Design for manufacturing and assembly

DFMA Saves Money and Reduces Downstream Costs

Even as US manufacturing continues to be the global leader for goods produced ($2.3 trillion in 2018), high operating costs threaten that leadership position. To be competitive, it is imperative that manufacturers reduce costs and increase efficiency in their operations. Many companies implement processes such as Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, 5s, and/or Kaizen to increase…

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Estes Philosophy: Continuous Improvement

Estes Philosophy: Continuous Improvement Over the past several months, we’ve shared three pillars of our philosophy, innovative thinking, people of high character and state-of-the-art technology. As a reminder, our philosophy at Estes Design and Manufacturing is to profitably produce fabricated metal products with a level of service and quality preferred by the customer. The fourth…

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Estes Invests in the Latest Lean Technology to Serve our Customers More Effectively

Estes Design and Manufacturing believes in providing the best service and quality for our customers. In response to market needs, we have recently added to our robust list of equipment by purchasing a Salvagnini P2lean, which is Salvagnini’s most versatile and productive model of panel bender. The features of the P2lean enable us to run…

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3D Lasers: Established, Trusted, Efficient – Part 1

By utilizing 3D-laser welding capabilities in the sheet metal fabricating industry, Estes Design and Manufacturing is able to weld products that require minimal post-weld grinding or finishing, resulting in labor and material cost savings for its clients. 3D-laser welding uses concentrated light energy to fuse metal parts into a very precise joint that is strong…

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Estes Express Prototyping Provides a Competitive Advantage to Customers

At Estes Design and Manufacturing, we create a competitive advantage for our customers through innovative design, cost savings and speed. One reason we are able to deliver this competitive advantage is through Estes Express Prototyping and its dedicated employees. Rapid prototyping work for Estes continues to grow. In fact, Estes Express Prototyping had a record…

Lean Manufacturing Tools: Identifying the Six Big Losses

At Estes, we are focused on continuous improvement and lean initiatives.  Lean initiatives opt to improve production, quality, and lead-time of operations in hopes of improving overall manufacturing.  The end goal is to provide the highest quality product while continuing to meet demand and reducing waste in the process.  Several lean tools are available to…