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  1. How Our Inspection Process Promises Quality Precision Machining

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    In the precision machining world, there’s little room for error. Whether manufacturing a lens housing for an optics customer or a plastic piston ring, we’re committed to delivering quality at all times.

    Peerless Precision’s rigorous inspection process—run by an experienced team using top-tier equipment—ensures customers always get what they ask for.

    To achieve truly peerless results, our inspection starts when we receive a purchase order and ends when parts leave our shop. As an AS9100 machine shop, we maintain AS9100 quality standards, whether or not parts require it.

    Because to us, quality isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a promise.

    Our 6 Stages of Inspection for Precision Machining

    We implement six inspection checkpoints to guarantee part quality. It’s not enough for parts to meet the minimum requirements—we’re determined to exceed customer expectations.

    Here are the six stages of our inspection process:

    1. Purchase order review

    We thoroughly inspect each PO to ensure all customer needs will be met and parts are designed for efficient manufacturing. Our engineering, quality, and production department leads sign off on POs before production begins.

    2. Material certifications

    Our inspection department reviews raw material certifications to ensure the grade, composition, and relevant specifications match the customer’s request. We call the material supplier to request a replacement if we receive raw material that doesn’t meet all the criteria.

    3. First part approval

    We check the first part we’re precision machining after each operation to ensure measurements align with the design specifications. If the measurements match, the operator continues manufacturing parts. If not, we repeat the process until we get the measurements correct. Machines are calibrated yearly on a rotating basis to ensure tools remain accurate.

    4. In-progress checks

    As parts run through machines, operators measure the most recent machined parts to ensure correct measurements. Machines can quickly go out of tolerance, and by checking consistently throughout the order, we can catch errors before a whole order is compromised.

    5. Specialized treatment evaluation

    Our inspection team measures parts before and after sending them to a third-party vendor for a specialized process like heat treating or plating. We also check treatment certifications to verify the processed parts meet customer specifications.

    6. First article inspection report

    We inspect 100% of the parts made for first-time part orders to provide a first article report. Customers receive an in-depth report containing the dimensions of every part in the order, which they check against the received parts. When customers repeat part orders, we only inspect a sample of the final parts. The customer dictates the sample amount.

    The Inspection Tools of an AS9100 Machine Shop

    One of our shop specialties is achieving minuscule tolerances ranging from 0.0001” to 0.000005.” But with such small measurements, there’s hardly any room for error. A variance of even 0.005” can cause parts with tight tolerances to fail.

    That’s why we rigorously inspect part tolerances using our wide range of tools, from standard gauge blocks to cylindricity measuring machines. We regularly invest in the newest technology to better serve our customers.

    Here are some of our state-of-the-art inspection tools:

    • Air gauging equipment for inspecting inner diameters
    • Laser micrometers for performing precise measurements up to six decimal places
    • Keyence instant measurement systems to speed up the inspection of priority parts by generating 99 measurement points in 3.5 seconds
    • Cylindricity measurement machines to verify precise part roundness

    Regular equipment calibration

    At Peerless Precision, we calibrate our tools every year to maintain their accuracy. We schedule calibrations on a rotating basis to ensure we can still complete orders in a timely manner.

    Quality People Are the Key to Success in Precision Machining

    Behind our advanced, finely calibrated machines is a team of experts. We hired dedicated, seasoned inspectors to ensure we live up to the name “Peerless Precision.”

    Our quality manager has over four decades of experience in quality assurance for manufacturing, and our lead inspector brings 30 years of experience. The rest of our team benefits from the guidance of these two industry experts.

    Delivering quality parts to quality people

    Our in-depth inspection process goes above and beyond to provide exceptional parts to customers. Combined with our dedicated team and state-of-the-art equipment, we do more than manufacture—we perfect.

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  2. Why Machine Shops Should Build a Network with Each Other

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    No machine shop wants to turn away customers. However, if the work is beyond a shop’s capabilities, it’s not good business practice to take the job and deliver subpar results.

