How Do We Ensure Quality Operations?

461890883At Standby Screw, it is at the top of our priority list that we manufacture all parts at a high quality to satisfy specific customer needs. How exactly do we do that?

In general, each operation has its own inspection plan that operators are trained to follow.

Some features may need checked more frequently than others.

We provide all of the operators with the inspection plan and gauges required for each operation.

We also have comparators, height gages, and various other inspection equipment located throughout the shop, so that operators can stay in their department to check parts, and not have to go back and forth to the Quality Lab.

Finally, before parts are moved away from the machine and back into Work-In-Process (WIP), a floor auditor will also verify the parts are conforming. The live inspection data is entered directly into tablet computers on the floor and parts are stamped to move along.

By taking all of these steps, we at Standby Screw save time, money, and most importantly, provide our customers with products they will be extremely satisfied with.

The Scoop on S.C.O.R.E

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Per the ISO Standard, Standby Screw must set internal goals in certain areas of business. We refer to these as “Quality Objective Measures.”

These measures are reported monthly and S.C.O.R.E is the acronym that we use to keep our goals top-of-mind because it is easy to remember.

Each month, we hold group meetings where we report our progress to all employees and illustrate to them how each employee’s job is important; each employee can affect whether we, as a company, are successful or not.

Let’s break down the “score” for you:

S = SCRAP

The dollar value lost due to scrap parts each month

C = CUSTOMER RETURNS

The dollar value of parts returned by customers compared to total dollars shipped. We have set a goal of .10% for ourselves in 2015.

O = ON-TIME DELIVERY

While all customers would like 100% on-time delivery, this is not always possible. We track this internally and exceeded 98% on-time in 2014.

R= REWORK HOURS

The hours recorded for activities for which we do not get paid. This would include sorting or reworking parts that may not meet customer specifications.

E = EFFICIENCIES

While efficiencies for each department are monitored daily, we also report the overall shop wide efficiency for S.C.O.R.E.

S.C.O.R.E is extremely important to us at Standby Screw because not only does it help us internally, but it makes it easier to increase customer satisfaction!

The Importance of ISO Certification

At Standby Screw, we are proud to be an ISO-certified manufacturer. Not sure what this means, exactly? We’ll break down some facts for you, below.

-This is a system designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while at the same time meeting all industry statutory and regulatory requirements.

-Having a certification means that “the provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.”

-Benefits of being ISO-certified are vast. These standards make industries more efficient by breaking down barriers to international trade.

-ISO certification can save costs, enhance our customer satisfaction, allow us to access new markets, increase our market share, and benefit the environment by reducing negative impacts.

If you’d like to know more about ISO Certification, visit ISO.

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Industry Spotlight: Mini-Cultivators

mini cultivatorAre you in the market for a mini-cultivator? At Standby Screw, we proudly manufacture parts for these efficient machines.  Mini-cultivators are the perfect tools to get those small, hard to reach places in your landscaping, look immaculate!

Whether you have a small-plotted garden outdoors or a little raised plant bed at your apartment, mini-cultivators help loosen topsoil that will create a richer home for your flowers and food!

For easy use, front tine tillers are recommended as they are easy to push and operate. Ultimately, we’re happy to manufacture parts for these resourceful machines so that you are able to work less hard on your gardening!

Industry Spotlight: Power Transmission Systems

At Standby Screw, we proudly manufacture power transmission parts such as bushings, gears, worm gears, pulleys, hubs, and shafts in order to ensure that machines efficiently operate.

gear boxTransmission systems are complex, as they are an assembly of parts that include speed-changing gears and propeller shafts by which the power is transmitted. Most often, transmission refers to the gearbox that utilizes gears and gear trains to provide speed and torque conversions from a rotating power source to another device.

The most common use of power transmission is in motor vehicles, which ultimately drives the wheels.

All of the parts we manufacture for power transmission systems, big and small, are all important in the grand scheme of power transmission systems operating properly!

