Shimco strives to be a valued partner to all of its customers. We endeavour to find value-added products and services wherever we can, making sure that our customers want to do business with us again.
CASE STUDY 1 – Integrating special processes
Shimco has been a full-service manufacturer for over 30 years. However, special processes have always been outsourced to qualified third parties and although we received quality service from those third parties, the timing to have those services completed was out of our control, adding valuable lead time to customers’ order. So how did we fix that issue?
Our goal was to get lead time down to as short as 1 day on parts, including special processing. That extremely short lead time would allow us to service the maintenance-repair-overhaul market, as well as meet our customer’s shorter lead time needs, as we would be a truly vertically integrated supplier.
There was really only one solution: expand operations to enable our own special processes line.
Shimco offers the industries it serves the ability to have their parts manufactured and coated, all in one integrated facility. Our lead times are significantly reduced as compared to when we did not have special processes on-site and we are able to pass along these cost savings to customers.
CASE STUDY 2 – Short lead time solutions
Shimco received a large industrial order for tapered metal shims with a short lead time. Machining the shims one-by-one in a conventional work holding process would have taken 6 weeks or would have tied up most machines and machinists for a few days, negatively impacting other customers’ order.
We needed to find a way to machine the parts much more quickly, but still maintain the high tolerance required.
We purchased and installed a magnetic material holder and sourced special cutting tools, allowing us to machine 6-9 parts at one time, significantly reducing the setup and run times.