    Fortunately, there’s a third option—one we frequently turn to at Peerless Precision: collaboration between shops. When shops collaborate, we can build partnerships that work off each other’s strengths and manufacture high-quality parts—no matter the requirements. Everyone wins.

    Keep reading to find out how we support other shops—and when we know it’s time to reach out and call on other shops for their support.

    How Peerless Precision Supports Other Machine Shops

    Shops often call on Peerless Precision for our expertise in manual machining methods and finishing processes, tight tolerance parts, prototypes, and low-volume orders.

    Manual machining methodsMachine Shop Network

    The machinists at Peerless Precision are experts in manual machining—a skill that’s becoming more difficult to find. While budding machinists are taught manual methods initially, they soon move on to CNC machining. This transition leaves little time to develop the feel of manual machining, which can take years. We continuously train our machinists on manual methods so we can perform this type of work for our customers.

    Manual machining has many advantages, including short turnaround times. The process involves fewer steps than CNC methods and requires no programming. Manual machining is also ideal for smaller projects, a major focus area for our shop.

    Tight tolerances for defense and aerospace machining

    A part is considered to have a tight tolerance when its permitted variance is plus or minus 0.002-0.001”. Even a slight variance of 0.005” can lead to part failure and potentially result in severe damage. With our expertise, our team can achieve tolerances from 0.0001” to 0.000005”—a range often required for medical, aeronautics, and aerospace machining.

    Prototypes and low-volume orders

    Some job shops turn down orders for five, 10, or 25 parts because they prefer high-volume work involving thousands of parts. However, our machinists have decades of experience focused on prototypes and low-volume production. Our problem-solving and critical-thinking skills allow us to build partnerships with our customers to meet their small order needs with quality, efficiency, flexibility, and speed.

    Manual finishing processes

    Our shop specializes in cylindrical grinding, lapping, and honing. We work with two different honing technologies, including our Sunnen ML-4000 machine. We also have two types of lapping capabilities: match lapping and roll lapping. These manual finishing processes are ideal for high-precision parts common in medical, optical, defense, and aerospace machining.

    When We Seek Outside Support from Other Shops

    We reach out to our network of precision machining partners for several reasons. Sometimes, a piece of material may be too big for our machines, so we contact another shop that can handle it. Other times, capacity becomes an issue. We may subcontract mill and lathe work to another shop when we see a bottleneck brewing.

    With this flexibility, we can ensure our customers get the parts they need when they need them. Working with other shops also improves our ability to control costs—though that’s been challenging in the past few years because of supply chain issues and cost increases across the board in areas like utilities, labor, and materials.

    While we enjoy working with other businesses, not every precision machining shop is willing to join forces. They worry another company will steal their customers. But we believe churn won’t be an issue if you provide excellent service. It’s all about trust. We work with shops we know and have good relationships with to fill each other gaps and keep customers in the region.

    Learn more about working with our team by requesting a quote today.

  3. 4 Resources to Help You Select the Right Material for Your Parts

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    At Peerless Precision, we’re invested in helping you create the best precision machined parts you can find in aerospace, medical, commercial optics, and American defense manufacturing.

    And that starts with identifying the right material for your application. If you don’t do your homework, you could end up with unsatisfactory results.

    Use these four blogs as your resources to understand the differences between popular materials and the types of applications each material is best suited for.

    1. Is A286 Stainless Steel Right for Your Application?

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    A286 stainless steel is a precipitation-hardenable superalloy that’s challenging to machine. It’s commonly used for parts such as bushings, gas turbines, and screws. The benefits of A286 stainless steel include strength, corrosion resistance, and non-magnetic properties. Drawbacks involve weight, sourcing, and cost.

    Our shop knows A286 machining is an essential service for our customers. Over the years, we’ve learned how to make the process as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

    Keep reading.

    2. Superior Tungsten Machining at Peerless Precision

    Tungsten, one of the most resilient elements worldwide, is a dependable material for various manufacturing applications that confront intense environments. With the highest boiling point among all chemical elements and the second-highest melting point (surpassed only by carbon), this material can withstand up to 6,192 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Our team has worked hard to become experts in tungsten machining because of its suitability for American defense manufacturing. It requires exceptional expertise for machinists to handle this material effectively.

