Pentaflex Inc. Leadership Team Member Interview: Jim Zerkle

With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, one of the key components that sets Pentaflex Inc. apart from the rest is our people. Today, we would like to introduce you to Jim Zerkle, Vice President of Operations at Pentaflex Inc. We sat down with Jim and asked him a few questions about his role at Pentaflex, what leadership means to him, and where he sees manufacturing going in the years to come.

 

Q: As VP of Operations at Pentaflex Inc., what are your primary focuses?

A: My primary focus is to create a culture around effort and accuracy. These 2 items alone will drive OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) and throughput along with the already established safety culture.

 

Q: What first interested you about a career in manufacturing?

A: I feel that manufacturing offers so many opportunities in different areas including quality, operations and program management that guarantee you the chance to excel and learn the different processes that are needed to make products that are used every day.

 

Q: How long have you been a part of the Pentaflex Inc. team?

A: I joined the Pentaflex team in June of 2015.

 

Q: How long have you been in the manufacturing industry?

A: I started my manufacturing career in 1994 after doing a tour in our military.

 

Q: What is one piece of technology in the metalforming industry that excites you for the future?

A: The ability to be able to do quick die change overs in the press with heavy gage material dies to support higher throughput.

 

Q: What do you believe sets Pentaflex Inc. apart from the competition?

A: As a privately owned business, we are able to offer a higher respect and value for our individual employees. This allows us to give precedence to a healthy home life and work balance.

 

Q: What is the best piece of advice you ever received about leading a team?

A: Creating a culture that people want to be a part of. Also, don’t make a permanent decision based on a temporary situation.

 

Q: What would you say to a student who is interested in a career in manufacturing?

A: To ensure that they encompass all facets of manufacturing that is available to them. Learn to include the processing of the parts and also the different materials used including steel and plastics.

 

Q: How do you see your industry shifting in the coming years due to the implications of 2020 events?

A: Our industry is cyclical in nature, and I believe the industry will have a strong recovery as we journey through the current issues of 2020. I would like to see more of the next generation to consider the many opportunities that manufacturing has to offer in forms of a long lasting career.

 

Interested in getting to know the rest of the Pentaflex team? Give us a call to discuss your next project.

A New Chapter for Pentaflex, Inc.

The entire Pentaflex team is excited to announce that as of October 1, 2020, Ross McGregor will be succeeding David Arndt as President.

Leaving a Legacy

Mr. Arndt has served Pentaflex well since 2012, and will be moving onto a new chapter in his retirement. With over fifty-two years in the metal forming industry, we are thankful for his guidance and leadership over the past eight years. During his career, Mr. Arndt served as the Chairman of the Precision Metal forming Association (PMA) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Heavy Duty Manufactures Association (HDMA). 

“Having announced my retirement, I am happy to support the management change installing Ross McGregor, son of the Pentaflex founder, to the President position.”  Mr. Arndt said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve Pentaflex, our shareholders, and customers for the past 8 years.”

A New Chapter

Over the past thirty three years, Ross McGregor has worked in a variety of management positions at Pentaflex including purchasing, sales and production management. His most recent position at Pentaflex was as Vice President of Operations.  

He also serves as a member of the Company’ Board of Directors. In addition to his duties at Pentaflex, McGregor is active in numerous state and local organizations, charities and initiatives.

Mr. McGregor was also a State legislator in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms before being term limited. 

Mr. McGregor stated, “I am excited to be named the next President of Pentaflex, Inc. and want to thank the Board for the confidence they have placed in me to lead the company.”

Additionally McGregor states, “The entire Pentaflex family would like to thank Dave for his capable leadership of the company over these past eight years.  Dave has represented Pentaflex exceptionally well with our customers, suppliers and our Industry.”

Vision for the Future

We sat down with Mr. McGregor and asked a few questions about his plans for Pentaflex as we move into a new era.

Q: What are you most excited about for Pentaflex’s future in 2021 and beyond?

