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4/1/2019 | 4 MINUTE READ

2019 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Shows Some Improvements and Declines

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The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey was conducted in December 2018, and was the fifth in a series of annual industry surveys. More than 45 metrics were measured in the survey, which included shops from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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The North America plating and anodizing industry saw some improvements in areas such as order lead time and first-pass quality yield in this year’s Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey. Meanwhile, a few other categories saw decreases in efficiencies from a year ago.

The Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey was conducted in December 2018, and was the fifth in a series of annual industry surveys. More than 45 metrics were measured in the survey, which included shops from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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A few takeaways from the survey results:

  • Order lead time for this year’s survey was an average of five days for all shops, which is a 28 percent improvement from the seven-day average from last year. Top Shops averaged 3.5 days, which was down from five days.
  • On-time delivery was at 90.1 percent for all shops this year, down from 92.1 from a year ago. Top Shops were also down from 99 percent a year ago to 98.1 percent in this year’s survey.
  • First-pass yield quality was at 95.3 for all shops in this year’s survey, which is a slight improvement from last year’s 94.0 success rate. Top Shops were slightly down to 97.8 percent from last year’s 99.0 percent.
  • The amount of hours shops spent each week on parts inspection rose, from 193.8 hours for all shops to 204.1 hours in this year’s survey. Top Shops’ hours improved by more than 25 percent, from 270.0 last year to 344.9 hours per week this year.
  • The number of hours that shops spent finishing parts rose only slightly, from an average of 15.2 hours per day last year to 15.4 in this year’s survey. The Top Shops dropped to 18.9 hours per week from 22.1 hours from a year ago.

Data from the survey is used to determine which shops are the 2019 Top Shops. The survey also provides participants with insight into the best practices of shops throughout North America. Shops that complete a substantial portion of the survey will receive a customized report illustrating how their responses directly compare to all surveyed shops and to the Top Shops (those whose total survey scores placed them at the top of each question). The customized reports were compiled with the help of Gardner Intelligence, which is part of Gardner Business Media, the parent company of Products Finishing.

The report includes data and statistics that will help shops formulate a plan for improvements in finishing technology, performance and practices, business strategy and human resources.

The 2019 Top Shops will be honored at the SUR/FIN Conference on June 4 in Chicago. In addition, this year’s Finishing Hall of Fame class will be honored, as well as the upcoming Products Finishing 40-Under-40 class.

Perfection Industrial Finishing
Charles Zinke, Pres.
Tucson, AZ
perfectionindustrialfinishing.com

Aircraft X-Ray Labs
Justin Guzman, Pres.
Huntington Park, CA
aircraftxray.com

Elite Metal Finishing
Dan Rose, Pres.
Oceanside, CA
elite-metalfinishing.com

Sheffield Platers
Mark Watkins, Vice Pres.
San Diego, CA
sheffieldplaters.com

Embee Processing
Jeff Conrad, GM
Santa Ana, CA
embee.com

All Metals Processing
John Crowell, Dir. of Ops.
Stanton, CA
amp-oc.com

Temecula Quality Plating
Duc Vo, Sales Mgr
Temecula, CA
temeculaplating.com

Seminole Metal Finishing
Elliott Blackwelder, Pres./CEO
Altamonte Springs, FL
smfi.net

Freedom Metal Finishing
Keith Eidschun, Pres.
Clearwater, FL
freedommetalfinishing.com

