Amphenol Fiber Systems International
Adopting lean practices and utilizing Amphenol’s resources allowed Fiber Systems
to improve quality and diversify its market.
By Tim O’Connor
When Fiber Systems International wanted to phase in lean manufacturing philosophies a decade ago the company tapped into the resources of local colleges. A quarter-million-dollar grant from the state of Texas allowed the maker of fiber-optic components and equipment to utilize lean manufacturing programs from Collin College, the University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC).
“Certainly that training and hands-on involvement of nearly every employee in specific areas was involved in this,” Vice President of Product Development Bill Reid says of the company’s transition to lean practices. “It strengthens our existing process to work with the community and universities and manufacturing centers.”