As we adjust to the “new normal” as dictated by the pandemic, I am looking forward to leading our dynamic team of people as we continue to provide exceptional service to our long standing customers and pursue exciting new opportunities for our company. While the heavy truck market continues to be our primary industry, we are excited to branch out into emerging markets such as electric vehicles and solar power generation as new industries to serve.

Q: What do you believe are the most important qualities in a leader in the modern world?

I believe the qualities of good leadership are timeless. In my mind an effective leader needs to be present in time and place, while also being aware of their surrounding and future environments.  An effective leader should have a complete stock of their personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their team, and utilize those strengths accordingly.  An effective leader needs to listen more than talk, but be decisive when called upon.

Q: How do you see manufacturing in the US shifting in the current economic climate?

I believe that automation will continue to play a greater role in manufacturing as the challenge to find dedicated employees continues.  Continuing education and training throughout the organization will be essential to compete in the modern industrial world.

As always, Pentaflex will continue to be a reliable partner for our customers, or employees, and our community. If you would like to contact Pentaflex about your next project, please call us at 937-325-5551.

How to Lead Well in a Time of Uncertainty

It is probably safe to say that the last nine months have not been even remotely what we all expected for 2020. With an influx of information, conversations, and questions, it can seem near impossible to lead your team well through the turbulence that this year has been.

At Pentaflex, we understand that a strong company comes from the people within that company that move us forward each and every day to a better tomorrow. While we are far from perfect, our team practices as many recommended management styles to help lead our team through the normal days, and the unpredictable days as well. Here are three ways to manage your team well through a time of uncertainty.

Manage Your Own Stress Levels

There is an old parable about a man who notices that his friend has a splinter in his eye. He yells out to the friend, “Do you know you have a splinter in your eye?” and he tries to help him get it out. However, the man was so focused on the splinter in his friend’s eye that he failed to notice the stick in his own eye. This made it impossible for him to help his friend with the splinter until he first dealt with the stick in his own eye.

Managing in any season of life, but particularly during an extremely difficult period of time like 2020, can end up feeling a lot like the parable.

Leaders can be so focused on checking in on their team, making sure everyone is on task, and helping others, that they let their own personal and professional lives fall to the wayside.

On one end, this can be seen as an extremely admirable trait for a leader to possess: they are so focused on the team they are managing that they are willing to sacrifice their own needs.

But, this is not sustainable. We are all human, and eventually, even the most amazing leader must address the stick in their own eye, or they will not be able to help their team member with the splinter.

So, leaders: this is your wakeup call. Take five minutes and check your own eye for a stick. Ask yourself these questions, and then act on the answers:

  • Is there turbulence at home because you have been focusing too much on your job and have neglected a healthy work-life balance?
    • What is one thing you can do to start to even out the scales again?
  • Are you delegating to your team, or are you hoarding tasks that they are more than capable to accomplish?
    • What is one item on your list that you can give to a team member today?
  • Have you had any water today?
    • This last one might seem so simple, but can have a huge impact. You have to take the time to give yourself a break. Drinking plenty of water, eating lunch, and looking away from your screen for just five minutes each hour are very little ways that you can impact your overall health for the better.

Increase Communication Opportunities

Communication for a lot of teams in 2020 has shifted dramatically. You might find yourself emailing, video chatting, texting, or talking on the phone more than you ever thought possible. You might also find yourself extremely worn out from the daily asks from your team: “When will we be going back to the office?” “Are we bringing any team members back soon?” and “What will next year look like?” are all questions that almost every company has been asking in the last few months.

While it is not possible (or recommended) to bring every single team member into each conversation about the future plans for the company, creating a regularly scheduled update for team members is a great way to create a consistent opportunity for communication.

Try implementing a weekly email, text, or 15 minute huddle with your team each week updating them on the state of the company. Even if there is nothing to report, it is better for them to hear from you regularly than to be left hanging. This regularly scheduled time will also hopefully decrease the chances of you being blindsided in the hallway or over the phone with one of those big questions that you don’t know how to answer on the spot.

