Recent News at Chapter 2 Incorporated
Chapter 2 Incorporated is continually improving its facilities, processes, equipment, quality systems and personnel. Check up on the latest news about Chapter 2 here.
- New Equipment Update (6/15/2017)
Chapter 2, Inc. added new machinery once again! In mid June a brand new Doosan HP5100II horizontal mill was delivered. This machine was placed in our production department and got put to work right away!
- New Personnel Update (6/1/2017)
Chapter 2 would like to congratulate Abby Johnson on the completion of the Youth Apprenticeship Program through Lake Mills High School. Abby has worked at Chapter 2 part time through the school and has done a great job. She will continue working through the summer, until she starts college at UW-Madison. We wish her nothing but the best! This is the 3rd year Chapter 2 has participated in the Youth Apprenticeship Program, bringing students in to work part time in the office helping with administrative duties. It has been an honor to see the students grown and gain experience throughout the year. Good luck to Abby on her future!
- New Facilities Update (4/19/2017)
More walls are going up inside Chapter 2, this time in the Tool Room! The new office was built to accommodate Tool Room management and CAD drawing/design space. As you can see from the pictures below, everyone will have more room to stretch their legs out in the new office! The old office will be removed and added to our assembly area for more bench space. This is another example of how Chapter 2 is continually improving their facilities.
- New Equipment Update (1/15/2017)
Chapter 2 has added Urethane, including a Urethane Room within their production area. The urethane room ensures that the temperature of the urethane stays maintained for effective use.
- New Certification ( December 6, 2016)
Chapter 2, Inc. is proud to annouce the completion of all stages in their ISO Audit. The company is now ISO 13485:2003 certified in conjunction with their ISO 9001: 2008 certification. Chapter 2 is now certified to manufacture machined and assembled components of medical devices.
- Upcoming Internal Update (10/1/2016)
Chapter 2 has chosen to upgrade to Global Shop Solutions for their new ERP system. As business grows, so do our internal needs. Updating Business Process Management Software will allow our business to integrate many applications and automate business functions related to operations, technology, finance, and human resources. Global Shop is known for their robust production and inventory modules which will help bring Chapter 2’s order management capabilities to the next level when servicing and communicating with both customers and suppliers. Not only do management and executives get to be hands on with the program, but also floor level employees. There has been many months of rigorous training to ensure a smooth transition when we "go live" October 1st, 2016.
Chapter 2 is getting automated!
Chapter 2 has automated their spindle machining process, which is used for products in the lawn and garden industry. This new process was implemented for our lean and continuous improvement efforts throughout all operations. The automation of machining spindles allows for operators to leave the machine unattended and in return can multi-task on other projects. An LNS Quick Load Servo Bar Feeder was purchased and implemented with a Hwacheon Hi Tech 450B lathe with sub spindle and live tool capability.
- New Facilitites Update (7/25/2016)
With the addition of the 18,000 sq ft building, something needed to be done to ensure quality inspections could be complete in an accurate and efficient manner. Building a new quality lab was the solution! Pictured to the right is the new home of our Zeiss Contura Automatic CMM w/ Calypso Software and our Romer Stinger Portable Arm CMM with PC DMIS software
- New Personnel Update (7/1/2016)
CAM programming is another way Chapter 2 has improved on their processes by being able to eliminate errors that are prone to the manual programming process. Along with reduced errors, the CAM software also increases efficiency, ensures high quality, decreases lead time, and lowers costs.
Congratulations to our Setup Technicians on the completion of their SURFCAM training through Programming Plus. They have now been certified to add "Programmer" at the end of their job title. Pictured left to right: Aaron Francisco, Scott Bylczynski, Jamie Stevenson, and Andrew MacNaughton
- Chapter 2 Donation (6/4/2016)
Chapter 2's Paint Team Leader, Kevin Mansfield, painted this ordinary dresser and turned it into a pretty unique looking firetruck dresser. Chapter 2 decided to donate the dresser to the Junior Fisheree, which is an event held in Lake Mills, WI that is sponsored by the Lake Mills Optimist Club. At the event raffle tickets were purchsed for $5 and a chance to win the dresser. Proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Lake Mills Optimist Club and The Lake Mills Fire Department. This is another great example proving Chapter 2 is more than just your average manufacturer.
