Industry

Contract Manufacturing

The Situation

After years of searching, Nikel selects data-driven partners that fully understand their manufacturing processes.

Nikel Precision Group, formerly Precision Manufacturing Solutions Inc. (PMSI), is a comprehensive engineering and contract manufacturing center of excellence headquartered in Saco, Maine. The company produces mission-critical components and assemblies for the Aerospace, Defense, Industrial, and Medical markets, with its 100 employees focused on delivering high-quality, engineered parts critical to the proper function of complex end products. Jamie Bell is the vice president of operations at Nikel Precision Group, and has been involved in the manufacturing space for years. “I started out at Atlantic Precision Products as a machinist back in 1984, and worked my way up to plant manager and engineering manager. In 2003, a group of us started PMSI and I was focused on engineering. Ever since, I’ve been looking at ways to use technology to help improve operations and efficiency across our factory.”

 

The Solution

Using Technology to Compete

Like many manufacturers, Nikel Precision has been unable to hire as quickly as they would like. To offset personnel shortages, Nikel has embraced automation solutions and production intelligence technology. With a focus on increasing unattended machining hoursand operator efficiency, Nikel has purchased advanced machinery, including some of the latest five axis milling machines.

“As we’ve grown, and the complexity of the parts we produce has increased, we’ve focused on technology as a way to expand our capabilities to meet customer demands,” said Jamie. “Today’s CNC machines have the intelligence and advanced tooling capabilities to manufacture complex parts to exacting specifications, and this precision helps Nikel differentiate itself for the types of companies we manufacture partsfor. The bar is set high on every dimension and aspect of production performance and component quality.”

But technology innovation doesn’t end with new CNC machines. Nikel has also implemented solutions that optimize tool performance to improve quality, as well as production intelligence systems that provide real-time insights into the performance of the factory. “To fully realize the potential of our advanced CNC machines, we’ve been working with Caron Engineering and Datanomix to help us increase the quality and speed at which we machine parts.”

According to Jamie, “By welcoming outside expertise in areas where technology can offer measurable and significant increases in productivity when done right, we’ve been able to deliver positive business outcomes for the company. These tools have become core building blocks in how we manage production, and ultimately, our facilities.”

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