Bowden Blog: 2 Second Lean – Clamp Cell Chip Chutes Continued

Once again, we’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey with our Daily Morning Improvement Time each day and creating videos to show our improvements.

We’ve taken the next steps in our Machining Cell where we’re running Clamps, as we look to transform the Cell through our daily actions.

In today’s video, Marvin continues to refine our method to keep the chips contained from ending up on the floor near the machine.

Bowden Blog: 2 Second Lean – Clamp Cell Chip Chutes

We’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey with our Daily Morning Improvement Time each day and creating videos to show our improvements.

We’re continuing in our Machining Cell where we’re running Clamps, as we look to transform the Cell through our daily actions.

In today’s video, Jeremy and Marvin are working to keep the chips from the machining operation contained to keep their workbench cleaner.

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean – It’s Hammer Time!

We’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey each day and starting to put together more videos showing our improvements.

Here’s our latest one from this morning’s Improvement Time on the shop floor.  It was a really simple improvement, but will save a lot of time for Marvin as he goes through his day!

Labor Day – Extend the Weekend & Compress the Week!

Remarkable how great an extra weekend day feels, particularly without any extra “holiday” obligations associated with the day off from work.

Summer-like weather this weekend, unexpected for early September, provided some final poolside opportunities before Fall arrives in Northeastern Ohio…..just what we needed to recharge and refresh ourselves.

Several of our Bowden Teammates took an extra day to extend the long weekend a bit further, often a wise use of vacation time.  We’ve got some busy months ahead and we’re pretty excited to get cranked up again.

Funny how the extended weekend suddenly compresses this week that follows, as we can’t help by try to cram 5 days worth of activity into the 4 days that remain.  Of course that time compression never works, but with the extra time off, we’ve got extra energy in the building and it’s a great way to start a short week!

 

Retirement Celebration! Sandi Pandy – 33 Years of Energy, Dedication & Love

Taryn - Sandi - Kathy
Taryn – Sandi – Kathy

It was a warm Saturday afternoon when the Team at Bowden gathered with their families to celebrate the career of Sandi Pandy.

For over 33 years, Sandi’s enthusiasm has been a hallmark of Bowden’s world as Sandi worked tirelessly doing so many different tasks:  Payroll, HR, purchasing, accounting, party planning, answering the phone, inventory, budgeting…..the list could go on and on.

Sandi has been such an important part of all that we do and we wish her well as she plans to spend much more time with her family in the months and years ahead.  Thanks very much, Sandi, for all that you’ve added into our lives!

Sandi - Carl - Mike In Front of Sandi's Surprise Piano!
Sandi – Carl – Mike
In Front of Sandi’s Surprise Piano!

Featured Positive Story of the Week

CNC Haas Lathe – Set-up

IMG_3270
Bowden Teammate Arthur, on Haas Lathe

Bowden Manufacturing Teammate, Arthur Biddulph, showed his Ability to Learn as he completed his first set-up operation!

The set-up of a CNC machine is a critical aspect of the machining operation. Precision, attention to detail, and advanced knowledge of the machine is required to perform the set-up correctly. The operation was done using one of our CNC Haas Lathe Machines and was a set-up for a roughing operation on a customer part.

The particular part material is a Stainless Steel Super Duplex Grade Alloy, known as Ferralium. Super duplex grade alloys consist of 25% or more Chromium, which makes the metal extremely resistant to corrosion. For this reason, this particular material is used frequently in both marine and chemical applications.

Super Duplex Alloy Characteristics:

  • Twice design strength of other stainless steels.
  • Wide range of corrosion resistance to match application.
  • Good toughness down to minus 80 degrees Celsius.
  • Particular resistance to stress corrosion cracking.
  • Weldable with care in thick sections.
  • More difficult to form and machine than other steel alloys.

Click here for a detailed list of Material We Currently Work With

IMG_3264
Ferralium – Raw Material
IMG_3268
CNC Lathe Operation of Ferralium Part
IMG_3262
Starting to Take Shape

 

IMG_3274
Finished Ferralium Part