Birk Manufacturing’s vision is quite clear; to become the world leader in flexible thermal solutions by supplying our customers with the highest quality design support, manufacturing capability and customer service while continuing to improve operations to lower prices and sustain competitive advantage. One of the key objectives to fulfill this lofty goal is the company-wide implementation of “lean” improvement methodologies. Lean is a set of “tools” that assist in the identification and steady elimination of waste within a process. As waste is identified and eliminated, production time and costs are reduced.  Lower costs, shorter lead times, unsurpassed quality, and exceeding customer expectations are Birk Manufacturing’s keys to remaining competitive and  increasing our presence within the marketplace.

Since the beginning of 2010, Birk Manufacturing has made huge strides in the application of lean tools and techniques such as 6S, standardization, visual management, improved process flow, batching, poka-yoke, supermarkets, Kanban and more. However, the “lean journey” is a pursuit of perfection, and because perfection does not exist, the pursuit is never ending. There are endless opportunities for continuous improvement and in order to apply lean methodology consistently and remain committed to operation excellence Birk Manufacturing has dedicated a department solely responsible for this task.

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Birk is an amazing place to work; we are a growing manufacturing company focused on continuous improvement and better serving our customers.  To help with this process I have implemented the “Rules” of Birk; the rules are posted throughout the building and are know by all.  These rules work great for Birk manufacturing and could be applied to any company.  The key to these rules is not that they are posted, it is that everyone truly believes in the meaning and purpose behind the rules.  That is the case here at Birk and because of that everyone here at Birk follow the rules because they will WANT to follow them.

Here are our rules for reference; you may use them as they are OR you may develop your own list.

1. Customer First! – This is the most important rule and is the focus of the entire company

2. Help Each Other

3. Learn New Skills

4. Communicate

5. HAVE FUN! – This rule is almost as important as #1.  I believe that if you love what you do and have fun while working you produce not only a better product but also better ideas for future improvements

We at Birk have invested heavily in Lean training and implementation over the course of the past year and the benefits can be seen throughout the entire company, from the office to the shipping bay.  These changes have helped us better serve our customers, which is our singular goal here at Birk.  These changes have also greatly improved our internal and external communications which have helped make us a much more efficient company.

1.      Q:           How do I calculate what wattage I will need to reach the my operating temp?

A:           We here at Birk can help you with that.  There are many factors which go into a wattage calculation including: the heat sink material, the ambient room temperature in which the heater will be operating etc. We make custom heaters everyday so our engineers can work with you to calculate the correct wattage needed for your application.