CNC Industries Ranked 57th of top manufacturers on Inc. 5000

AUGUST 25, 2008; Fort Wayne, Indiana

CNC Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of custom machined and fabricated components announced today that Inc. has ranked the company as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the second consecutive year. The 2008 Inc. 5000 list was announced on August 20, 2008, covering high growth privately held companies through the calendar year ending December 31, 2007.

CNC Industries, Inc. earned the rank of 57 out of the top manufacturing companies on the Inc. 5,000 list and was ranked 1502 on the overall Inc. 5000 list. The Inc. 5000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which Inc. introduced in 1982. The Inc. 5000 includes the Inc. 500 but digs deeper to offer the most comprehensive look ever at the entrepreneurial engine driving the U.S. economy.

The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

About CNC Industries, Inc.

CNC Industries is a fast growing company specializing in custom machining, fabrication and assembly of performance-critical component parts for the Aerospace, Defense, Industrial and Medical industries.  What makes CNC Industries unique is their exceptionally strong infrastructure and their extensive use of technology.  Using a proprietary Distributed ERP system to assist its people, the company has an excellent track record of Quality, On-Time Deliveries, Competitive pricing and Superior customer service.

For more information about CNC Industries, Inc. please visit the company’s web site at http://www.cncind.com

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August 25th, 2008|Tags: |

CNC Industries to Add to its Existing Fort Wayne, Indiana Location

Precision machining company plans to reinvest $3.75 million for improvements

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (August 12, 2008) — CNC Industries, Inc., has announced plans to add to its building and production capacity in 2009. The precision machining company estimates the total cost of the improvements will be approximately $3.75 million. The project could result in the addition of 15 to 20 new jobs by 2009. CNC Industries supplies fabricated and/or assembled parts to customers in the aerospace, defense and medical industries. The company, which was founded in 1995 by Steven and Linda Deam, has been at its current 36,000 square foot Fort Wayne facility, located at 3810 Fourier Drive, since 2000.

Through the proposed project, CNC Industries will be adding new machinery, updating its information technology (IT) equipment and expanding its building. The majority of the project budget, approximately $2 million will be going toward upgrading manufacturing equipment, with $1.5 million slated for building improvements. The remaining budget, about $250,000, will be used for logistics and IT equipment upgrades. CNC Industries has requested that taxes on the reinvestment be phased in over time. The company could realize $265,000 in tax savings over ten years if the request is approved by the City of Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Common Council is currently considering that request.

More information on the company is available at http://www.cncind.com

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August 12th, 2008|

Modern Machine Shop features an article on CNC Industries

August 8, 2008  •  Fort Wayne, Indiana


Modern Machine Shop Magazine featured an article about our Job Manager ERP system…

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CNC Industries finds itself in the same precarious situation as other U.S. shops these days: its material costs are rising at the same time its customers are requesting cost reductions. That said, Steven Deam Sr. says his 65-person shop is quite often the lowest bidder on jobs yet achieves margins that are consistently higher than industry standards. In addition, his shop has experienced nearly 50 percent growth each year since 2004.

He attributes these achievements in large part to the use of an information management system his company developed called JobManager II. This distributed MRP (manufacturing resource planning) system not only allows CNC Industries to effectively manage the massive amount of information that flows through the shop on a daily basis, but it provides access to relevant information at numerous robust computer stations located throughout the facility.

To his way of thinking, all shops have access to the types of advanced CNC machine tools such as the Brother, Haas and Toyoda equipment that his shop uses. What differentiates his shop from others, he believes, is how well the shop is able to manage and deliver job-critical information to all employees in an intuitive format and virtually in real-time.

THEN AND NOW
Daily activity in the Fort Wayne, Indiana shop is much different today than in 1995 when it opened. Thick, paper-based job travelers have been replaced by digital documents available at any of the shop’s many computer stations. Automatic updates of digital drawings and documentation ensure that there are no outdated paper copies floating around the shop waiting to cause problems. Time slips are gone; all employee time tracking is done via computer. Broken tools can be immediately reported to the tool crib attendant and replacements are delivered to the machine without operators having to leave their work area. New- and existing-job planning meetings finish more quickly.

Steven Deam Jr. led the development of the intuitive MRP system that facilitates these activities. He has a B.S. in computer science and is now the company’s CFO and IT manager. Steven Jr. uses Microsoft Visual Basic to program the SQL-server-based system, which offers the flexibility to be tailored to the shop’s current and future needs. Its interface was designed to be sufficiently intuitive so that employees possessing any level of computer experience will be able to comfortably navigate through the system and quickly locate the information they need. Only one or two mouse clicks are required to access necessary documents or data at any computer station, Steven Jr. says.

