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Graphicast and NH MEP Mold Successful Business Plan
New Techniques Help Company Create Hundreds of Yearly Production

JAFFREY, NH - Graphicast in Jaffrey is the preeminent company in the field of developing and using graphite mold casting technology to produce precision metal parts for use in products like computers, video imaging equipment and speaker components.

The company reached the top of its field by using the highest quality manufacturing techniques. Graphicast prides itself on rapid turnaround of quality products, but they recognized there is always room for improvement and called upon the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP) to help them make changes.

"We brought the NH MEP in with an initial focus of reducing set-up time in the machining process for parts," said Val Zanchuk, Graphicast's president. "They worked with our management and our employees to implement Time Wise Principles of Lean Manufacturing, drastically increasing our run-time and our capacity to machine more product, and decreasing overtime expenses."

The NH MEP team worked with the Graphicast employees to reduce setup time in specific areas by reducing waste and improving their setup process, which cut setup time in half and increased equipment availability to produce more products."

Since the project began, Graphicast has increased run time by almost 500 hours over past practices, creating the capacity to machine over $50,000 of product.

Graphicast and NH MEP recently completed a second training session and have plans to collaborate on additional projects in the future.