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Staying the Course
While the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring us all feelings of uneasiness, Delta Technology as an entity – as well as our in-house engineers – remain steadfast in our commitment and resolve to be available, ready, and willing to immediately help when and where we can. We want to help, and the “public-private partnerships” we are all seeing make us proud of our country, and hopeful for the future.
COVID-19 is the first pandemic we’ve all lived through, but the current temporary downturn of the economy is the third one I have experienced during my career. My experience has taught me many things – chief among them: Companies that prepare now will hit the ground running and succeed once the economy opens up again.
With unprecedented economic times also comes unprecedented opportunities for those that are prepared to take advantage of them. Let us show you how we can help you get a jump on new projects that will bring your organization through this uncertainty, and prepare it to gain an unfair share of the market value that will be created in the next phase of the economy.
Whether you are looking at retooling your manufacturing process or facility, adapting it in any way, or are ready to discuss how automation will allow you to take advantage of these new opportunities, contact us today to schedule a 20-minute virtual tour of our modern, state of the art facility. Contact a member of our sales professionals today at 800-586-3272, or email info@DeltaTech1.com.
I said it before, but it’s worth repeating: We are all in this together… and working together we will prevail.
It’s a time-honored childhood tradition. Getting together with your buddies and building an impressive fort in the backyard. A ramshackle but charming sticks, old blankets, rocks, and leaves masterpiece proudly displayed with a pirate flag on top. This complicated process probably took days of construction and reconstruction—innovative engineering at its finest.
Then, your sister and her friends come along. They inspect your work, scatter off to collect supplies from their homes, and quickly regroup to construct a Mount Everest worthy base camp with basic-but-sturdy tarps, ropes, poles, stakes, and bungee cords. And, to add insult to injury, a storm blows through, and guess which fort is left standing?
Welcome to your first experience with Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA)!
As a critical part of the product development cycle, DFMA involves optimizing the design and assembly of your product for its manufacturing and assembly process, merging the design requirements of the product with its production method. Employing DFMA tactics reduces the cost and difficulty of producing a product while maintaining its quality.
Executive Profile: Leon Krzmarzick, Engineer Fellow
Growing up on a farm near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Leon Krzmarzick was born into a large, Catholic family. The youngest of ten, Leon, found that his childhood on the farm shaped much of the person he has become. It exposed him to many challenges and experiences that gave him the confidence to solve problems, no matter how daunting.
Leon has been working at Delta for over twenty years. Before that, however, he worked for Automated Solutions Incorporated, where he met Ken Blaisdell and Nasser Pirshafiey, the founders of Delta, who would later hire Leon to join their company in 1999.
When he started at Delta, Leon’s job consisted primarily of installing network cables in their new office, but he was soon working as Senior Controls Engineer. Leon is currently employed as an Engineering Fellow. As such, his primary duties include closing projects and ensure the quality of Delta’s end product.
Because Leon has worked for Delta longer than anyone else, he has had the opportunity to see what has changed throughout the years, and what has stayed the same. “The engineering process has changed very little,” Leon states. “Mechanical Engineers start the project and then a few weeks later it is handed to Controls Engineers to get started. From then on, it’s a matter of collaboration between the engineers and the build team. This process still goes on much the same way today.”
While the engineering process has remained the same, Leon has seen changes in the types of projects Delta handles as well. “We have tackled much larger projects in recent years,” says Leon. “This has demanded increasingly more collaboration between multiple engineers from each department, not to mention the entire build team.”
Leon has also seen a shift in leadership, as Ken, the original owner of Delta, sold the company to Lyle Rusanowski in 2014. “Ken’s leadership was, in my opinion, centered on integrity. Treating the customer right and delivering a quality product, no matter what. Lyle has definitely maintained this commitment to integrity but has effectively turned it into a mission statement for the whole company,” says Leon.
Throughout his long-time employment with Delta, Leon continues to love what he does. “The most fulfilling specific part of my job is bringing machines to life. The hours always seem to fly by effortlessly when we are starting up a new machine and optimizing performance,” says Leon. “A close second would be delivering the final product to a happy customer. Overall, I enjoy the day-to-day variation and being involved in so many facets of the company.”
Outside of work, Leon enjoys getting involved in his church’s choir, baking, woodworking, archery, hiking, fishing, and spending time with his family.
The Hershey’s Kisses Mystery – A Manufacturers Tale
Manufacturers strive for quality control. If something is off by a millimeter, an entire line of production could be ruined. This measure goes for critical medical equipment, aviation parts, a multitude of electronics, and – Hershey Kisses?
It all started with members of a Facebook baking group, who in December of 2018, sounded the alarm that Hershey’s Kisses had their iconic “curly-Q” tips broken off. Bakers of the holiday-favorite peanut butter blossom cookies were furious. Theories flew as to why the peaks had broken off, and Hershey’s quickly responded to say that the company was “working to improve the appearance.” The confectioner, who has always prided itself on quality product, was “called-out” for a few millimeters of chocolate missing off the top of the iconic candies.
Cleverly, the company itself acknowledged the mystery of the missing curly Q’s, posting on social media with a graphic featuring several Kisses (some misshapen and some not) with the text “Warm hearts this holiday season and take the time to celebrate our differences.”
Without a doubt, Hershey’s, like any other billion-dollar establishment, took this quality issue seriously and scoured the manufacturing process with a fine-tooth comb. Hershey’s CEO Michele Buck told CNBC, “We looked at the entire Kiss manufacturing process, and we made some adjustments to shaping the tips to allow us to have greater consistency.” Buck declined to elaborate on what caused the broken-tip issue in the first place, but assured fans that the cause of the problem had been rectified.
Moral of the story: Quality control is essential. The smallest errors can potentially cause the largest problems!
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