    Keep reading.

    3. What It Takes to Excel at Titanium Machining

    Titanium is ideal when durability and exceptional fatigue life are crucial for your parts. This versatile material has a remarkably high tensile strength-to-weight ratio, weighing half as much as stainless steel and nearly 30% stronger. Titanium is also renowned for its resistance to rust and corrosion.

    Peerless possesses the capabilities, equipment, and personnel to tackle the most challenging titanium jobs. Typical applications include medical, aerospace, automotive, defense, water and energy, and commercial optics.

    Keep reading.

    4. Peerless Precision Specializes in Invar Parts for Optical Machining

    Finding a shop that will quote parts made from Invar can be challenging. This material is a nickel-based non-magnetic alloy with a multitude of beneficial properties. Invar is resistant to temperature variations, weather conditions, and corrosion.

    Invar parts used in commercial optics and optical machining must be flawless. Our shop takes extra precautions—such as implementing additional QA measures and using special shipping materials—to ensure your parts are pristine when you receive them.

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    Materials Matter: Understand Which Material Your Part Requires

    Knowing which type of material best suits your part is one of the most critical steps in aerospace, medical, commercial optics, and American defense manufacturing.

    Once you’ve identified the right material for your needs, our team of experts can machine that material and provide you with the highest-quality parts. And if you need additional support we can’t provide ourselves, our MA machine shop can set you up with one of our suppliers to offer guidance.

    Request a quote for our custom CNC milling and turning services today.

  4. The Pros and Cons of Castings

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    Are you considering castings for your next part order?

    Depending on your needs, hogouts—parts machined out of a solid block of material—could be a better solution.

    Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of castings and why our AS9100 machine shop leans toward precision machining hogouts.

    Castings vs. Hogouts: How Each Process Works

    Casting is a manufacturing process that creates parts in near net shape (NNS). In other words, the part is as close in size and shape to the finished product as possible.

    During casting, molten metal is poured into a mold, where it solidifies into the shape of the mold. The process typically involves these steps:

    • Pattern creationpros and cons of castings
    • Mold making
    • Molten metal pouring
    • Solidification and cooling
    • Removal and finishing

    Creating a hogout involves removing material from a solid block to achieve the desired form. The process typically involves these steps:

    • Material selection
    • Workpiece preparation
    • Rough machining
    • Semi-finishing and finishing
    • Inspection and quality control
    • Additional operations

    Both processes can produce quality parts. So, which one is better? Let’s examine some of the pros and cons of castings compared to hogouts.

    The Pros of Castings

    Less material waste

    When a casting is complete, there’s no leftover material. The exact amount of metal needed to fill the mold is used to create the part. Since the precision machining process used to create a hogout is subtractive, more material is required.

    Reduced precision machining time

    Castings require significantly less precision machining than hogouts. By the time a casting reaches our AS9100 machine shop, most of the work is done because the base shape has already been achieved.

    No need for assembly

    Sometimes, a part needs to be assembled from more than one hogout. With casting, it’s possible to consolidate multiple pieces into just one.

    The Cons of Castings

    Longer lead times

    Ongoing issues like supply chain disruptions and the manufacturing labor shortage are delaying casting orders. It used to take 3-6 months to get molds. Now, it can take a year or more.

    Quality issues

    Castings are prone to quality issues you don’t have to worry about with hogouts. With a casting, we could be 95% done with post-casting precision machining operations and have to scrap the part because of an air pocket. There may also be divots on the part’s surface that precision machining cannot fix.

    What to Do When You Need Castings

    If you’re intent on getting castings, our AS9100 machine shop is happy to work with you on your project. We simply like to be transparent about the issues that can arise when choosing this route. If possible, we ask that you supply us with the casting that you need machined. However, once you have chosen and approved a casting supplier, we can manage the purchasing process from the designated supplier.

    Even better: consider modifying your part design to transition from castings to hogouts. We always prefer to machine parts from solid materials and find that hogouts are much more consistent in quality than castings.

