Project Launch Requires Teamwork

It takes a team to launch a project!  And the Apex team is like no other!  A successful launch is to a project is an essential part of success.  In order to start off on the right foot, it takes a commitment from the entire team, and the expertise of every individual and department. We developed launch procedures that not only set projects up for success but ensure seamless workflows.  This ensures on-time deliveries and quality products. How does our process work? Let’s take a deeper look.

The first Step to Project Launch

As soon as a quote is received, the launch process begins. Sales and Engineering activate conversations throughout departments to gain insight on lead times, materials needed, etc. Once this is established internally, we communicate with our suppliers to get an accurate and cost-effective quote. With the current state of the supply chain, urgency in this process is vital. Quotes from our suppliers may only be available for 24 hours before pricing changes. This is a hurdle we face daily and have confidently learned to navigate to meet our customer’s expectations. This is not possible without the expertise, motivation, and dedication of our entire team.

The Role of Quality in Project Launch

Quality is our next area of focus in the launch process. We have specific tactics and standards in place that ensure the entire launch is executed accurately. Before products are manufactured, our quality team does several things.  They analyzes all drawings, specifications, and customer requirements to establish process parameters. It is during this time that all measuring capabilities are also reviewed.  This is to determine if new equipment will be required in order to verify part integrity. This system allows us to take a more proactive approach so we can confidently deliver on every order.

How Purchasing Participates

All the while our Purchasing Department is working diligently behind the scenes to locate the required resources for the most competitive prices.  We all know about the recent shift in raw material availability along with hefty price increases.  Because of this, our purchasing team’s supplier relationships are invaluable!

The Launch Meeting

With many moving parts, our launch meeting is where everything comes together.  During this meeting we discuss and review the whole part along with how every element of the process affects the product.  At this time the designated customer service representative sits down with the Project Manager.  They bring all of the research, quotes, and elements together to create the part in Apex’s internal system. Once all is approved, all systems are a go!  The project is launched and production process begins.   Also at this time, all of the final details, such as shipping locations and quantities, are confirmed.

Another Successful Project Launch

Without these checks and balances, Apex would not be able to provide our quality products to our customers at competitive prices. There are many more benchmarks that must be met before our products can be shipped to the final end-user but this is how it all begins. Our team is dedicated and committed to quality production in West Michigan Manufacturing.  We would love to partner with you on your next project!

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