A major international corporation approached Lap Tech to provide finishing services for ceramic components used in leading brands of washerless faucets. These components needed to meet stringent quality targets for both flatness and surface finish in order for faucets to operate trouble-free for many years.
Lap Tech analyzed the component specific ceramic material, sice, shape and required dimensions. They identified the key challenge of achieving the critical surface finish without imparting stresses that could cause micro fractures in the ceramic. A custom-made part carrier was developed for use in the fine grinding machine. The parts were produced in a great manner.
After several years of providing parts, the supplier decided to begin using a Chinese finishing company for price reasons. But they began to experience very high levels of part failures as the new suppliers struggled to meet the exacting tolerances without damaging the part.
The customer then decided to switch the parts back to Lap Tech, which developed to several production innovations that further increased production speeds and reduced costs without hurting quality. In addition, Lap Tech established a JIT stocking program at their facility in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, in order to provide 100% on-time delivery and reduce the customersê inventory cost.
Lap Tech has the experience and manufacturing capability to compete effectively in the global marketplace. We work closely with our customers, both large and small, as a world-class supplier supporting their success.