Next Intent

COMPANY: Next Intent
SIZE OF COMPANY: 20-49 employees; $5M-$10M in revenue
INDUSTRY: Aerospace and defense
PRIMARY PRODUCT LINE: Complex components for aerospace, spacecraft, satellite, aircraft, and defense industries
NAME OF PROJECT: Ares 1 Vibration Isolation System
PROJECT OBJECTIVE: To manufacture several iterations of engineering development units to prove to NASA that the collaborative ATK/CSA/Next Intent solution could produce a passive hardware solution to vibration problem in a short time
TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYED: SolidWorks from Dassault Systèmes, MobileMe from Apple Computer, Fanuc CNC Control, OKK CNC machine tools, M1 by Bowen & Groves
ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ROI: M1 ERP Software went live on Jan. 2, 2009, providing more control points and improved reporting of data; developed a manufacturing process for Titanium 10-2-3 forgings; increased facility size by 25% in a declining economy; passed annual ISO 9001:2000 quality audit; completed lean manufacturing and continual improvement training for all employees