Before the meeting, give team members an opportunity to send in any questions or thoughts they might have beforehand so that you can read them over and be prepared to speak directly to your team’s concerns.

If you’re worried about forgetting to send out that email every Friday, try writing the email on Wednesday or Thursday, and then just schedule in advance to go out to the team on Friday morning.

By giving the opportunity for conversation, you will build up trust with your team, increase communication, and create more opportunities for problem solving and innovation.

Balance Pessimism and Optimism

This last recommendation will look different for each leader and their respective personalities. If you’ve been in the game awhile, you have probably experienced each of these types of managers:

  • The manager that only focuses on the positive opportunities and likes to keep things airy and cheerful OR
  • The manager that only focuses on the negative consequences and likes to always point out flaws or issues in the system.

During any time, but particularly in a time of uncertainty, it is paramount that you learn to balance your pessimistic and optimistic thinking patterns. As a manager, it is your responsibility to be as realistic with expectations and relaying information as possible.

Human beings have the amazing ability to recognize a fraud from a mile away. So, if you try to spin information to be unrealistically optimistic, your team will know you are hiding something. On the other hand, if you only focus on the negative aspects of news, over time, your team will start to ignore the information, since they know they will only walk away from the conversation feeling defeated.

If you know you have the tendency to spin information either too positive or negative, try asking a fellow coworker to help you think through an announcement or team update before you share it with the team. Try to find a coworker who thinks opposite of you, so that you can help to balance each other out. For example, if you tend to lean to the glass half empty, try to find someone who regularly thinks the glass is half full.

At the end of the day, your goal should be to share information as straightforward as possible with your team. You can still be encouraging and uplifting, but be sure that it does not cloud the facts that you are trying to convey to your team.

While we are all experiencing an unprecedented time in 2020, we will get through this together if we learn to manage our stress, keep up communication, and keep a level head with ourselves and our team.

If you would like to speak more in-depth about the management styles practiced at Pentaflex that set our team up for success, contact us today.

Four Resources for Agriculture in 2020 and Beyond

Four Resources for Agriculture in 2020 and Beyond

It is no secret that the events of 2020 have drastically impacted every single industry – and agriculture is no exception. As companies and individuals have moved past the initial shock of changes, moving forward, it is important to still take advantage of various opportunities to connect with others in your industry and beyond. 

And since more than half of the agriculture operations in the U.S. are represented by small to medium-sized farms, it is essential that the agricultural community band together to learn, grow, and make it through these tough times.

Below, we have compiled four key resources for agricultural professionals to strengthen their Professional Relationships, Technology Education, Creativity, and Supply Chain.

Virtual Farm Science Review – Strengthening Your Professional Relationships

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https://fsr.osu.edu/

For almost 60 years, the annual Farm Science Review has brought together nearly 100,000 individuals from every facet of the agriculture industry. While this will be the first time in the event’s history that it will be held online, we are confident that the presentations and conversations will still be fruitful for the attendees. 

This free virtual event will take place from September 22 – 24 and will highlight industry expert interviews, COVID-19 safety protocol presentations, budding technology presentations, and more. 

The review is still being planned at this point, but attendees can check back to their website often to see the building lineup of educational opportunities.

You can learn more about virtually attending the review here.

Follow them on Facebook here.

 

Agriculture Technology Podcast – Strengthening Your Technology Education

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https://www.rdoequipment.com/more/resources/podcasts

The Agriculture Technology Podcast is hosted by Tony Kramer with RDO Equipment. On this podcast, Tony regularly discusses technological advancements in the agriculture industry along with interviewing key thought leaders throughout different segments of the industry as well. Some topics of the podcast include advances in combine technology, various terrain advantages, irrigation, and more.

You can listen to the podcast on PodBean here.

You can watch and listen to the podcasts on YouTube here.

