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How Data Integrity can be Used as a Simple, Effective Means to Continuously Improve
Extrusion Results

Craig Werner, Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC (WES LLC), Lake Forest, Illinois, USA

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Operations

ABSTRACT—Aluminum extrusion companies fiercely compete with each other for orders and
market share, and constantly compete with alternative material solutions. While competition can
occur based on quality, supply reliability/flexibility, relationships, or on many other attributes,
often price is a key consideration. Price can primarily be affected by controlling the underlying
cost of producing and distributing the extrusions, or by varying profit margins. This paper will
describe a simple, data-based, disciplined, effective, and proven method utilized to continuously
monitor and improve both productivity and scrap across multiple extrusion presses, in multiple
physical locations. The Certification System process is core to a company’s ability to ensure the
data integrity necessary to properly cost, plan, and execute an effective extrusion operation.

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