How Do you Stand Out?

At Pentaflex, we regularly ask ourselves what makes us stand out from other manufacturers. In a competitive and ever-changing world, it is of the utmost importance to have regular reflection and improvement. Below, we have outlined five different key areas that we believe keep our team and our products at the top of our game. We hope that by sharing these areas with you, it will encourage and motivate your team to reflect and improve where necessary.

Value Your Employees

One of the key components to success in the Pentaflex culture is our cultivation of our team’s growth over time. We believe all humans have the need to grow, learn, and change in their careers. When a new associate joins our team, they sometimes have very limited experience with our industry. Our seasoned team members take the time to share the necessary skills and expertise with newer members to cultivate a culture of learning.

We have also found implementing and maintaining a formal structure of increased compensation in tandem with demonstration of increased knowledge and skills is just one way to show our employees we value and appreciate their desire to work and learn with Pentaflex.

This system also aids in our conversation with employees about the importance of their jobs. Unfortunately, sometimes the world’s view of manufacturing can be somewhat skewed. What we are constantly trying to share with our clients, our community, and our team is that the world of manufacturing is an industry where every little step matters.

Walk the Talk

Pentaflex is a family owned business where we recognize and encourage that our greatest asset is our employees. Just one of the ways we “walk the talk” is through open communication. This is why we our team participates in weekly meetings with the entire company. These meetings allow us to share our successes and our challenges with the entire team and engage in problem solving and discussion.

Because of our industry, safety is our first concern every day at Pentaflex. We have a cross functional safety committee that meets monthly to review any potential safety concerns and to immediately review any accident that might occur.

We also have several Six Sigma Black belts on staff. Quality and process issues and improvements are conducted utilizing the six sigma approach and involves a cross functional team for each event.

Always Be Learning

We recently had a situation where a part had to be removed from a press without damaging the edge of the part. We had engaged the services of an outside vendor who quoted us an expensive piece of equipment to perform this task. Our maintenance department looked at the issues and developed a system that was built in house at less than a tenth of the cost of what was quoted to us.

Through creative problem solving like this, we are always able to deliver the highest quality products for our customers.

Invest in Your Community

Pentaflex believes there is a great need for businesses to invest and give back to their local community. For example, several members of our team volunteer for organizations such as the YMCA, Leadership Clark County, The Springfield Museum of Art and the Springfield Rotary Club.

Pentaflex has a long history of supporting civic endeavors to better our community for our employees and their families. Additionally, Pentaflex works closely with the Clark County Reentry coalition to help returning citizens find meaningful employment opportunities.

Show Why You Are Always the Best Choice

Our unique capabilities combined with our deep knowledge and years of experience draw our best customers. Many times we will take on a job that we did not initially win, but rather our customers realize the importance of the right investment for their products and their customers.

Connect with Similar Values

Would you like to talk more about the culture, leadership, and learning at Pentaflex? Give us a call at 937-325-2620 or submit this short form.

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Our Dedication to You

Next to the safety of our employees, our high standard of quality is the most important component of our business. We understand that when you receive a product from us, consistency in your product and service ensures not only a seamless experience for you, but for your customers as well.

At Pentaflex, we see the big picture. We understand that our products must be of the highest quality to ensure they run smoothly and add to the perfection of your products and service for your customers.

This is why we take our IATF 16949 certification extremely seriously. This certification is an industry standard certification that ensures the quality and consistency of our products and services to you. Here are the four key reasons we acquired our IATF 16949 Certification:

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Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

We understand the value of having machinists you can count on – no matter what. Our goal is through a detailed and thoughtful process, you will trust us with all your metal stamping needs.

Encouraged Analysis

A process can and should always be evaluated and improved upon. We have made it a point to work this evaluation into every step of our processes. This includes everything from the first meeting with our customers to your finished product leaving our production floor. If you happen to see an area in one of our processes that you think could use some analysis, please contact us.

Continual Improvement

Because of our constant evaluations, we are able to quickly and efficiently pinpoint gaps in our service or machinery. For example, we recently installed a new state of the art Dallas Servo Feedline.

Confidence & Consistency

Through the first three steps, we ensure you will always receive a consistent and high quality product from your team at Pentaflex.

Let’s Talk

Are you ready to work with a team that will always put you first, and has the certification to back it up? Give us a call at 937-325-5551, fill out our prompt Contact Us form, or request a quote on your metal stamping project today.

 

 

Learn more about IATF 16949

https://16949store.com/iatf-16949-standards/what-is-ts-16949/

https://16949store.com/demos/Eligibility/index.html

https://16949store.com/iatf-16949-requirements/section-10-improving-the-quality-management-system/continual-improvement/

https://16949store.com/iatf-16949-requirements/what-is-iatf-16949-quality-management-system/

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Changing NOx Requirements

Reducing harmful emissions from engine exhaust has been a goal for years, with new designs and energy sources constantly being introduced to combat pollution. Recently, numerous government agencies petitioned the EPA for stricter regulations surrounding nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emissions.

