Wieland Chase: 84% time savings ballooning part drawings & producing PPAP reports
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Evolving their business by updating their ballooning and PPAP process
Wieland Chase LLC, with locations in Los Angeles (CA, USA) and Montpelier (VT, USA), supplies the North American market with high-quality brass rods, forgings and ingots for numerous applications, e.g. in construction, industrial machinery, as well as in transportation and electrical engineering, and generates €93 million in sales with its more than 300 employees. Wieland Chase is a member of the global Wieland Group and a leading manufacturer of brass rods in the USA, based in Montpelier, Ohio.
When Wieland Chase decided to add forged parts to its traditional brass rod business, the company was inundated with new component drawings. Quality Engineer Tad Scranton set out to find a faster and easier way to stamp part drawings and produce inspection reports for manufacturing. She stumbled upon Tad's solution with InspectionXpert. What used to take 2 hours now only takes 20 minutes.
When Tad Scranton first joined Wieland Chase, it was exclusively a brass rod manufacturer. However, as the market shifted and competition increased, they had to diversify. They added brass forgings to their range and Wieland Chase immediately saw an increase in business. Adding fabricated pieces with dimensions required a major shift in processes throughout the company, but especially in quality. Fortunately, this was all in Tad's wheelhouse. He started his career as a machinist, so he knew how to read part drawings, machine and measure parts.
When Wieland Chase started making forged parts, there was a huge influx of drawings and proposals. "The minute you thought you were keeping up, you weren't," says Tad. It took Tad two hours to create a part drawing and the check sheets for the floor. He used Microsoft Word to bubble the part drawing and then typed the dimensions and callouts into Excel to create his check sheets. In the event of a revision of the part, Tad would then have to manually renumber each balloon in Word and update all his check sheets. "I knew there had to be a better way to do this," says Tad.
How InspectionXpert helped
Tad was looking for a solution to speed up the stamping of drawings. He was given free access to InspectionXpert and confirmed that the software would help him produce stamp drawings and inspection reports faster. He was also happy about the security of the software. "Ultimately I chose InspectionXpert because of the transparency. I knew exactly what I was getting, and who I was getting it from."
With InspectionXpert, Tad can balloon his part drawings and create check sheets for the floor in 20 minutes – an 84% time savings from his old manual process. Tad and his coworker Kelli Entenman are using InspectionXpert to create control plans, check sheets, and PPAP Dimensional Results Reports.
"If I hadn’t found a faster way to bubble I would have lost my sanity, quit my job and just opened a lemonade stand in my hometown Hicksville, Ohio," says Tad. For Tad, finding efficiencies in his process wasn't an option, but crucial to keeping the ball rolling and ensuring the business could continue to grow. By reducing the time Tad spends on stamping and test reporting, he can allocate more time to process control and optimisation, resulting in fewer errors. Ultimately, Tad and Kelli were able to improve quality processes at Wieland Chase, which positively impacted throughput rates at the forging operation.
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