 

Millennial Farmer – Strengthening Your Creativity 

https://www.youtube.com/c/MNMillennialFarmer/featured

Zach Johnson is a 5th generation farmer from Minnesota. On his channel, he focuses on agriculture education for current farmers and the next generation, sharing what he has learned over the years, and exploring other farmers’ operations. This channel is a great resource for students that are interested in seeing more about the day-to-day operations of a small to mid-sized farmer in the U.S., or for other farmers who are interested in broadening their education and learning from their peers.

You can visit the Millennial Farmer’s website here.

You can visit the Millennial Farmer’s YouTube channel here.

 

Pentaflex, Inc. – Strengthening Your Supply Chain

http://pentaflex.com/

One of the most impactful results of the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing to light the fragility of many U.S. supply chains. Whether your organization was sourcing from other countries or from only one organization that unfortunately had to temporarily or permanently close their doors, many buyers are scrambling to find reliable and resourceful manufacturers to get them through these times. 

At Pentaflex, we have the flexibility, knowledge, and problem solving abilities to take on a wide range of metal component fabrication for the agricultural industry’s equipment needs. With our design for manufacturing and prototyping services, you can put your confidence in the Pentaflex team to work through any problem and find the best solution for your metal stamping components. 

If you are looking for reliability, contact us today to start the conversation.

A Statement from Pentaflex Inc. Regarding Covid-19

To our Team, Customers, and Community:

The Pentaflex Leadership team would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and collaboration as we do everything we can to safely and effectively keep our manufacturing floor operational during this time. Below, we will share what we are doing as a response, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly

What We Are Doing for Our Team

While we still have work to complete for our customers, we will be giving our employees the opportunity to come to our facility to work while maintaining the safety protocol put in place by our state government.

For any of our employees who have experienced a shift in their home life due to the situation (for example, child care), we have set up internal relief options for these employees to receive the support they need while having the ability to be present for their loved ones.

All of our employees know that we understand this is a situation that is changing rapidly, and if they have any questions or concerns, the leadership team is available to them to find solutions and answer their questions. 

We also have informed our employees about state and federal relief programs available to them depending on their needs.

What We Are Doing for Our Customers

As a manufacturer, we will continue to perform essential production for our customers for as long as we are safely allowed to do so.

We recognize that our customers’ needs are changing daily, and we are ready to react as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Our sales team is also available to converse with anyone who has currently experienced an upset in their supply chain. If your company cannot acquire the parts you need due to another manufacturer’s temporary closure, we have the resources and the experience to perform short runs for you in this time so that you can continue production.

Community Resources

For anyone in the Springfield or Clark County area in need of assistance, here are a few local organizations that can offer support and education during this time:

Next Steps

Please regularly check our social media channels along with our website for updates as this situation continues to develop. 

How to Plan for 2020

It’s that time of year that everyone dreads. On top of your normal work and the holidays, it is time to finalize your planning for the next year. If you and your team are like most other teams, you have a lot of great ideas for the upcoming year, but you are struggling to organize them or even what all you should cover in your planning sessions.

We have compiled three lists of relevant questions that you can utilize with your team to make sure that 2020 is your best year yet. The three areas we cover are Reviewing 2019, Reviewing Customer Care, and Reviewing Your Leads Process.

List #1: Review 2019

In Review 2019, you will have the opportunity to gather meaningful information from every single one of your teammates. We recommend sending this to each and every name on your payroll either in an email or a Google Form. A Google Form will make sure that the information is secure and organized. If you’re not sure how to get started with that, check out this guide. 

The information you learn from your team in Review 2019 will help you recognize the accomplishments of your team along with getting ahead of any red flags.

List #2: Review Customer Care

In Review Customer Care, you will be able to quantify how well your customer service is doing. Much like the first list, you will be able to pinpoint if there are any glaring communication issues while you will also be able to reward your team’s successes. 

Since our customers are one of our top priorities, we take listening to and solving your problems very seriously. By knowing your response times, you can ensure you, your team, and your customers value a timely response.

