With the introduction of our newest interior office glass wall product lines ONE and ONE LP, Transwall had a manufacturing need to perform machining operations on aluminum extrusions. At first, Transwall shipped various 10 ft. long extrusions to machining vendors to perform this task at a cost and a long 4-week lead time. There were a lot of logistical activities performed in our materials group to accomplish this, such as scheduling deliveries and pickups, written P.O. communication, drawings, quality checks, and more. With a growing product line, this became a nightmare until we purchased our first extrusion machining center from FOM USA in 2010.
At the time, machining was a new process to Transwall. We were able to quickly eliminate all outsourced work and thus lowered our lead time by half by bringing this process in-house. We also were able to eliminate the costs by reallocating our manufacturing personnel. The ability to machine our extrusions has allowed us to design our products to meet the customer’s demands and features, whether it is an architect or interior designer.
We continued to grow our business and speed to the market which in turn allowed Transwall to gain more customers. We added a second machine in 2014. Both machines ran all day long maintaining capacity for all new business on these “glass” product lines.
Now in 2016, we are adding a third larger machine from FOM USA that again will address our capacity concerns as our business continues to grow. This machine is faster and more robust in order to satisfy our close tolerance precision work.
Whatever the market demands are, Transwall stands as a front line leader by keeping pace with technology and having manufacturing systems that satisfy our needs in order to have the capability and capacity to satisfy our customers.
Congratulations to the lucky winner of our NeoCon East iPad raffle, Sandy Thieu of L2Partridge! When she heard she won a new iPad from Transwall she excitedly responded “Holy moly, that’s awesome – thanks so much Will and Ray!” And, of course, no celebration is complete without a selfie.