Below is a picture of Kevin with the dresser he painted (left) and Nathan who won the dresser during the Junior Fisheree (right). Seeing the excitement Nathan had on his face after his name was announced makes everything worth it
- New Process Update (2/15/2016)
Warehouse 5S Project
With the mindset of becoming more efficient in day to day processes, and having the lean principle, Chapter 2 recently finished their 5S warehouse project. 5S is a method used to help organize workplaces and as a result promote efficiency and productivity. 5S comes from 5 Japanese words that start with the letter S; Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. When translated to English, the words correlate to; Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain.
The two major accomplishments when performing the 5S project on the warehouse were that racking was added and a new saw was purchased. The racking helped increase the amount of space available to be able to store more items in the warehouse. By having more space, it has made organizing parts and other items on the racks easier. We are now able to store them in a more efficient way and if something is needed, we can get to it much quicker. A more efficient saw was also purchased and was able to replace two existing saws, which helped create more space as well.
At Chapter 2 we are always trying to evaluate ourselves usig these lean principles. Please continue to watch for more updates on our upcoming 5S projects
- New Personnel Update (2/10/15)
Chapter 2, Inc.- CAM Training Program
New Personnel Update (12/05/15)
As part of an ongoing effort to better serve our customers,
Chapter 2 has selected a group of employees to attend training at Programming Plus,
Inc. for the use of CAM Software for machine programming. In the past, Chapter 2 has had a single
position that has satisfied our needs for CAM programming. As we have grown as
an organization and as the manufacturing industry progressively demands lower
costs and quicker lead times, our need for additional employees to have the
ability to process designs into a finished product is essential and no longer
can be the responsibility of one individual.
In machining, CAM is the use of computers to define the
toolpaths needed to create a part. In
other words, CAM is the use of computers to aid in the manufacturing of a part. This process involves interpreting a part’s
geometry and preparing the toolpaths directly from the data prepared in a CAD
drawing. In this method, the programmer
does not have to manually encode the tool motions and part geometry, which are
both prone to human error. CAM
programming allows the user to visually verify the programmed motions of the
tools along the work piece. CAM software
displays a preview of how the machining sequence will appear on the actual
machine. Overall, this not only makes
the process more efficient but ensures its quality as well.
Chapter 2 has selected four employees to enhance their
ability in the use of CAM software. Not
only will we have multiple employees with this capability but also employees
across multiple shifts to help shorten lead times for our customers. These employees have demonstrated good working
knowledge of manual programming and will benefit greatly from being able to use
the CAM software to increase their ability to modify existing and write new
Each employee will attend a series of training courses offered
by Programming Plus who is an award winning seller of the software SURFCAM, the
CAM software used at Chapter 2 Inc.
Programming Plus is located in New Berlin, WI and offers hands on
training with small class sizes and has instructors that are former programmers
who bring real-world experience to the class room. The courses will cover a variety of different
sections of the CAM programming process ranging from Beginner 2 Axis Machine
programming to Advanced Machining and 3D Modeling.
We are excited about the additional capabilities this
training will bring and the opportunities it will create for both us as an
organization and the employees completing the training. Stay tuned for future updates as the training
Congratulations to Trevor Hake on his completion of the ASQ- Certified Quality Engineer program. “Earning an ASQ certification is more than a great accomplishment - it’s a formal recognition of professionals that they have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality practices in their field,” said ASQ Chair Cecilia Kimberlin. In order to qualify for the Certified Quality Engineer examiation, an individual must have eight years of work and/or experience related to the Body of Knowledge. Certified Quality Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control.
CHAPTER 2 NAMED TOP SHOP IN
MODERN MACHINE SHOP NAT'L SURVEY (8/28/15)
Chapter 2 would like to announce that it has been named an
Honors Program winner in association with Modern Machine Shop magazines 2015
Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. Modern
Machine Shop (published by Gardner Business Media, Cincinnati, Ohio) offers
this annual survey which allows participants to compare their machining and business
metrics and strategies with leading U.S shops.
