"Employee of the Quarter"
Duramatic Products is proud to announce that Mr. Nelson Shuman has been selected as the Employee of the Quarter. Nelson hails from Claxton, GA, and has been an employee of Duramatic Products since July 2012.
Nelson is a Milling Machine Operator, responsible for the operation and general upkeep of milling machines, and applying a sharpened edge to the mower blades produced by Duramatic, which are renowned as the sharpest blades in the industry. He accomplishes all of his tasks safely and efficiently, having a near perfect safety record, and he regularly exceeds production quotas for his department.
While Nelson is good at producing blades quickly, he also ensures that all of the parts that he produces meet stringent quality control standards. Nelson is forklift qualified, and is proficient at performing his own set-ups on machinery and equipment. He regularly is entrusted with training new employees, who then become productive members of the Duramatic team very quickly, because of the time and the care that Nelson takes to train them.
“Nelson is a joy to be around as an employee”, says Charlotte Brown, his Department Supervisor. “He has an excellent attitude, which makes him very easy to work with”. “Nelson allows us to get more done on a daily basis, due to his experience and willingness to go the extra mile.”
Nelson uses keen attention to detail and a dedicated work ethic to help ensure that Duramatic produces the finest parts in the outdoor power equipment industry. Congratulations Nelson, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Paulette Morgan Earns Green Belt
Paulette Morgan of Duramatic Products was presented her Green Belt in Lean Manufacturing on May 28th, 2015. A Green Belt certification holder is someone who is well versed in lean methodology and who leads and supports improvement projects. Paulette earned her Green Belt by attending 80 hours of class room training, writing a Value Stream Map, contributing to a class project kaizen event and participating in three additional kaizen events. By receiving the certification, Paulette joins an elite group of Green Belt holders at Duramatic that includes Ric Schreihofer, Linda Gail Richardson and Michael Holland.
Duramatic eyes 20th anniversary
certification in 2014
In 1994, Duramatic became a forerunner in the outdoor power equipment industry by earning prestigious ISO 9002 certification for lawn mower and edger blade manufacturing, meeting exacting guidelines developed by the International Organization for Standardization.
"2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of our initial audit," commented Dennis Lamb, general manager at Duramatic. "ISO audits are conducted by an accredited auditing firm every six months, and mark Duramatic's ongoing achievements in quality production for nearly 20 years."
ISO standards for the manufacture of lawn mower and edger blades outline a philosophy of quality management that yields exceptional products or services and result in high levels of customer satisfaction.
Duramatic reaches milestone
in blade production during 2014
Total blade production at Duramatic Products since its inception in 1950 surpassed 200 million during 2014 according to Dennis Lamb, general manager at Duramatic. Duramatic produces one lawn mower or edger blade approximately every 2.7 seconds.
"This is certainly a milestone for our company," commented Lamb. "We take exceptional pride in producing blades that are recognized around the world for outstanding performance, proven reliability and unsurpassed quality. Reaching 200 million blades is a production milestone we are extremely proud of and it's a tribute to the commitment of our team members to manufacture the very best blades on the market...without exception."
Duramatic blades meet stringent quality benchmarks including dimensional tolerances, hardness standards and ductility requirements. Blades are checked by Rockwell hardness tests, bend tests and impact tests to ensure that production meets ANSI quality standards and exceeds customer expectations.
In December of 2014, Georgia Tech’s Lean Consortium hosted a statewide "Poka-Yoke" contest. Poka- Yoke is a Japanese term that means to make something mistake or error proof. The concept was to improve, invent or modify an existing process or procedure; while using creativity before capital. The Duramatic Lean Team consisted of Robert DeJarnette, James Holloway, David Murphy and Ric Schreihofer. They created a locking device that prevents carts loaded with blades from tipping over when being placed in the finishing line. This simple idea reduces the potential for injury, creates a standard process for all employees to perform the action the same way, and saves the company time and money by eliminating re-work. Using Lean Manufacturing tools, scenarios were tested and a solution was implemented. The Duramatic submission competed against manufacturers from across Georgia. Voting was a peer judged event, and Duramatic was selected as the winner in July. The team was recognized by Alan Barfoot of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership.