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tooling for common connectors . This gives them an arsenal of modular tooling options . “ The connector body might be straight , or a 90 °, but everything else is the same . It ’ s the same cable and connector end . Or it ’ s the same connector and same body , but the cable diameter is different . So , once we have that set , we can just exchange them with different modules , so it ’ s very rare that we have to charge a customer for tooling ,” Larry indicated .
Quick Response Manufacturing
On the heels of their ISO certification in 2016 , and along with an additional 12,000 ft .² of production space , InSource launched its Quick Response Manufacturing system
( QRM ). Larry began his explanation of QRM saying there is definitely a Lean Manufacturing element to QRM , but that Lean Theory concentrates heavily on machine time . “ What Lean does not focus on , specifically in a high-mix / low-volume shop like ours , is the time in between . We focus on MCT ( Manufacturing Critical Time ) which goes from the day the order is placed to the day you ship it to the customer .”
InSource analyzed what was happening in their facility and noted there were a lot of times when nothing was being done . “ The order was placed , and we would wait for parts to come in . Then , after another wait
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