List #3: Review Leads Process

If you happen to partner with a marketing agency, it might be worth asking to schedule some consultation time on this one so that they can help you better understand your various channels. The most successful leads processes will be ones created in partnership with your marketing team and your sales team. 

This will help you realize which channels are the most effective, which ones could use some improvement, and which ones you should still have a presence in, but will not necessarily every be huge lead sources.

This list of questions will also help you realize if you are missing out on any channels or opportunities.

Happy Planning!

We have included the lists below for you to read through and utilize with your team. If you would like to hear about how Pentaflex is preparing for 2020, please contact us through our form or call us at 937-325-5551.

Review 2019

  • Send out a questionnaire to the entire team asking for feedback
    • What went well this year?
    • What could have gone better?
    • What is the number one area that you believe needs improvement in 2020? What are your ideas for that improvement?
    • What is one experience where you believe we ‘wowed’ our customers this year?
    • What is one skill you improved on in 2019 that you believe had a direct benefit on the company?
    • What is one skill you would like to improve in 2020 and why?

Review Customer Care

  • Find out on average how long it took your team to respond to a customer correspondence (either by phone or email)
  • Find out on average how long it took your team to resolve a customer issue (either by phone or email)
  • Are these averages that you believe can be improved?
    • Set goals for 2020

Review Leads Process

  • What channel was the most successful at garnering new leads this year?
    • Social media, website, referral, email campaign, cold calling, trade shows, etc.
    • How can you capitalize on this channel in 2020?
    • Are there any characteristics of the most successful channel that you can also try using in other less successful channels?
  • What channels did you not fully take advantage of this year?
    • What are two new channels that you will try to use in 2020?
  • How successful was your CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) system this year?
    • When was the last time you cleaned your contact list?
    • Are you using this list to send worthwhile information to your customers throughout the year about special promotions and when it is time to reorder?

But What Does it Mean for Me? China & Tariffs

If you have left your house or used the internet in the last 18 months, then you are at least aware of the trade war between the United States and China. We are also guessing you have probably also heard a lot of opinions, and possibly very little facts. 

At Pentaflex, we understand that being aware of today’s economic climate will assist us in continually improving for our employees, our community, and our customers. While we might not have all the answers to the current situation, we want to ensure that you always have the information you need to make an educated decision for your organization and your customers.

Here are the facts about the last year and a half for this economic situation…

  • In July of 2018, the US imposed a 25% tariff on various goods entering the country from China. 
  • Since then, there have been three other installations of tariffs on Chinese products.
  • In response, the Chinese government has placed their own tariffs on American goods ranging in percentages.
  • In December of 2018, both countries agreed to meet and discuss finding a solution to the trade disagreements. Any raises in tariffs were paused during this time.
  • In May, the United States installed a 25% increase on about 200 billion of Chinese goods.
  • China responded in June with a 25% increase on about 60 billion of US goods.
  • As of late August, Mr. Trump has proposed new plans that would increase the current taxation on Chinese goods from 25% to 30%.
  • China has responded by saying they will retaliate if these proposals do in fact go into effect in September and December.

Is there an End in Sight?

According to Mr. Trump’s statements at the G7 Summit in France, the only way these disagreements with China will end is if Beijing is willing to bend to his requests. Both sides have continued to go back and forth on their statements throughout the following weeks. But, it appears as though both sides are preferring an end to this trade war soon. 

What does this mean for manufacturing?

While the beginning of these taxations began with a small amount of goods, as of this past May, almost all imports from China are on the list. Depending on negotiations in the next month, that list could include even more. 

These continued tariffs could encourage manufacturers to source either from a different country or from the US. However, there would inevitably be a lull in the acquisition of said goods while teams reroute their supply chains. 

What can you do?

The best step you can take for your customers and your company moving forward is to stay up-to-date with the changes. In today’s world of manufacturing, the survivors are the adapters. The second step is to keep an open dialogue between your suppliers and your customers with changing goods availability and pricing. Be sure everyone is on the same page, and do not make hasty decisions based off one statement you hear or read. 

