Lean Machine is known to customers for problem solving. With over 35 years of combined production and engineering experience, Lean Machine applies past successes to each new project. Having created everything from sales order systems, full Department of Transportation compliance, and a full-scale lean implementation, Lean Machine knows manufacturing inside and out. The owners love manufacturing; there is nothing more exciting to the Lean Machine team than to put their years of experience to work on a customer's product.
Our process includes several steps. First, we review the project. We create rough sketches and discuss how to best process a request. We set out quality objectives and a work order so every step of the way measurements can be checked. Second, we use CAD design to digitize an assembly so we can predict the interaction of parts. We record important project details and specific part details for future reference. Then we digitally store the drawings so orders can be repeated with little difficulty.
CAM conversion links our three-dimensional models with our equipment on the shop floor; material optimization, or nesting, takes place at this stage. A final program simulation is run to ensure that the most efficient method is used to build parts. The fabrication stage involves the actual cutting, bending, welding, and assembly of the parts. To meet our quality objectives, each part is checked before it is assembled. Final measurements and objectives are checked back against the original goal.
Lean Machine started in 2006 as a small machine shop. Starting with a manual mill and eventually adding a full lineup of CNC machining equipment, Lean Machine evolved to be a full production component supply shop. In 2010, Shaun Puff and Zach Kleinsasser purchased Lean Machine, adding a full-service aluminum-fabrication department shortly after. In 2011, a new building was started, and in March of 2012 Lean Machine moved into this new facility, adding full-service steel fabrication at the same time.