    Looking to the Future…

    One of the most exciting things about manufacturing is that it’s always evolving. In the future, additive manufacturing may be an alternative solution to castings and hogouts.

    Our team uses plastic 3D printers at Peerless Precision, but the technology isn’t quite there yet for it to offer a viable alternative to castings and hogouts.

    For now, we’re happy to discuss your casting or hogout needs. Request a quote from our AS9100 machine shop today.

  5. Plastic CNC Machining Services at Peerless Precision

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    Have you been turned away by job shops that avoid machining plastic?

    Many shops will only work with metal because plastic can clog up machines. Moving metal through the coolant system and filters is a much cleaner process.

    At Peerless Precision, we’re happy to discuss your plastic machining needs. We have a filtering system to prevent clogging and machines dedicated to plastics. And we’re always up for a challenge!

    Here are some common materials we use when providing plastic CNC machining services and a quick look at their benefits and applications.


    Onyx™ is a micro carbon fiber-filled nylon. This strong, tough, and chemically resistant material can be reinforced with continuous fibers to produce aluminum-strength parts. We use a 3D printer to create parts from Onyx, then finish them using CNC machining processes. Common applications include plastic part replacements, housing, sensor mounts, and cosmetic prototypes.


    G-10 is a glass-epoxy laminate known for its exceptional strength and high dimensional stability over temperature. It has a high level of electrical insulation and a low water absorption rate. G-10 is durable, affordable, and easy to work with. Typical applications include terminal boards, high humidity applications, electrical and electronic test equipment, and electric rotor insulation.


    Vespel® is a high-performance polyimide resin. ​​This material can withstand extreme temperatures (hot and cold) and is often used in high-heat conditions where thermoplastics lose mechanical properties. Vespel has a low and consistent thermal expansion coefficient and excellent creep characteristics, allowing parts to be machined to tight tolerances. Common aerospace and space applications include bearings, bushings, valve seats and seals, and thermal isolators.


    Polyurethane is a material made from polymers and urethane. It’s resistant to abrasion, heat, solvents, oil, and acid. We generally order polyurethane in 3’-12’ round bars, which we run through our lathe and finish with a precision toolroom lathe. Since polyurethane is excellent for high-load and high-stress environments, typical applications include conveyor belt systems and aerospace components such as sleeves.


    ryton tube plastic cnc machining services

    Ryton® is a high-performance thermoplastic that’s resistant to high temperatures and chemicals. It has high dimensional stability, which offers a rigidity that other plastics don’t. Ryton is flame retardant and high-stress cracking resistant. Common applications include electronics, automotive, aerospace, and chemical.


    ​​Rulon® is a low-friction, self-lubricating plastic. It has excellent abrasion resistance and can be used in a wide range of temperatures (-400 degrees Fahrenheit to 550 degrees Fahrenheit). We primarily use Rulon J in two different forms: bars and sheets. However, we have access to all grades. Typical applications include seals, piston rings, and bearings.


    PEEK is a high-performance plastic that’s highly resistant to harsh chemicals. It’s also hydrolysis resistant to steam, water, and seawater. PEEK maintains stiffness at high temperatures and can withstand environments up to 338 degrees Fahrenheit. Common applications include space, aerospace, oil and gas, food and beverage processing, and semiconductor.

    Get the Parts You Need with Our Plastic CNC Machining Services

    Are you looking to create a prototype? Plastic can be a great alternative to metal during prototyping. Although a plastic prototype won’t function like the final metal part, you’ll have the opportunity to test fit and form quickly and cost-effectively.

    Whatever your project requirements, our machine shop in MA will work with you to make the parts you need from your desired materials. Request a quote for our plastic CNC machining services today.

  6. A One-Stop Shop for Prototypes and Low-Volume Production

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    Has a job shop ever turned down your order because you only needed 10 parts—not 10,000?

    You’re not alone.

    Our team talks with many prospective customers at networking events and trade shows. One point of frustration that comes up over and over again is that businesses struggle to find a manufacturing partner to take on orders of five, 10, or 25 parts because most shops only want high-volume work.

