Wakefield-Vette is creating work cells to streamline its production of thermal products and introducing new quality and on-time delivery procedures.

By Russ Gager

Wakefield-Vette extrudes aluminum and manufactures thermal solutions for its customers, and it is making big changes to make its processes more efficient to deliver higher-quality components at a much higher on-time delivery percentage. One of the major changes being made at the company’s 250,000-square-foot headquarters in Pelham, N.H., will create work cells in which all the processes required for customer high-volume parts are centralized instead of being dispersed throughout the plant in several locations.

“There are a number of products that jump back and forth between the CNC machining, assembly, bonding, and extrusion cutting area,” President Mark Daugherty explains. “What we’re doing is taking those processes that are logistically scattered inside the building and putting them all in one work cell that represents all the processing required for our large customers. It’s bringing all the manufacturing steps together where it makes sense to be more efficient, reduce work-in-process inventory, improve lead times and increase visibility of order status.”