Since 2011 approximately 1,700 shop owners or managers have participated
in the survey, with 277 taking part in this year’s edition. The survey includes an Honors Program to
highlight select shops in the top 20-percent benchmarking group that performed well
in particular survey category which include; Machine Technology, Shopfloor
Practices, Business Strategies and Human Resources. Chapter 2, Inc. has been honored as 2015’s
award winner for the Business Strategies category which includes key business
metrics such as Business Growth Rate, Profit Margin, Sales per Employee and
Sales per CNC Machine. Chapter 2 will be
profiled in an upcoming issue of the magazine so stay tuned for more
information to come!
CHAPTER 2 TO BE ISO 13485 CERTIFIED BY 2016 (8/5/15)
Chapter 2, Inc would like to announce that with the assistance of Perry Johnson Registrars will be integrating ISO 13485 certification into its quality management system for the Mufacturing of medical devices and components.
ISO 13485:2003 Quality Management Standard for Medical Devices is an ISO standard that represents the requirements for a comprehensive management system for the manufacture of medical devices. While it remains a standalone document, ISO 13485 is generally consistent with ISO 9001 with some key differences:
- The promotion and awareness of regulatory
requirements as a management responsibility (an example of market specific
regulatory requirements is 21 CFR 820 Quality System Regulation for Medical
Device s sold in the United States)
- Controls in the work environment to ensure
- Focus on risk management for inspection and
traceability for medical devices
- Specific requirements for documentation and
validation of processes for medical devices
- Specific requirements for verification of the
effectiveness of corrective and preventative action.
The current plan will have Chapter 2 ISO 13485 certified by the end of the first quarter of 2016.
The certification will strengthen Chapter 2’s commitment towards customer quality and will also position Chapter 2 for further expansion within the medical device industry. Once certified it will provide current and future customers a level of confidence and trust in the components and services provided by Chapter 2.
- New Personnel Update (7/28/15)
We would like to congratulate Mike Garman, our Supply Chain Manager, on receiving his Six Sigma Green Belt certification through MATC. Congrats, Mike!
- New Project Update (6/11/15)
Chapter 2, Inc. was approached with the opporunity to help in the restoration of an iconic landmark in Milwaukee, WI, The Milwaukee Art Museum. Our paint department has been busy re-painting and restoring the museum's track lighting fixtures. It has been an honor to be part of this renovation, and we are excited to see the finished project in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned for pictures of the before and after track lighting restoration. Remember, Chapter 2, Inc. has many capabilities above and beyond machining.
For more information on this project visit http://mam.org/visit/museum-renovation.php
- New Equipment Update (4/1/15)
Yet another new mahcine has been brought through the doors here at Chapter 2! Pictured below is our newest Doosan PUMA 2600 Y lathe. Make Chapter 2 your one stop shop for your turning, milling, and drilling needs!
- New Equipment Update (03/13/15)
With customer satisfaction in mind Chapter 2 purchased a
Zeiss Contura G2 CMM with Calypso software, to ensure the production of high
quality products for our customers. The
purchase of the CMM will keep Chapter 2 at the forefront of manufacturing with its
capability to improve the accuracy and throughput of our CMM inspections and
reduce operator inspections at work centers.
Below you can see a picture of the newly purchased automated CMM ready
to be put to use!
- New Equipment Update (03/09/15)
A few new equipment purchases have been made to go along
with the new facility which include; two new Doosan PUMAGT2100M live tooling
lathes, one new Doosan PUMA 2600Y live tooling and Y axis lathe and four new
Doosan HP5100 II horizontal machining centers.
Below you can find a couple pictures of the horizontal machining centers
and the Y axis lathe.
- New Facilities Update (03/09/15)
Chapter 2 has completed its 18,000 sq ft addition which will
be dedicated to its precision machining division. As you can see we have wasted
no time moving some of our operations (new and existing) into the facility. There are more operational moves to come but to
reinforce our commitment to new growth and development much of the new square
footage will be dedicated to new opportunities that arise in the future. Below you can see new photos of the inside
operations and the outside of the addition completed back in October 2014.