Technical Solutions for the Aluminum Extrusion Industry
Subodh K. Das, Secat, Inc.
Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Operations Management
ABSTRACT --- In the economically challenging environment of manufacturing
in general, and in the aluminum extrusion industry specifically, companies
need to continue to develop new products and improve processes while
minimizing overhead and cost. One route to addressing these seemingly
conflicting requirements is to utilize outside resources to augment internal
staff capabilities. While a familiar concept in non-technical areas such as
accounting and cleaning services, the extension to technical support is more
challenging. One model for meeting the technical needs of the aluminum
extrusion industry is based on a pooled resource approach involving
companies, universities, and national laboratories with specialized
capabilities. By coordinating these activities through a single, technically
competent entity, comprehensive yet cost-effective technical results are
possible. This paper will review this model and illustrate its effectiveness
through the example of Secat, Inc., a company based on such a model.
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