Why Midwest Metal Products Embraces Kaizen

Sometimes change in the business world takes time. Sometimes committees lack leadership. Sometimes schedules get off track and people lose direction.

Enter the Kaizen event. This structured methodology uses a short time frame—usually between 2-10 days—to speed up change and improve internal processes. Kaizen focuses on continuing improvement, eliminating waste, and boosting productivity.

Participants begin by defining the problem and documenting the situation. After a Kaizen event, everyone has a short-term action plan as well as longer-range schedules and operating standards.

According to Lean Manufacturing Tools, a well-planned and well-executed Kaizen event can generate between 20-100 percent improvements in quality and efficiency.

For these reasons, Midwest Metal Products uses the Kaizen approach in all our work. Most recently, we used a Kaizen event to earn our AS9100 certification.

In the aerospace industry, AS 9100 is the quality management standard. Leading Aerospace companies throughout the world recognize and support this critical certification. In addition, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) endorse AS 9100 certification as the quality standard in the aerospace industry.

When Midwest Metals earned our AS 9100 certification, we proved that we have high-quality systems in place. Our certification shows that Midwest Metals:

  • Demonstrates effective quality management
  • Qualifies as a preferred aerospace supplier
  • Meets eligibility standards for listing in the Online Supplier Information System (OASIS) database

In addition to meeting strict guidelines for AS 9100 certification, the aerospace industry—as well as the medical, electronic, and other industries—trust Midwest Metal Products for our:

  • Strictly-controlled design and manufacturing processes
  • On-time and quick turnaround production
  • Client-compatible design interfacing
  • Continuous investment in new manufacturing technology

For more than 50 years, Midwest Metal Products has manufactured high-quality aluminum and stainless steel equipment for customers across the globe. We’re proud of our reputation and we’re serious about continually improving our business.

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