Graphicast characters (and they are characters), including a cameo role by your blogger as a CNC machinist. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the video should be worth millions.  I hope you find it helpful to your understanding of Graphicast, and how we work with you to make your parts.

Graphicast, Inc. Named as One of the Country’s Most Progressive Manufacturers

JAFFREY, NH, March 11, 2009 – Managing Automation Media announced that Graphicast, Inc., a Jaffrey based manufacturer of precision castings, has been named to its Progressive Manufacturing 100 list for 2009. The PM100 recognizes 100 projects that have achieved distinction in at least one of eight core disciplines defined as critical to business success in the years ahead. These disciplines are: Business Model Mastery, Customer Mastery, Supply Mastery, Data & Integration Mastery, Innovation Mastery, Training & Education Mastery, Leadership and Operational Excellence.

Graphicast joins companies such as Alcoa, Caterpillar, Pratt and Whitney, and Pfizer in achieving PM100 status in 2009. Graphicast’s project involved utilizing a concept known as Theory of Constraints to revamp its production scheduling. Theory of Constraints focuses on identify and eliminating bottlenecks in production. By employing Theory of Constraints scheduling software, Graphicast was able to greatly simplify the scheduling process, reduce lead times by 75%, increase plant capacity, reduce inventory, and eliminate overtime. These changes allowed Graphicast to move to a four day work week, giving Graphicast’s employees three day weekends every week. An added benefit of going to a four day week was a reduction in electricity usage.

Graphicast’s success in reducing manufacturing costs and improving customer responsiveness have been key factors in Graphicast remaining competitive in the global market.

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