Ship Component Manufacturing Grows in Mexicali
TIMSA, a division of General Dynamics NASSCO, grows with quality and efficiency at their PIMSA Mexicali facility.
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
The company has two shipbuilding plants in Mexicali. It is a subsidiary of General Dynamics NASSCO, a global aerospace and defense company, with locations in 46 countries.
The excellence in quality, the reduction of time, increase of pieces assembled, and the consistent training and certification of its human talent have led TIMSA to a significant growth.
The new contracts obtained for the manufacturing of pieces for six ships, in a production cycle of eight years, will result in the expansion of 40 to 60 percent of TIMSA’s capacity.
Engineering & Quality Manager
Javier Cervantes, Engineering and Quality Manager, with 23 years in TIMSA, said that development of engineering has been one of the main activities on the continuous improvement process and emphasized that the human talent in this area will grow to efficiently support the new contracts.
“We have an important group of engineers, and we just hired 30 more. We do the drawings and manufacturing instructions in-house, through a CAD specialized software. We develop drawings with cutting and assembly instructions for every single product manufactured by TIMSA” – Javier Cervantes mentioned.
In its two Mexicali plants, TIMSA manufactures a wide range of products, such as pipe systems for fluids and gases, ventilation systems and metal fabrication; structural products as platforms, tanks, masts; doors, hatches, handrails; ladders and machinery platforms.
“It is a complex operation since we manufacture from small pieces of few pounds to structures of 45 or 50 tons; in addition, each product is unique, it is not serial production” – explained Javier Cervantes.
The Talent Development Challenge
On this matter, Javier Cervantes mentioned the training of the human talent is a great challenge as it takes two to three months of training in welding aspects and the development of blueprint reading.
Due to continuous effort on lean manufacturing and operational excellence, the corporate has been awarded three times for Excellence in Manufacturing, and two times for Excellence in Supply Chain.
TIMSA’s two facilities in Mexicali operate under commercial and military certification with global recognition, in addition to being certified in ISO-9001, OHSAS-18001 and ISO-14001.
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Source: Industrial News Baja California