SOLARTRON METROLOGY WINS 2011 LUX AWARD
Solartron Team Optimises Production at Multiple Locations To Meet Higher Demand and Shorter Lead Times for Dimensional Probes
BOGNOR REGIS, WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND— Solartron Metrology, a unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, has been selected as the winner of the AMETEK 2011 Dr. John H. Lux Total Quality Accomplishment Award for it's success in meeting an accelerating demand for it's ultra-precise dimensional gauging probes, while simultaneously improving operating and financial performance.
Established in 1993, the Lux Award honors the late AMETEK Chairman Dr. John H. Lux, who provided 27 years of dedicated leadership to the Company and made numerous contributions to technology, science, engineering, and public service. Dr. Lux’s inspiration and ingenuity live on through this award, which is presented annually to the AMETEK team that best demonstrates significant accomplishment in Total Quality Management and Operational Excellence.
Surging global demand for compact electronic devices led to an increasing demand for Solartron Metrology gauging probes. To meet that demand, Solartron undertook a major effort to increase throughput and reduce lead times, while maintaining or improving product quality.
Some sub-assembly operations were relocated to AMETEK’s Shanghai manufacturing facility, while Solartron’s manufacturing facility at Bognor Regis in the United Kingdom focused on the assembly, calibration and test of the completed units. To further increase throughput and reduce lead times, machining capacity was added and operator skill training intensified at both manufacturing locations.
With the added capacity and skills training, Solartron Metrology was able to handle a significant year-over-year sales increase, while simultaneously reducing scrap lowering inventory requirements and improving return on assets. In addition, the skills and experience gained by Solartron Metrology are now being shared by other AMETEK businesses, as they undertake their own production optimisation and expansion initiatives.
Solartron Metrology is a leading manufacturer of dimensional gauging probes, displacement transducers, optical linear encoders and associated instrumentation. It also is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of $3.0 billion.
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