Hydra-Electric’s Assembly area is state-of-the-art, with many cutting-edge operations. At least 95% of the assembly process takes place in-house, with only a few outside processes, such as surface treatments and fluid charging, taking place outside the factory.
Hydra-Electric employs skilled aerospace labor as much as possible in the assembly area, and any new employees are thoroughly trained on the critical assembly procedures during their first 30-90 days on the job. As with machining, there is a good pool of aerospace assembly talent in the aerospace-rich territory of Burbank and Los Angeles. Some of our more involved processes in assembly include TIG welding, laser welding, electron beam welding, and laser marking.
We employ Lean Manufacturing techniques to get the job done. Using manufacturing work cells, Kanban, Kaizen events, Takt Time studies, quick changeover, level loading, and other “lean” ideals has made our work more efficient and resulted in better pricing for the customers. Principles of 6S and Value Stream Mapping have further enhanced our effectiveness.