The Business Structure
The Work We Do
Other activities include prototype development, and manufacture of components for other products. In this way, we have built components for amusement rides, scuba divers, sail boat racing, Water exercise equipment, climbing gear, medical gear, and products for the oil and gas industry as well as other items. We were also the first to come up with a way to effectively repair cross-link polyethylene kayaks and canoes, and were the first to produce a product called the Gamov bag. This bag saves mountain Climbers from altitude sickness, and is a portable hyperbaric chamber.
Why We do this Work
Specific Job Duties
Errol is the Production Manager. His job covers all aspects of production. He orders materials. He is the personnel manager. He maintains a shop budget for materials and labor. Errol schedules production, and does job costing. He keeps time studies. He supervises the order inventory and shipping process, and he even manages to put in some production time too. Errol's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod is our chief welder. There is no one in the shop that knows more about welding, and using the various machines. He is in charge of training in the welding area. He keeps welding area operations organized, making sure that production schedules are met on a timely basis. Rod's knowledge base is priceless when it comes to determining the limitations of the equipment, especially when new products are being prototyped.
Perry is in charge of material cutting and small parts inventory. She makes sure that there are enough D ring patches, bias tape, grommet strips, T tape, pad valves, and all the other sub assemblies necessary to keep our production rolling on a timely basis. Perry and Errol work closely together on maintenance of raw material inventory levels, and just in time cutting of the right parts so cut parts do not sit around too long. Perry organizes all the pattern files for our computerized cutting system, and she works closely with Jack in the design process.
Laurrette is our office manager in charge of orders and shipping, accounts receivable. Laurette's main job is to keep all of our information organized. She keeps the sales order, inventory, invoice, and shipping data bases up to date so we can have accurate forecasting and product information. She makes sure that product information sheets, custom job order forms, time studies, and other business information is organized. Laurette even manages to get some production time in every now and then. Her email address is email@example.com
Lauri is the Financial Manager. Lauri keeps the main budget on schedule. She writes payroll checks and pays bills. Lauri helped us produce our employee hand book. She led us through our first accounting software program, our first data base for sales orders and inventory, and then helped us move on to more sophisticated accounting, manufacturing, and inventory control software.
There are three other skilled production people, Chevis, Levi, and TJ. The build products and sub assemblies for the various products we make. They are all skilled in the use of our welding equipment, and repair techniques.
How New Products are Introduced
This first prototype production scenario is kept within the supporting documents (computer models, drawings, patterns, and time studies), along with the associated techniques and machine settings. The prototype is built, and then the production scenario is revised to fit the new realities that were discovered in the process. The new product is brought to a production meeting for review of the process with all employees, and new production scenarios are implemented if necessary.
This may lead to revisions in the drawings, patterns, materials, techniques or machine settings, but it is an excellent way to bring everyone into the process and create ownership in a product. Besides, it would be a disservice to the company to disallow the experience of the production people who know what will work and what will not work.
New techniques are often used in later designs, and everything builds off of that growing knowledge base. In this way even our standard products are under a constant process of review and refinement. This same review and refinement process continues into the financial aspect of the business, with the constant review of the database, the budget, suppliers, customers, and trade shows. There is nothing stagnant about Jack's Plastic Welding, Inc.
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