Having a tool such as this MRP system in itself is not enough for a shop to be successful, he cautions. Steven Jr. feels shops must be willing to provide employees with anything that would help them perform their jobs more efficiently (within reason). It’s equally important, he says, that all shop employees know that the suggestions they offer will be thoughtfully reviewed by shop managers and not simply dismissed out of hand. Not only does that boost employee morale, but it inherently increases overall shop efficiency and profits. Because CNC Industries based its MRP system on input and feedback from users, JobManager II was able to be modeled in such a way that it best supports the shop employees’ specific needs.

Very soon after creating CNC Industries, Steven Sr. took initial steps in digital shop management by moving away from paper-based reporting and instead entering and storing job information digitally. The shop then began creating quotes and purchase orders via computer rather than using traditional pen and paper. That in turn spawned numerous ideas about how the stored data could be analyzed and distributed where it is most needed in the shop. What resulted was the original JobManager MRP system that the shop implemented in 1997.

Three years after that, however, the industry tanked. Unfortunately, that was just after the shop purchased a larger facility and additional equipment. It was during the ensuing 4-year business lull that the shop focused on refining its MRP system. The Deams felt that undergoing this exercise would enable the shop to be in a good position once the machining work came back. They were right.

HOW IT IS APPLIED
Here are some of the primary goals the shop had in developing the JobManager II MRP system and how it now benefits from the latest version. The system allows the shop to:

  • Control of a wealth of information. The amount of documentation that accompanies each job is staggering when you consider the various drawings, process sheets, inspection forms, scheduling data, mil specs and so on. The MRP system allows the shop to organize all that job documentation and provide access to it through a single JobManager window. The types of documents made available to employees depend on their position at the company. When employees log in to the password-protected system, their status is recognized and the system automatically culls only the documents required for them to perform their jobs. A machine operator, for example, would not have access to documents related to human resources, scheduling or purchasing functions.
  • Provide reliable access to information in key areas on the shop floor. Obviously, a computer is required to access the shop’s MRP server from the shop floor. Conventional desktop computers, however, are not particularly suited for shopfloor use. Their cooling fans pull coolant mist inside their cases, which can quickly ruin the computers. That’s why CNC Industries’ shopfloor computer stations use thin clients. A thin client is a computer that doesn’t have a lot of power to support numerous programs. It depends primarily on the central server for processing duties while acting as an interface between the user and the server. These robust thin clients (CNC Industries currently uses Hewlett-Packard models) have no moving parts and no cooling fans that would ingest coolant mist. They also are compact enough to be stealthily installed under the operators’ worktables. The only other computer components needed at each computer station are a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor.
  • The shop currently has 46 fixed computer stations at key areas in the facility (there is one located at every CNC machine tool). It also has three mobile computer stations. Wireless routers installed inside the facility allow wireless communication between the mobile computer stations’ thin clients and the server, allowing the stations to be deployed virtually anywhere they are needed in the facility.
  • Present information in an intuitive format to shopfloor employees. The main interface that operators view (see the screen shot on page 112) lists critical job information such as job number, drawing number, batch size, inventory level and operation sequence. Operators can click to view documents including drawings, setup instructions, setup photos, inspection reports and tool lists for any job. This interface was designed to allow easy navigation for employees of all computer skill levels. Steven Jr.’s goal was to allow users to access any information a person needs within two mouse clicks to reduce information search time and eliminate potential frustration. The interface allows access to information about all active jobs in the shop, and the job list is self-filtering. After a job is completed, it is removed from the list. Likewise, new jobs are automatically added.

The interface includes an electronic time card that keeps tabs on time devoted to running different jobs. In the past, a large stack of paper time cards would be delivered to the office each day to be keyed into the system. Now that data is automatically uploaded by operators at the end of their shifts.

The system’s bidirectional communication is also helpful when a tool breaks. An operator simply clicks to report the broken tool to the tool crib attendant. The attendant receives an alert at the tool crib’s computer station, and the system will both identify the type of tool and provide its drawer location to the attendant. (The new tool is automatically deducted from the tool inventory.) The attendant can then pull the tool, measure it on the shop’s Elbo Controlli presetter (available from Lyndex-Nikken) and have it immediately delivered to the operator. The operator no longer has to walk to the tool crib to report the problem and wait on a new tool while the machine’s spindle remains idle.

The computer station in the tool crib has a specific interface for tool management. To collect tools for a new job, the attendant simply calls up the job and clicks to check out all necessary tools. The tool inventory is then automatically updated. Checking out tools in batches for a job rather than individually via barcodes or some other similar method saves time for the attendant.

  • Offer employees a way to offer suggestions. A company-wide, open-door policy allows any employee to offer suggestions to shop management. On the other hand, suggested changes to a specific job process must be made by filling out a simple process change request form (PCR). Each PCR is reviewed and considered by the shop’s engineering department.

