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Frazier & Frazier pours gray and ductile iron castings for the agriculture, energy, con- struction, power transmission, water works, heavy truck, rail, and pump and compressor industries.


McLennan said he looks at the


network from the philosophy of system complexity leads to produc- tion simplicity. “Te more complex a system is


internally, the easier it is for the people using it,” He said. “We are a lot more automated than we used to be. Our automation is not where we are eliminating people. It is more of an assistant to the people—another set of hands.” Frazier & Frazier is ISO 9001:2008. Busy technicians in the metal and green sand labs conduct tests throughout their shift and keep track of the data points to make sure they fall within specification for a given part. Tight records are kept so that in the event of a defect, Frazier & Frazier is able pinpoint for the cus- tomer when and how it occurred and the immediate steps taken to correct it. Scrap rates generally come in under 5% and often under 3%. In addition to the labs, Frazier &


Frazier uses a portable coordinate measuring machine for part layout and portable Bhn hardness testers which supports specialized customer requirements. Investments over the years—from testing to melting to employee training—are made with the goal of gaining better control for better


quality parts. According to Frazier, this emphasis will continue as the customer demands it. And that will be the company’s formula for the future. “We will grow as our customer


requires us to grow, but we are going to do it in a sustainable way,” Frazier said.


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