We are here to help

Our team monitors the global trade situation regularly to minimize the potential impacts to our customers due to increased raw material costs. Would you like to speak to a Pentaflex representative about how we are keeping our customers our top priority?   Give us a call at 937-325-5551.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48196495

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/25/kudlow-does-not-expect-china-to-retaliate-against-trumps-latest-tariffs.html

https://www.ecomcrew.com/trumps-china-tariffs/

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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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

At Pentaflex, we consider it a top priority to be at the forefront of all industry shifts for the sake of our clients, our team, our community, and our industry. In this post, we will explain Industry 4.0, the influence on manufacturing, and what you can do to stay at the top of your game.

A Little History Lesson

Industry 4.0 is the Fourth (but not the last) Industrial Revolution. The first revolution was the introduction of steam and water into the manufacturing world. Next came electricity and assembly lines. These first two industrial revolutions did in fact change history as we know it. But both of these revolutions also took a considerable amount of time for everyone to grasp and implement fully into their processes. That is why you will see almost one hundred years between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd revolutions.

Industry timeline

We saw Industry 3.0 hit center stage at the tail end of the 60’s. This is where computers start to impact machinery and processes in everyday manufacturing. Manufacturers saw the benefit and continued to improve the software. This resulted in speeding up assemblies, cutting back on overall costs, and creating a safer working environment for manufacturing teams.

One of the biggest positive consequences of the third revolution was speed. Everything could be done faster. This also meant we found problems faster, fixed them faster, and improved them faster. Because of this, we saw the fourth revolution hit almost half as fast as its predecessors.  

What is Industry 4.0?

As we move into 2019, we are now rapidly seeing the full adaptation of Industry 4.0 – only 50 years after the third industrial revolution. Essentially, this revolution is the more advanced & sophisticated version of 3.0. This revolution we are seeing computers have the ability to receive more data, interpret said data, implement their findings into their current processes, and then share that data with other computers. Regular terms for this time include cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and cognitive computing1. We will discuss all these topics and more in later blog posts.

The modern world originally coined the term “Industry 4.0” back in 2015, but has been in regular use since early 2018. This is by far the most exciting adaptation to manufacturing for companies and consumers alike – and is also the fastest.

How ‘Smart’ Are You?

In the coming months and years, we will gradually see the demand for ‘smart’ facilities increase. Supply chains will continually search for the most advanced and fullproof systems.

What will really set apart manufacturing teams will be the ones that have learned to harvest the data, interpret, and improve their processes for the betterment of their teams, their customers, and the end-users.

What Can You Do?

The first step we recommend is learning more about Industry 4.0 and how it will directly influence your industry. Learn which components the team is already modifying in your processes and which ones are being overlooked. By staying up to date on where your industry is at, you ensure that you are always at the top of the conversation and ready to contribute to the next big shift.

We have linked a few sources at the bottom of this blog post to continue your education.

The second step is to ask the leadership in your company how they are embracing this new shift in manufacturing. How is the team preparing to update systems, streamline processes, and keep customers in the loop about these progressive changes?

Be sure to ask more than once as plans and processes will continually improve as the technology does. Ask if there are ways for you to get involved and to help further the implementations along.

The third step is to contact your current manufacturers in your supply chain. Ask them what they are doing to embrace the fourth Industrial Revolution. Every organization should be able to give you a straightforward, honest and excited answer.

Have You Called Pentaflex?

Our team is ready and excited to discuss these changes to our industry for our customers and our team. Give us a call at 937-325-5551, fill out our short contact form, or email us at sales@pentaflex.com to hear how we are staying at the cutting edge for you.

 

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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/is-your-business-model-fit-for-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/

https://www.oliverwyman.com/our-expertise/insights/2018/feb/agriculture-4-0–the-future-of-farming-technology.html

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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.

 

 

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