EQUIPMENT ADDITION 2018
Starting in June Ultra Tool & Manufacturing will be entering a new era in metal forming with the installation of a NEW Minster Servo FX2-300. This servo press features programmable stroke control for maximum manufacturing flexibility.
Minster’s FX2 Servo features unique liquid cooling technology leading to a longer motor life and less heat transfer to the press for a more stable production environment. The durability and flexibility of a Minster Servo Press are unmatched and will allow us to continuously improve our manufacturing capabilities as customers specifications are ever changing and increasing in complexity.
Tonnage: 330 (US Tons)
Bed Size: 48″ x 96″
Max Thickness: .250″
Max SPM: 51
Max Width: 30″
EQUIPMENT ADDITION 2017
We are excited to announce a new addition on the plant floor…the FEELER FV-2214 Double Column Bridge Mill. We wanted to expand our manufacturing abilities and the unsurpassed performance and value of a FEELER machine along with their rigorous quality control made it an easy decision. “The main structural component of our FEELER mills are manufactured from heavily ribbed cast iron to ensure excellent finishes in large, complex parts” according to their product manager, Paul Hurtig.
With this new bridge mill we can now machine bigger components and larger die-sets in-house versus having them machined on the outside. This gives us better control of the quality and eliminates rework because critical information no longer needs to be communicated back and with forth with an outside machinist.
MANUFACTURING DAY 2017
On October 6th we welcomed local high school students to our facility for National Manufacturing Day. We presented information on the skills and qualities required for a variety of jobs at Ultra. An interactive tour of the plant followed with stops in Tool & Die, Metal Stamping, Value-Added, Fabrication and Design. Technical college representatives and Ultra apprentices were available at the end of the tour to discuss educational and career options with the students.
IMPLEMENTING EOS IN 2016
Ultra Tool has adopted a new company-wide management system known as Entrepreneurial Operating System, or EOS. EOS simplifies and systemizes how to run a business by focusing efforts on six key components: Vision, People, Processes, Data, Issues and Traction.In mid-2016, Ultra Tool’s Leadership Team was looking for a way to generate the next wave of growth. Around the same time, Terry Hansen, President, was introduced to the book Traction by Gino Wickman about EOS – a practical method for strengthening a business.
After sharing the book and EOS model with the Leadership team, a decision was made to implement EOS at Ultra Tool.The most impactful EOS tool thus far has been the Accountability Chart, which restructured the organization by accountability and responsibility. This has resulted in a constructive change in our Sales and Marketing efforts and the creation of an Engineering Department. One especially exciting outcome is a renewed focus of our new part introduction process to improve on-time delivery and reduce cost.
The ultimate goal behind EOS is to improve the performance of the company door to door, resulting in traction toward our vision. “It’s been an exciting journey,” said Hansen. “There’s a real sense of where we are going and how we are going to get there.”
While there is no end to the continuous improvement journey for Ultra, EOS is the next step in our pursuit of excellence.