A steadfast focus on quality and exceeding expectations
Hydra-Electric is committed to a program of Continuous Improvement to ensure the highest levels of product quality and on-time delivery to our customers in accordance to their requirements, which we strive to exceed. We believe this is the only way to develop long-term business relationships with customers that work to our mutual benefit.
To achieve these levels of quality, beginning from the design stage and on through every step of the production cycle, our employees build quality into our products at every stage. This is accomplished through training, procedural documentation, commitment to excellence in quality and with the mindset of how can “I” improve our products.
Hydra-Electric’s commitment to continuous improvement is accomplished through a strict regimen of Lean Manufacturing and Six-Sigma methodology, with our efforts focused on:
- Improving on-time delivery
- Improving product quality
- Increasing inventory turns
- Optimizing facility efficiencies
These ongoing targets are pursued by improving our first-pass yields, and reducing scrap and rework, which we accomplish by reducing variations in manufacturing (repeatability and reproducibility) along with reducing or eliminating the seven types of waste known as “Muda”:
- Transportation—unnecessary handling of goods
- Inventory—material in any stage awaiting further processing
- Motion—unnecessary motion of people, which increases Takt time
- Waiting—wasted time
- Over-processing—all unnecessary processing, including personnel time and equipment
- Overproduction—encompasses all of the other wastes: of time, cost of extra materials, and cost of storage and preservation
- Defects—waste of time (rework) and money (scrap)
Our manufacturing processes are documented with value stream and time value maps to illustrate and expose areas of opportunities for improvement, which can then be addressed via Kaizen events and 6S projects. Future value stream maps will also include the front office area to identify further opportunities for improvement. Our Kaizen events are championed by our upper management and performed by all levels of personnel from department managers to machine operators. Everyone gets the opportunity to contribute.