Triangle Manufacturing Co. Inc., of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey is a contract manufacturer of precision component parts. Founded in 1955 by William Strohmeyer and two partners, the 90-employee company provides services including product development, manufacturing engineering and complete turnkey solutions for production manufacturers via materials management and production. Triangle Manufacturing is ISO 9001-2000 registered and has extensive experience in the medical manufacturing field, including the areas of orthopedic implants, surgical instrumentation, powered surgical hand pieces and diagnostic equipment. Current annual sales range from $15 million to $20 million.
When Triangle President Neal Strohmeyer needed to cut production costs for a key customer in order to remain competitive, he turned to his longtime business associate, Richard Reale of Positive Impact Associates. As an NJMEP Third Party Lean Resource, Reale steered Strohmeyer to NJMEP, where the assigned Field Agent and Reale helped prepare and oversee the implementation of the Triangle Manufacturing project.
This undertaking involved the creation of Triangle’s “V”-Cell, an area designed to optimize efficient production for the company’s special client. Achieving this goal entailed completing a value stream analysis; procuring and/or relocating equipment; calculating batch sizes; establishing kanban; making and visually presenting key measurements; and appointing a “V”-Team. Company Team Leader Stan Janosz and five production team members participated in the 60-day project, which also incorporated a 5S three-day kaizen.
One outcome of the project was a thirty-percent reduction of production costs. The company was able to pass on the cost savings to its customer, resulting in sales retention, customer retention and, perhaps most importantly, a continuing business relationship. The customer improved its marketplace competitiveness and ensured continued success with its product line.
Triangle Manufacturing and NJMEP are planning more joint cellular manufacturing and 5S events as part of the Upper Saddle River company’s continuing commitment to Lean Manufacturing.
“Once the team took ownership, things really started to take off,” said Strohmeyer. “Developing a cohesive team was essential to fundamentally changing the way work was being done.
“Support overall has been excellent!” the president noted. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Rich Reale. He is very well received by everyone he has touched in the organization.”
How did Triangle Manufacturing assess the project and its outcome? “The results of the project were extraordinary,” Strohmeyer said. “When all was said and done, the customer was rewarded with a thirty percent price reduction, and our organization also benefited from an increase in business from that customer,” he continued. “Lean manufacturing remains a key strategic imperative for Triangle to ensure its survival and growth in Bergen County.”
Triangle Manufacturing Company is a participant in NJMEP’s Made in New Jersey program. Click here to view their profile!