Specifically, the EPA regulations would target heavy duty on-road trucks, buses, and other similar vehicles. The last such NOx standard revision was put in place in the year 2010, and limited NOx emissions  for truck engines  to 0.2 grams per brake horsepower-hour. The next set of revised regulations would be implemented in 2024. The California Air Rescue Board wants to see the NOx limits reduced to 0.02, which would be a 90% reduction.

But lowering certain emissions is easier said than done – especially since NOx is just one of the pollutants that regulators seek to decrease.  Current recommendations call for lowering CO2 emissions – to create an engine that meets both of these goals is very difficult for engineers. In addition, manufacturers are tasked with boosting fuel efficiency. Running engines at a higher temperature boosts efficiency but also increases the amount of NOx that’s released, so there are a number of challenges to work around in order to meet proposed regulations.

Notably, installing selective non-catalytic reduction or selective catalytic reduction systems can limit emissions. So it is possible to produce or retrofit cleaner engines on heavy equipment, it’s just a matter of updating current systems and finding the right options for each situation. With the proposed nation-wide regulations on the way, it will be interesting to see what other developments are considered to solve this problem.

Technology Meets Efficiency: The Country’s First Automated Transmission with Spark-Ignited Natural Gas Engine

The landscape of American manufacturing is rapidly changing—in a good way. It seems almost every day there’s a new advancement in technology and a novel use for manufacturers’ innovation. We are all collectively creating an industry that is as competitive as it is impressive.

Two great areas of technology and innovation—and of major industrial advancement—are in transportation and natural gas. Vehicle makers and their suppliers are seeing more demand than in a very long time, and America’s natural gas boom is generating goinggreenemployment and making manufacturing better and less expensive.

Combine the two areas, and you’ve really got a winning combo. That’s what Eaton and Cummings Westport did, recently announcing their offering of the first automated transmission to be paired with a spark-ignited natural gas engine in North America.

The transmission features a powertrain package combining the Eaton UltraShift PLUS automated transmission with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. According to this article, the product will meet the market demand, based on “the interest in alternative fuels driving more fleets to integrate natural gas engines into their portfolio,” while offering “best-in-class” technology. More and more people are seeking natural gas paired with automated transmissions, and this product does just that.

Available mid-2014 for limited application release, the transmission offers “maximum power capacity, superior acceleration and low-speed maneuverability.” Other features include:

  • A robust power band at 1500-1800 rpm
  • Peak torque at 1200 rpm
  • Heavy-duty natural gas engine available with horsepower of 320 hp to 400 hp (239-298 kW) with 1450 lb-ft (1966 N”¢m) peak torque
  • Hill Start Aid, preventing rollbacks and reducing risk while simplifying operations
  • Intelligent shift selection software

The product serves as an excellent example of American manufacturers coming together to offer a technologically-advanced product that utilizes the benefits of natural gas, meets market demand, and offers greater efficiency.

 

The New Fuel Efficiency Standards: How They Relate to Us and Our Clients

If you’re familiar with us, you may be familiar with our mission: to meet or exceed the requirements of our employees, customers, investors, suppliers, and community through continuous improvement. Meeting and exceeding these needs always means staying on top of the latest news and changes affecting our clients and their industries, and reacting accordingly.

You may have heard that a few weeks ago President Obama announced his intentions to issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for large trucks, starting this year and with the goal of a 10-20% increase in fuel economy by 2018. According to the President, increasing these trucks’ fuel efficiency would make the U.S. more energy independent while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (which are linked to climate change) and saving American consumers money.

This current focus on large trucks, Obama explained, is because while they make up only 4% of vehicles on the road, they cover more miles and are responsible for roughly 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions. The new standards come on top of, and specifically relate to, standards already in place for 2014-2018 model years.

So how does this relate directly to us, and in turn, to our customers? One of the proposed aspects of building more fuel-efficient vehicles is through weight reduction, and this requires us to place greater emphasis on ultra high-strength steel and/or aluminum. With aluminum, this will mean changing the way vehicles are assembled, which will be a new technology we will be working on.   Right now, we will address this through emphasizing higher strength steels.

This is—and will continue to be—addressed in a number of ways. Presently, we are acquiring new servo drive presses that will allow us to make thinner gage parts and better formability with high strength steels. The new press with servo coil feeders can handle steel down to .030 inch thick, as opposed to .060 inch thick minimum in our current presses. The servo presses are also designed to result in less maintenance, and less energy use.

Additionally, many legislators are working on renewing R&D tax credits which would provide incentives for developing technologies and allow American manufacturers to be even more competitive and innovative. If continued this year, this would be another way we, and companies like us, could continue technological advancements that work toward greater fuel efficiency, among other things.

Regardless, we will continue meeting regulations, advancing our work, meeting your needs, and keeping you informed.

References:

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1090454_obama-tells-epa-to-set-next-heavy-duty-truck-fuel-efficiency-rule

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140218/AUTO01/302180032/Obama-Set-new-heavy-duty-truck-fuel-rules-by-16

http://ens-newswire.com/2014/02/18/obama-orders-higher-fuel-efficiency-stan…