The open line of communication between the MRP system developers and the shopfloor employees has allowed the system to be modified to best help those on the floor. For example, initially it was thought that the only information an operator needs is documentation about the active jobs in the shop. Some operators later suggested that it would be useful to have information about inventory level on parts currently being run on a machine. That way, if an operator sees that a job is running behind, he or she could view the current inventory level on that part and suggest to the plant supervisor that perhaps the remaining parts should be pulled from inventory. The operator could then end that job and set up a new job to keep the machine on schedule. Soon after the addition of the inventory level box, another box was added that gives the location of parts in inventory, which saves time searching for the parts in such instances.

  • Enable management to take quicker action about job issues. The shop holds what it calls pre-flight meetings nearly every morning. Engineers, shopfloor supervisors, the lead inspector and members of management meet in the company’s conference room to discuss upcoming jobs and review existing jobs nearing the end of their run. An MRP system module was created to streamline and shorten these meetings.

For new jobs, the group determines if all necessary documentation is available on the system’s job sheet before the job is pushed to the shop floor. For existing jobs, the group will review open PCRs and decide whether to implement them, dismiss them or task engineering to review them. Similarly, inspection reports are reviewed to ensure that sufficient information is included on those reports. If a problem occurred on a job’s last run, perhaps more frequent or 100-percent in-process inspection is specified. Supplier and employee corrective actions are also discussed during these meetings.

Meeting attendees are able to access the MRP system and enter information as issues are discussed. For example, development of new-job process sheets can begin and existing process sheets can be edited in the system at that time. Assignments and deadlines can be entered and delivered to the Tasks section of a person’s Microsoft Outlook program. Not only does entering information during the meeting save time, but it also prevents manufacturing issues from slipping through the cracks.

  • Allow flexibility to modify or add capabilities as business needs change. Steven Jr. admits that the shop likely spent more money developing its own MRP system than it would have by purchasing an off-the-shelf package. However, the shop justifies this because its version offers a fully customizable platform that can be tailored to their processes and people. In addition, it realizes a cost savings by using thin clients and is able to affordably populate the shop with a number of computer stations.

The shop has recently added two additional programmers to speed development and implementation of new MRP modules. A new accounting module, for instance, will enable the MRP system to more closely resemble an ERP system (enterprise resource planning) by automating the push of information from JobManager II to an open accounting system such as QuickBooks or Microsoft Accounting. Similarly, the shop is working with Dostek, Inc. to allow a JobManager II interface to be the front-end access point to the DNC package and allow CNC programs to be downloaded to the proper machine tool. Other modules are being developed to help with scheduling, material purchases, human resources duties and deep-analysis functions.

CNC Industries may make its MRP system commercially available, but this is a decision that will be made in the future. At the moment, the shop is continuing to modify the system for its own use and will continue to do this to adapt to its evolving business needs.

August 8th, 2008|

CNC Industries is Re-Assessed to ISO 9001-2008

SGS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES ISO 9001:2008 RE-ASSESMENT OF: CNC INDUSTRIES INC., A PRECISON MACHINING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY

For Immediate Release

SGS is pleased to announce the successful ISO 9001:2008 Re-Assessment for CNC Industries Inc. A PRECISON MACHINING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY. This re-assessment confirms that CNC Industries’ Quality Management System continues to conform to the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, which was originally certified at CNC Industries in 2003.

CNC Industries Inc., established in December 1995, specializes in precision machining of standard and custom parts for medical, aerospace, defense, semiconductor, analytical, and other industrial industries. The company’s lean manufacturing practices, skilled machinist workforce, and quick-turn machining solutions, include the latest technology in CNC flexible machining centers as well as the latest Information Management technology.

The majority of products are machined complete from aluminum or plastic plate or bar stock, or from metal castings or forgings. All manufacturing, sales and administrative activities are conducted from its 36,000 sq. ft. production facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company takes great pride in providing customers with quality machined products and fabrications, delivered on time, at optimal and competitive cost.


For more information regarding CNC Industries Inc. please refer to the company web site, http://www.cncind.com , or call 260-490-5700 x123 or 122.

For more details on SGS registration services, we encourage you to visit our website at www.us.sgs.com.

August 8th, 2008|

CNC Industries receives a Business Expansion Award

CNC Industries, a Fort Wayne Indiana based job shop, was recently presented with a Business Expansion Award from the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana.    Last fall CNC Industries announced it’s plan to nearly double it’s manufacturing space.  The expansion would include numerous new pieces of equipment as well as an expected increase of 15-20 jobs.

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August 5th, 2008|