What an amazing month in the history of Staub Machine Company, Inc. On Cctober 3rd we had a great Manufacturing Day, spent with Dream It, Do It of WNY and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. But last week certainly eclipsed that. We were chosen to be the feature manufacturer for Manufacturing Month, and hosted the Manufacturers Council Tour at our Lake Street facility. Not only that, but we were honored to host Dream It, Do It students from Lake Shore High School at our Grimsby Drive facility the same day!
Manufacturers Council Tour
We were flattered when Nadine Powell, Senior Director at the BNP, asked us to host October’s tour. When asked, “Why us?” she responded, “You obviously have amazing equipment and use advanced manufacturing techniques. But what I think is just as interesting is the culture that you’ve developed in your company.” At our tour, we tried to balance both of the things that Nadine spoke about. We are very proud of what we have, but also proud of who we have. We try to do things the right way, and for the right reasons. Tony Staub underscored this point in his presentation, saying, “When I’m sitting in my rocking chair in 20 years, I want to feel good about the decisions that I’ve made. I want to know that what I’ve done in my business has been ethical.”
At Staub we’ve been an innovative and successful company for many years. Many of our innovations have been in machining techniques and in automating our manufacturing processes. Other innovations can be found in our hiring practices, organization, and leadership philosophy. We are also innovative by being early adopters of new technology. All of these characteristics made Staub Machine Company a very attractive option for a Buffalo Niagara Partnership tour. Of course we were thrilled at the opportunity! Here is a brief breakdown of the day’s tour:
- Turning Centers – Turning Center Manager Mike Rozycki led groups through “Side A”. He showed guests how our “lights out manufacturing” really works, and explained the advantages that come from it.
- Automation – Jim Staub took groups through a journey in time. Jim explained how purposeful change led the company to grow and innovate, and showed his guests how automation took hold in our shop. And of course, he got to show off the robots, who were busily unloading, washing, and packing parts.
- Assembly – Lisa Malvin led guests through our assembly area and talked about the attention to detail that is needed in her work. She was supported by Brenda Taylor, Gloria Galuszka, and Cindy Gall, who put our assembly line into action.
- The Staub Way – Tony got the chance to share one of his greatest passions: organization. He gave examples of how superior organization makes us a better company. Also, he got to share some business philosophies, like customer-vendor relationships and hiring.
- Linear Pallet Pools – Bart Barnes and Jim Larson gave an education on machining center technology. After explaining the advantages that linear pallet pools provide, Bart and Jim showed our guests how we design and create our own “tombstones” and fixtures.
- Product Flow – Dan Nytz is our Production Supervisor. Since he has played a key role in setting up our workflow and manufacturing processes, he took guests through a day in the life of a Staub part. He started with raw stock, and finished with a washed part ready for packaging.
We are proud of what we have here. It is a great feeling to work hard and be recognized for it. It is even better when a group of high level business people look around our shop in awe because of the hard work and attention to detail of our team.
Dream It, Do It WNY and Lake Shore High School
Juniors and Seniors from Lake Shore’s Advanced Manufacturing class, along with teacher Chris Panfil, spent the late morning at our Grimsby Drive location. For many students this was their first opportunity to walk into a manufacturing environment. The Staub staff acted as tour guides yet again, but this time we took the approach of showing the students a day in the life of a Staub employee. Oh sure, we explained the equipment and technology. We also told the students what we do, why we do it, and talked to them about how our business operates.
Careers At one station Tony Staub gave a presentation about careers. He told students about his life as a business owner, and let them in on some of his recipes for success. Tony also gave a lesson on how to be a good employee, something that we very often learn too late. Probably his most important topic was what he looks for in an employee. Check out this earlier blog post to learn about Tony’s hiring approach. Finally, students got to hear the stories of four employees who explained their various pathways and experiences in manufacturing.
3D Printing The next station was a lesson on 3D Printing. Students got to touch and feel a wide variety of 3D Printed parts, and learned about the three technologies that we have. Students learned about advantages that Additive Manufacturing gives us as product designers. They also found out the trials of an additive employee, and how challenging post processing and file manipulation can be.
Machining The last group was a tour of our machining operations at Grimsby. The students saw a Linear Pallet Pool in action, and learned about the efficiencies that it creates. They got to interact with our Fanuc robots, and watch them wash, dry, and pack parts. Students were chosen to inspect and measure parts, which is a key aspect of our operator’s jobs on the shop floor.
We really enjoyed showing Mr. Panfil and his students around our facility. We had some great conversations with some very bright students. Our hope is that some of these students are inspired by what they saw to take an interest in manufacturing, and understand that there are good careers in this field. Mr. Panfil assured us that they all have a new perspective on what modern manufacturing looks like.