A.M. Metal Finishing
Sloane Hunter, Vice Pres.
Orlando, FL
ammetal.com

Armoloy of Illinois
Nolan Hannan, Pres.
DeKalb, IL
armoloy-il.com

Ace Anodizing
David Vaughn, Pres.
Hillside, IL
acemetalfinishing.com

Electro-Spec
Jeffrey Smith, Pres.
Franklin, IN
electro-spec.com

General Metal Finishing
Stephen Chatfield, GM
Attleboro, MA
pepgenmetal.com

Coating Systems
Arthur Sacco, Pres.
Lowell, MA
coatingsystemsgroup.com

Silvex
Phil Ridley, Pres.
Westbrook, ME
silvexinc.com

Cadillac Plating
Nick Salvati Jr., Dir. of Ops.
Warren, MI
cadillacplating.com

KC Jones Plating
Robert Burger, Pres.
Warren, MI
kcjplating.com

Marsh Plating
Matt Marsh, Pres.
Ypsilanti, MI
marshplating.com

Nico Products
Pete Waldo, CEO
Minneapolis, MN
thelindgrengroup.com

Technical Plating
Tyler Thomas, Vice Pres.
Minneapolis, MN
techplating.com

Wolkerstorfer
Steffen Wolkerstorfer, Vice Pres.
New Brighton, MN
wolkerstorfer.us

Avtec Finishing Systems
Mike Roberg, GM
New Hope, MN
thelindgrengroup.com

Microfinish​​​​​​​
William Stock, Pres.
Saint Louis, MO
microfinisco.com

Surtronics​​​​​​​
Lee Bradshaw, GM
Raleigh, NC
surtronics.com

Lincoln Industries
Marc LeBaron, Chairman/CEO
Lincoln, NE
lincolnindustries.com

AeroDynamics​​​​​​​
Cara Burzynksi, Pres.
Seabrook, NH
aerodynamicsmetalfinishing.com

Surface Technology
Michael Feldstein, Pres.
Ewing, NJ
surfacetechnology.com

Triple Cities Metal Finishing
Trevor Morgan, Vice Pres.
Binghampton, NY
tcmfcorp.com

Anoplate​​​​​​​
Jim Stevenson, Pres.
Syracuse, NY
anoplate.com

Lustrous Metal Coatings
Mike Paxos, Pres.
Canton, OH
lustrousmetal.com

Electrolizing of Ohio
Greg Marn, GM
Cleveland, OH
ecofohio.com

Techmetals​​​​​​​
Phillip Brockman, Pres.
Dayton, OH
techmetals.com

Hohman Plating
Bill Miller, CEO
Dayton, OH
hohmanplating.com

Plating Technology
Matt Raskin, GM
Dayton, OH
platingtech.com

American Metal Coatings
Konstantine Dotsikas, Pres.
Mentor, OH
americanmetal.com

Luke Engineering and Manufacturing
Chris Jurey, Pres.
Wadsworth, OH
lukeeng.com

Great Lakes Metal Finishing
David Wachter, GM
Erie, PA
goglmf.com

Punxsutawney Finishing Works
Jeffrey Grube, Pres.
Punxsutawney, PA
zincplating.com

Roy Metal Finishing
John Pazdan, Managing Partner
Conestee, SC
roymetal.com

Houston Plating and Coatings
William Howard, Jr., Chairman/CEO
South Houston, TX
houstonplating.com

Advanced Metal Finishing
Dwayne Robinson, Pres.
Roanoke, VA
amfva.com

Professional Plating
Larry Dietz, GM
Brillion, WI
proplating.com

ChromeTech of Wisconsin
Zach Henry, Production Manager
Franklin, WI
chrometech.net

Pioneer Metal Finishing
Robert Pyle, Pres./CEO
Green Bay, WI
pioneermetal.com

Green Bay Anodizing
Charles Dunhan, Pres.
Green Bay, WI
gbanodizinginc.com

Reliable Plating Works
Jaime J Maliszewski, Pres.
Milwaukee, WI
rpwinc.net

Oshkosh Plating Technologies
Aaron Johnson, Pres.
Oshkosh, WI
oshkoshplating.com

Galnik
Renato Villasenor, Director
Queretaro, Mexico
galnik.com

Censa​​​​​​​
Francisco Hornelas, GM
Tlalnepantla, Mexico
estanadora.com.mx

 

 

 

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