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Endurance Carbide, has implemented a Process Improvement Team, the P.I.T Crew, to address quality and process improvement change head-on.
Business can be a cruel environment. Adaptation is critical for survival. A business, no matter how long it’s been around, is untenable to change. Whether it’s within culture, product, or processes, change is always lurking behind doors. And it’s better to just let it in than have it wait around.
At Endurance Carbide, we’ve implemented a team to address change head-on. Our Process Improvement Team, the P.I.T Crew, comprises of production associates, and a plant and production manager. Together, this team tackles an array of topics covering our processes and how to improve and address any issues within them – from the company’s top to bottom.
When assembling the team, we didn’t exclusively reserve it to high-seniority positions. We wanted the P.I.T Crew to be as diversely robust as our company. By coalescing new associates with veterans of the company, the team possesses the capability of bringing something fresh to older processes.
The team meets once a month and addresses topics that are brought forward typically from a sales or production standpoint. Additionally, depending on the topic, other relevant team members will join the meeting to share their ideas.
One recent process addressed by the team is shipping and receiving. Through their deliberation, they looked at product protection and identification. They focused on how product can ship out and consistently arrive undamaged. This rendered a change in our containers.
Also during this review, the team unearthed a previously overlooked opportunity from a shipping standpoint – a chance to better market the company. The meeting resulted in new labeling on containers, along with an added logo etching on our products. Executing new marketing endeavors is vital for a company, as stale marketing efforts can leave a business behind. A poll from the National Small Business Association found that only 46 percent of respondents planned new advertising and marketing strategies last year.
To constantly address issues and processes from new angles, the P.I.T Crew will rotate team members year after year. This will also better provide everyone within the company a voice. Fresh eyes create a fresh company.
Many businesses may find themselves too quickly holding onto processes and solutions that generate even a modicum of success. They get caught in a vapid cycle while younger or new employees may sit on the sidelines with unheard ideas. Through the P.I.T Crew, we’ve taken notice of team members – of all ages and stations — bringing forth great ideas. Having the team puts value on all our employees.
P.I.T Crew is something we’ll continue as a company into the future as it better positions us to acquire new customers and recurring customers. We’ll never want to be a stagnant company. There’s always room for improvement and bigger successes.
At a minimum our expectation is that our Industrial Precision Carbide parts will Outlast & Outperform our competitors.
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To extend the life of your tooling and improve the quality of your product, you need precision wear parts built to withstand the rigors of your metal stamping application. At Endurance Carbide, we manufacture all of our punches from tungsten carbide.
Carbide punches have a surprisingly long lifespan.
Compared to steel, tungsten carbide lasts for a greater span of time. As a result, carbide punches need to be replaced less frequently than their steel counterparts. So while steel might seem like the most cost-effective choice, the need for constant replacements offsets any upfront savings and makes them the more expensive choice in the long run.
Carbide punches boost productivity.
Every time a replacement is needed, not only do your maintenance costs go up, but productivity takes a serious hit. In order to improve productivity – which equates to increased profits – you need reliable wear parts that can hold up to the demands of your precision machinery.
That’s where tungsten carbide punches come in. Because of their rigidity and unparalleled strength, wear parts made from carbide have a long lifespan, effectively minimizing downtime, and as a result, the time spent servicing your equipment.
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - March 6, 2019 -- Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) has announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors, including Patrick Curry of Fullerton Tool/Endurance Carbide, Peter Hungerford of ADAC Automotive and Tim Reedy of Lear Corporation.
Patrick gives back to the manufacturing industry and local community through his service on a variety of Boards and Committees, including the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), Great Lakes Bay Manufacturing Association and Saginaw Future. In the past, Patrick Curry was named Michigan Manufacturer of the Year in 2014 by the MMA and received the Michigan Economic Bright Spot award from Corp! Magazine.
Based in Saginaw, MI, Endurance Carbide proudly produces quality, long-lasting carbide tools for all of your milling applications. We offer dies made from both solid tungsten carbide and carbide tungsten inserted into steel casings for durable use when you’re hard at work.
1. Long-Lasting Strength and Durability
Tungsten carbide is known for its superior strength. Whether you’re in the market for extrusion dies, stamping dies or shaving dies, the tungsten carbide construction helps our industrial dies last longer without damage or deterioration. Our tungsten carbide dies are also produced to meet industry standards, so you can rely on their efficiency and durability for years to come.
2. Save Money over Time
Though tungsten carbide wear parts tend to have higher upfront costs than steel parts, they also tend to last longer. By investing in tungsten carbide dies, you won’t have to spend the time and money to continuously replace your dies.
3. Increased Productivity on the Jobsite
Where replacement wear parts can cost more in the long run, and often require more maintenance and repairs, tungsten carbide dies help to reduce downtime and enhance productivity. Instead of continuously replacing wear parts when your machines could be running, opt for the durability and longevity of tungsten carbide dies.
4. Made in Michigan to Fit Your Specifications
We produce all of our industrial wear products right here in Saginaw County, Michigan, serving customers across the U.S. and Canada. Our technicians are dedicated to manufacturing not only quality, reliable tungsten carbide dies, but parts that live up to your high standards and specifications.
We really do love hearing this from our customers!
I am writing today simply to thank you for all you and your team do for us. Not only has the quality of the work you do been truly top notch, but your service is impeccable.
Every member of your team I have had the pleasure of working with has been polite, knowledgeable, and willing to do all they can to help us.
Thank you once again for the great job you do. We look forward to working with you at every opportunity.
Ray Lamitola, Owner
Distribution & Calibration Services
22 Woodcrest Ln Lancaster, NH 03584
Gary Brown, our Operations Manager, talks about our growth and how we are looking for new people. We rely on Saginaw County for our talent!
MASTER GAGE & TOOL CO. has been a distributor for Endurance Carbide/ M. Curry Corp. for over (20) twenty years.
We have found their produced products to be of the highest quality, and their service and support to be exemplary. Endurance Carbide is always available to respond to their customer needs whether standard our special.
We recently had a situation whereby the Plant Manager of one of our customers, (and also a Fortune 100 Corporation), called me at 9:00 pm on Thursday evening. He was requesting expedited delivery on a recently placed order for carbide staking tools to avoid shutting down their major automotive customer’s production.
After speaking with my customer, I was able to reach Gary Browne, Plant Manager of Endurance. Within 1 ½ hours that night, we had a plan in place to meet the customer’s needs. Endurance Carbide implemented overtime and other work-schedule adjustments to ship a partial shipment of these carbide staking tools the next day for Saturday delivery. They also worked through the weekend to ship the balance on Monday to our customer.
It should also be noted that after this issue had been resolved, management at Endurance Carbide utilized provided customer sample parts and website videos to educate their employees on the end user’s application of Endurance Carbide product.
This is just one (1) example of the strong and sincere commitment by Endurance Carbide to quality customer service and continued innovative means for meeting the needs of customers.
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