Lean Shop

Lean shop is the business development blog of K-Form. Follow us as we use a spirit of continual improvement to grow with lean manufacturing tools. We will discuss lean techniques, books, and the general business of manufacturing.

K-Form Partners with Eltron

K-Form is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Eltron Technologies-LLC. Eltron is a manufacturer representative focused on the Defense and Industrial markets. K-Form provides precision contract manufacturing services to the Defense and Aerospace markets.
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On May 22nd, K-Form hosted a meeting of the Northern Virginia SolidWorks User Group (NOVASWUG). First, I would like to thank everyone who attended. We had good turnout with half a dozen companies represented. TriMech gave a presentation on the thermal analysis capabilities of SolidWorks Flow Simulation. Although simulation is a deep topic, the presentation .. read more
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Improving Metrics: DPPM

Defective Parts Per Million (DPPM) is a trending quality metric among K-Form customers. DPPM is essentially another method of measuring nonconforming material levels. Although K-Form firmly believes measuring quality is a component of success, industry must examine what is truly measured and the effectiveness of the outcome. Several flawed assumptions hamper most DPPM implementations from .. read more

January NOVASWUG Recap

On January 16th, K-Form hosted the second Northern Virginia SolidWorks User Group (NOVASWUG) meeting. K-Form would like to thank everyone for attending. Building a community group is not an easy task. Prism Engineering gave us a demo of SolidWorks 3DVIA Composer. I make technical documentation (maintenance manuals and assembly documentation mostly) for some product development .. read more
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Improved Machining Inspection with FARO Edge CMM

K-Form saw plenty of opportunities for improvement while attending IMTS 2012. We were particularly impressed by the portable CMM technologies. In December, K-Form purchased a FARO Edge Portable CMM Arm with laser scanning to alleviate an inspection bottleneck, improve reporting capabilities, and support our customers with evolving engineering environments. Machining Process Inspection Time K-Form manufactures .. read more

Northern Virginia SolidWorks User Group

SolidWorks thrives on a large user base. Dassault keeps the user community active through forums, training, and events. One of the most interesting ways SolidWorks users connect is through local user groups (or SWUGs). The user groups give members an outlet to interact with peers and learn about SolidWorks. The leaders organize the meetings with .. read more
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IMTS 2012 Overview

K-Form recently attended IMTS 2012 which one of the largest manufacturing shows in world. The show provided an experience unparalleled in North America to discover, view, and discuss leading manufacturing technologies. The show was over 1.2 million square feet and had attendance topping 100k. Machining Centers For more than a decade, K-Form has purchased Haas .. read more

Norseman Strategic Partnership

K-Form is proud to announce Norseman Defense Technologies as sole sales representation for RF shielded racks and enclosures. Norseman Defense Technologies is an information technology solutions integrator and consultant. Norseman delivers value to Federal Government entities by providing best-in-breed IT hardware, software and information-technology–meeting the needs of its clients with a focus on exceeding expectations. .. read more

RoHS Compliance and Iridite NCP

In anticipation of market and regulatory trends, K-Form is upgrading our Iridite chemical film to a RoHS compliant process eliminating the use of hexavalent chromate. The new process, called Iridite NCP, meets or exceeds MIL-DTL-5541F (Type 2) Class 1A/Class 3 requirements and is approved under MIL-QPL-81706 (CHEMICAL CONVERSION MATERIALS FOR COATING ALUMINUM AND ALUMINUM ALLOYS). .. read more

Book: Lean Production Simplified

Several reliable sources recommended Lean Production Simplified by Pascal Dennis as a firm starting point on my journey for Lean manufacturing knowledge. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) placed the book on the reading list for Lean certification. This Shingo prize winning book bills itself as “A plain language guide to the world’s most powerful .. read more