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Improving Small-Parts Manufacturing Using New Technologies and Processes

2023.03.17

The manufacturing of small, complex machined metal parts is constantly evolving to maintain high quality and enable technological advancements in various high-tech industries.

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Name
Dane Walter
Company
Pequot Manufacturing (USA)
Department / Position
Eurotech Cell Lead
Favorite Quote
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord rather than for people. [Colossians 3:23]

Always looking for better ways to do things.

We, Pequot Manufacturing, are a company specializing in metalworking and manufacturing relatively small, complex parts for a variety of industries. I lead the Eurotech Machine Cell and am involved in the management of quality control and productivity improvement. I see my job as not only doing my best to deliver the highest-quality and competitively priced products, but also continually looking for ways to improve processes and machining programs. The manufacturing industry is highly competitive in terms of production efficiency and cost, and it's essential for us to improve in both areas daily. I was involved in a project we launched a few years ago to implement automated manufacturing processes, and we were able to achieve a highly automated process which produced consistent results without sacrificing quality. I would like to continue to do my best by proactively adopting new technologies and methods to increase customer satisfaction in the future.

The most important thing is keeping our promises to our customers.

Deliver high-quality products, on time, at the quoted price. This is not as easy as it sounds. There's no guarantee that unexpected situations will not occur, such as raw material shortages, sudden additional orders, or discount negotiations. We believe that our ability to respond to these types of situations is greatly influenced by our experience. We produce more than 1,000 various machined products in our lathe and mill departments, and if this experience has taught us anything, it's to be prepared for every possible situation. Furthermore, the knowledge we have accumulated over the years helps us make the right decisions. A key value for us is keeping our promises to our customers, whatever it takes. We also learn a lot by listening to our customers and understanding their needs. I've grown personally because I've been able to think through solutions to seemingly impossible problems in a positive light. Continuing to act with this kind of mindset has led to the gratifying result of continuing to break sales records. I am proud of the efforts of all of us at Pequot Manufacturing, as well as grateful to our customers.

We want to contribute to the future of the industry while raising the standard of technology and quality.

We use a variety of Kyocera products for small-part manufacturing and my impression is that they are highly consistent in quality and performance. The technology they develop enables us to continually push the boundaries of our manufacturing processes. Furthermore, in my experience, the fact that Kyocera stocks a wide variety of application-specific tools in advance is very helpful as we are able to respond to issues without stopping the production line. In short, I think the responsiveness of the representatives is excellent. We take pride in contributing to diverse fields through machined metal products, and Kyocera is an invaluable ally in this mission.

My future goal is to become a top-level engineer with extensive knowledge and experience. As the saying goes, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord rather than for people." I hope to pursue a higher standard than anyone else in terms of technology and quality and give back to people and society. I also value the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience I've gained to support young metalworking engineers by encouraging their growth and motivating them to work based on their successes. In recent years, many veteran engineers have retired, and knowledge transfer is becoming an issue in the manufacturing industry. I would like to convey the satisfaction this type of work brings, not only to young engineers within our company, but also to the broader community of engineers who will lead the next generation.

For more information about Kyocera Precision Tools:
https://www.kyoceraprecisiontools.com
To learn more about Pequot Manufacturing:
https://www.pequottool.com/

(Information as of January 2023)

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