Industry Spotlight: Gear Motors

At Standby Screw, we are proud to manufacture gear products, specifically parts that go into gear motors. You may think you know what a gear motor is, but the extent of functionality of these parts is tremendous.

gearsGear motors are complete, motive force systems that consist of an electric motor and a reduction gear train that are both integrated into an easy-to-mount and easy-to-configure package.  This design greatly reduces the intricacy and cost of designing power tools and other machines and appliances that call for high-torque at a low shaft speed or RPM.

Gear motors allow for the use of economical, low-horsepower motors that in turn provide a strong force with low speed, such as in lifts, cranks, medical tables, jacks, and robotics.

We bet you didn’t know that gear motors could be large enough to lift a house or small enough to power a tiny clock!

The next time you turn the dial on your washing machine, open your garage, or use a power drill, you’re taking advantage of the strength and productivity gear motors produce. Gear motors make the world “go round!”

Industry Spotlight: Zero-Turn Mowers

If you currently have a riding mower that isn’t zero-turn, you’re missing out on the optimal efficiency they provide to maximize your landscaping capabilities.

riding mowerAt Standby Screw, we are proud to manufacture parts for zero-turn mowers that are beasts of machines with a wide-cutting deck, high-cutting speed, and the ability to turn on its own axis without leaving any uncut areas of your lawn.

Why continue to try and perfect your lawn without a zero-turn mower? You’ll be saved the time it will take you to go back over those uncut areas with a push mower and your landscaping will be left looking flawless.

Industry Spotlight: Rototillers

tillerWhat kind of rototiller do you use to take care of your outside landscaping? At Standby Screw, we are proud to manufacture parts for Troybilt rototillers, a brand that features rugged and durable parts on its tillers that can effectively turn dirt into fertile soil.

These parts include cast-iron encased transmissions with bronze gear drives.

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with rototillers or are in the market to buy a new one, these machines are motor-driven and have rotating blades for breaking up or “tilling” soil.  Rototillers are used to prepare soil for planting without spade digging or having to use a hoe by hand to loosen up the soil. See more of Troybilt’s tillers, here.

Industry Spotlight: CNC Programming

Did you know that Standby Screw uses PartMaker CAD/CAM for our CNC Programming? The Delcam PartMaker is the world-leading CAM software for production machining. programming

PartMaker applies two unique patented technologies for automating the programming of multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes and has been developed specifically to support the unique capabilities of these machines intuitively.

A unique feature is the powerful 3D simulation that allows you to visualize the entire manufacturing process to avoid costly errors and collisions before sending the NC program to the machine.

If your goal is to have a CAM system that:

  • Reduces machine setup time for new jobs by over 50%
  • Gives you the power to take on tough jobs but is easy to use
  • Programs all CNC machines
  • Generates correct NC codes

At Standby Screw, we appreciate innovation that makes tough tasks easier and makes production time more efficient. Get more details on the PartMaker, here.

Industry Spotlight: Conveyor Systems

When you think of a conveyor system, oftentimes a conveyor belt will come to mind, showing items moving in one direction. That would be exactly right. Conveyor systems are common pieces of mechanical handling equipment that move materials from one location to another and are especially helpful for moving heavier items.

conveyorThese systems allow for quicker and more efficient movement in a product line and are especially handy in the material-handling and packaging industries. All conveyor systems are not the same, however. Chain conveyers also exist and consist of enclosed tracks, power & free, hand-pushed trolleys, etc.

At Standby Screw, we are proud to manufacture parts for conveyor systems because we are helping other industries with their efficiency of work. What, more specifically, are the benefits of conveyor systems? Take a look:

• Conveyors are able to safely transport materials from one level to another, which when done by human labor would be strenuous and expensive
• Conveyors can be installed almost anywhere and are much safer than using a forklift or other machines to move materials
• These systems can move loads of all shapes, sizes, and weights. Also, many have advanced safety features that help prevent accidents
• There are a variety of options available for running conveying systems, including the hydraulic, mechanical and fully automated systems, which are equipped to fit individual needs

The next time you’re near one of these industries, look out for the different conveyor systems they use!

• Automotive
• Agricultural
• Computer
• Electronic
• Food Processing
• Aerospace
• Pharmaceutical
• Chemical
• Bottling & Canning
• Print Finishing
• Packaging