There is an old story about company policy that goes as such: Subject: Company Policy Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.  Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches...

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This year Birk Manufacturing is on a mission to improve and enhance our entire Quality Management System (QMS) and align our policies, processes and procedures in place to obtain AS9100 certification. The AS9100 standard is designed to meet stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial Aerospace Industry. Over the past decade, as the company has developed and...

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As an engineer, it is more common than not, that at some point in your day someone will come to you with a problem to solve.  It is our responsibility as engineers to help people with these problems and come up with an answer, but sometimes that is not the right mentality.  Engineers have been trained that every problem has...

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Birk Manufacturing business is thermal circuits and subassemblies. This requires us to be nimble and cost effective at the same time, although, these two demands make for a challenging relationship. Most of the time being expedient is associated with substantially higher costs, due in part by the necessity to carry more inventory and having materials shipped overnight, which can be...

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The beginning of a new year ushers in the opportunity to plan for the future and set new goals and objectives which everyone will work towards achieving over the next twelve months.  Our team at Birk is well known for having high aspirations and expectations and we’re constantly seeking a new challenge to conquer. That being said, this is always...

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Here at Birk Manufacturing we have the pleasure of developing products for a vast array of applications. We have designed heaters and thermal solutions for toys and in the same month have developed heaters for space stations. In our industry we are able to provide a thermal solution anywhere an end customer may need heat. Our top industries cover the...

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This week we are planning our Physical Inventory and Christmas parties, the two apparently do not mix well. This is the time of year we rejoice and reflect on the past year, and then set a course for the New Year. Our company, as a whole, has a lot to be very thankful for, made possible by the combined efforts...

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As I sit and enjoy my lunch and the brief calm moment at my desk, I can hear the cheers and jeers of the employees playing and watching badminton in the building, a brief smile appears. By nature I am a product type guy, usually trying to build a better mouse trap or thinking about cost efficiencies, so the idea...

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This is a continuation of my blog titled Customer Service and the 5 Rules of Birk. The 5 Rules of Birk manufacturing convey basic principles we feel are fundamental to doing good business.  They are: 1 - Customer First 2 - Help Each Other 3 - Learn New Skills 4 - Communicate 5 - Have Fun BIRK RULE #2 –...

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Quality of our products and processes along with an added emphasis on continuous improvement are the way of life here at Birk. Among co-workers the term “quality” is all encompassing and means delivering a degree of excellence at every step of the way. Key performance indicators play an integral part in ensuring our quality is not only acceptable but is...

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