Princeton Microwave Technology, Inc. (PmT) is a privately owned company that was founded in 1993. The company, which holds ISO9001-2000 registration and conforms to IPC200 soldering specifications, manufactures high quality oscillators and amplifiers for the military and telecommunications markets. Vice President, Sarjit S Bharj received the 2009 IEEE Region 1 Technology Innovation Award for Innovative Design, Development and Production of a Multi-Channel Transmit/Receive Module for an S-Band Geodesic Phased Array Antenna System for a Satellite Control Network.
When PmT was preparing to move into a new building they contacted NJMEP to assist them with workplace organization and flow for the new building. Having previously worked with NJMEP for ISO training, Amarjit Bharj, President of PmT knew they would be able to improve the layout of production, shipping, receiving and incoming inspection areas.
Not only would NJMEP be able to assist with the plant layout, Ms. Bharj, knew they would be able to assist in securing a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) just as they had for the ISO training. With much of the company’s assets tied up with the fit-out of the new building they needed NJMEP to assist with securing a grant.
There was demand for PmT’s product however to meet that demand the company needed to improve its production processes.
The best way to improve its processes in the new building would be to establish an efficient production flow to minimize waste, maximize performance, minimize production time, increase productivity, and reduce the chance for errors, which in the end will increase profitability and employee satisfaction.
NJMEP and PmT applied for a customized training grant to help the company implement 5S and Cellular Flow Manufacturing. 5S is a series of activities to help with workplace organization and standardization. In Cellular Flow manufacturing equipment and workstations are arranged in a sequence that supports a smooth flow of materials and components through the process, with minimal transport or delay and waste. Applying these methodologies would allow PmT to maximize its production capabilities in its new facility and meet the demand for its products.
The NJDOL grant was approved. Working with an NJMEP resource, all employees were trained in 5S and Cellular Flow Manufacturing.
In addition to process improvement, the training accomplished two things: less cost up front for supplies and less to keep track of at any one time. This in turn cut manufacturing costs, in part by cutting down the time spent maintaining a large inventory.
PmT indicated in its NIST Survey the company:
- Increased sales by $50,000
- Hired 2 new employees
- Retained sales of $1,000,000
- Realized a cost savings of $20,000
- New products and processes contributed $50,000 to the company’s bottom line.
“The training provided by NJMEP helped us set up the most efficient operation possible which we estimate will save PMT 10 to 15 percent on the cost of making our products. We are incorporating Lean operations and we will maintain a carefully planned inventory and work space.”
This Success Story was featured in the August 2013 edition of Manufacturing Matters. Click here to return to the newsletter.