Bowden Blog – New Year’s Edition to Kickoff 2018!

We’re excited to get 2018 started here at Bowden!

My New Year’s Resolution is to get more consistently adding content to the Blog and my youngest daughter, Abby, is going to help me out!

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Thanks, Andy

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.

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!

Positive Story of the Week: tecsis LP

Bowden Manufacturing had a very encouraging visit with Jim Siebold and Judy Fox from tecsis LP. Located in Worthington, Ohio, near Columbus,  Tecsis specializes in pressure transducers and sensors, load cells, and various custom engineered sensors. You can find Tecsis sensors in the oil and gas industry, automotive and off-road manufacturing, systems integration, aerospace, military, and in general manufacturing installations everywhere. They are appreciative of the work we’ve done for them and we are excited about working with them in the future.

—“We’ve done work with Tecsis in the past and it was great that they made the time to visit us.  We are all hoping that their business can continue to grow and we’re excited to be helpful along those lines.  They have highly-engineered products that typically require milling and turning, a combination which has been a good fit for us” says Andy McCartney, President of Bowden Manufacturing.

For inquiries about our machining solutions:

call us: 440-946-1770 or email us: sales@bowdenMFG.com
Pictured Left to Right: Matt Hollis - Bowden MFG, Wes Holder - Bowden MFG, Judy Fox - Tecsis LP, Jim Siebold - Tecsis LP
Pictured Left to Right: Matt Hollis – Bowden MFG, Wes Holder – Bowden MFG, Judy Fox – tecsis LP, Jim Siebold – tecsis LP

Click here for a full list of our: 7 Qualities of a Bowden Customer Partnership

 

 

 

IMTS: International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014

IMTS_Logo_2014The 2014 IMTS: International Manufacturing Technology Show was held in Chicago this September. “The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 114,147 registrants. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago.”

Team Leaders of Bowden Manufacturing, Andy McCartney and Wes Holder, had the opportunity to attend the show this fall. Read more for the full interview with Andy McCartney about this years show!  Continue reading “IMTS: International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014”

7 Qualities of a Bowden Customer Partnership

Partnership is an often-used term in the business world today. At Bowden Manufacturing, we use it as the core of our company purpose: “To Establish, Maintain & Grow, Long-Term, Mutually-Beneficial  Partnerships with Our Customers, Our Teammates & Families, Our Suppliers, and Our Community.” These days, it seems that the word “business” implies “impersonal” relationships and justifies  treating people poorly, without courtesy or respect. We believe that to conduct business properly,  people need to care about each other and to have their partner’s best interest in mind.

We took some time to reflect on our company experience and describe the qualities that we have  seen in our best partnerships. These are the same qualities that we try to exhibit in all of our  partnerships.

SEVEN QUALITIES OF A BOWDEN CUSTOMER PARTNERSHIP

Personality – We appreciate good, old fashioned, human contact! Cooperative, positive people who  take the time to make a personal connection with others are the type of people that tend to make a  partnership work. “All business,” “Just the numbers,” or “I’m the Customer, Hear Me Roar!” doesn’t  work well for us. Lasting partnerships start by taking the time to get to know the other people, their  perspective, and their situation so that we can work for mutual success.

Visitation – Our experience shows, unquestionably, that on-site visits in both directions help create  deeper understanding on both sides of the partnership. We typically visit new partners within the first  year so that we can get a better understanding of our partner’s environment, and meet the  engineers, inspectors, purchasing agents, and others that make the relationship work at multiple  levels. We expect that new partners will come visit our shop within the first year, so that they can  develop an understanding of our environment, our people, our commitment, and our sense of  ownership of the products we produce for them.

Connection – Communications between multiple levels within partnering organizations dramatically increases mutual understanding and speeds problem solving.

• Our engineers seek to understand how the products we produce are intended to function for the  end-user of our partner’s products. This understanding typically goes beyond basic print  tolerances, so that our processes can be engineered with the end-use in mind.

• Our Quality Assurance personnel seek to understand and replicate the inspection processes  that will be used by our partners once we’ve delivered products. This helps us discover  potential defects prior to shipment.

• Our Customer Service teammates endeavor to provide accurate and timely status of our  partners’ orders.

Volume – We invest a lot of time, energy, and resources into a partnership. We want to develop  robust processes for producing our partners’ products. So, we seek to be regularly engaged in  supplying our partner’s products, rather than every once-in-a-while. When we are regularly engaged  in providing their products, the result is usually a six-figure annual sales machining relationship.  Our typical partners outsource a significant volume of products of “our type” of machining work, rather  than producing them in-house. We aspire to function as an extension of our partner’s company, rather  than as a competitor to their internal machining capacity. This reduces our partner’s asset intensity.

Typically, our partner requirements vary in quantity from 10-25 pcs per month for complex designs up  to 1,000-3,000 per month for more simple products.

Product Wheelhouse – The products we manufacture for our partners tend to be a consistent  combination of part size, geometry, tolerances, and quantity required. They tend to have some  complexity so that not just any shop can do the work and they routinely have both milling and  turning required.   

Raw materials we use often are net or near net shape, which we can obtain from our supplier  partners. We regularly work with a wide variety of castings, forgings, and extrusions. The  work-holding, engineering, and inspection requirements of these types of products tend to be  more challenging and require our deep skill set.

Our “product” extends beyond the physical item that we manufacture. We have suggested design  changes that improve manufacturability and may reduce cost. We can develop supply and inventory  strategies that improve our partner’s reaction to their marketplace dynamics.

Open Pricing Discussions/Trust – Often business dealings are shrouded in secrecy…. particularly when relating to pricing in a business-to-business relationship. We talk openly with our  partners about pricing, since we know the value we provide means we are typically not the lowest  price supplier. Our ability to streamline the process of decision-making, by getting pricing discussions  out in the open, can help facilitate direct action in a timely fashion.

Early in a partnership, openness requires trust. Typically, our preliminary estimates are 5% to 25%  higher than final pricing. We seek an avenue to begin producing the product in a short-run, low-risk  manner for both sides. This serves to begin the working relationship of the partnership, lets us prove  out our manufacturing process, and allows us the chance to see what pricing we might be able to  offer in production.

Long-Term, Win-Win Thinking – If a partnership is going to last, it has to benefit both partners. We  are not seeking short-term victories at the expense of a potential long-term partner; rather, we try to  set appropriate expectations and over-communicate as we start a new partnership. We work hard to  discover what is a “win” for our partners and that is different for each company. We see a marathon  when it comes to partnerships, not the 100-yard dash and our partners share that mindset.

At Bowden Manufacturing, we are excited to meet new people, learn new things, and develop new  partners. It’s exciting to see our products and services help our partners on their long-term road to  success.