    We assure these prospective customers that Peerless Precision will never no-quote small-quantity jobs. In fact, prototyping and low-volume production are our specialties, and we’ve excelled at these projects for years.

    When our prototype machine shop works on a small order, we can build a partnership with the customer and learn the best way to support their overall manufacturing needs—a winning situation for everyone involved.

    Prototypes and Low-Volume Production

    3 Reasons to Work with Peerless Precision for Prototyping and Low-Volume Production

    Our prototype machine shop has the passion and expertise to take your project from prototype to low-volume production. Here are some of the advantages of working with our team:

    1. Quality and efficiency

    Prototyping is a challenge our shop enjoys. We know the first version will never be the last. This intimate, repetitive process allows our team to work with a customer through several iterations to create the highest-quality part.

    When it’s time to move from prototype to low-volume production, the transition is seamless and efficient because we’ve already solved the design challenges and know the part well.

    2. Flexibility and speed

    Low-volume production keeps Peerless Precision team members on their toes. Taking on small-quantity orders one after the other creates agility and flexibility, improving our ability to meet customer requirements and delivery schedules.

    Since a single part doesn’t tie up our machines for six months, we can easily find a spot in the schedule to fit in the next job.

    3. Intellectual property protection

    Prototyping requires access to a customer’s intellectual property (IP). Protecting this sensitive information is a responsibility our AS9100 and ISO-certified machine shop doesn’t take lightly. We adhere to high standards to secure your IP.

    For instance, we only allow authorized team members to see your prototype information. If an employee isn’t directly involved with your project, they don’t get access to the prints.

    Your One-Stop Prototype Machine Shop

    Some customers want to get prototypes and low-volume parts the fastest and cheapest way possible. Unfortunately, rushing the process often means bypassing critical steps, which can result in low-quality parts. Remember: it’s almost always more expensive to rework parts than to get them right the first time.

    If you want top-quality prototypes optimized for manufacturing, work with a prototype machine shop like Peerless Precision. With decades of experience specializing in prototypes and low-volume production, we’ve developed strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that enable us to provide optimal value to our customers.

    There’s very little we can’t do—and in the rare event that we don’t feel confident about a project, we’ll be honest with you about it up front.

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  7. How Peerless Precision Facilitates Flawless Anodized Finishes

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    Anodizing is a common finishing service that many customers request from our AS9100 machine shop.

    The electrochemical anodizing process applies an anodic oxide finish to the metal surface of parts made from aluminum or other nonferrous metals to enhance corrosion resistance, durability, and aesthetic appearance. Standard anodizing types include Type I-Chromic Acid Anodize, Type II-Sulfuric Acid Anodize, and Type III Hard Anodize.

    Anodized finishes

    Customers typically request anodizing for two reasons:

    1. To protect a part’s surface from the effects of harsh weather, salt, temperature extremes, and other environmental factors.
    2. To provide an aesthetically appealing coating. Anodize is available in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

    Anodizing is a specialty service that Peerless Precision outsources to trusted plating vendors. When a customer needs this service, we project manage the entire process, maintaining open communication with the customer and the plating shop to ensure high-quality results.

    A Network of Trusted Anodizing Vendors

    Our AS9100 machine shop has a network of approved vendors who we trust to anodize parts to our high standards. Due to the size of this network, we have the opportunity to select the vendor best suited for each customer’s anodizing specifications.

    Many of our defense and aerospace machining customers must verify that a plating shop meets specific criteria before we can send parts for anodizing. We’re happy to work with plating companies to obtain these customer approvals when necessary.

    Maintaining Our High Standards

    Anodizing draws out any flaws on the material’s surface. Even the slightest fingerprints could become permanent eyesores after the finish is applied. This issue is most prevalent with clear or light-colored anodized finishes.

    To proactively avoid receiving parts from anodizing vendors that don’t meet our standards, our team is strict about how vendors handle our customers’ parts. For example, we only work with plating houses whose employees wear cotton gloves on top of nitrile gloves. Doubling up on gloves prevents fingerprints from “sweating” through and affecting the part’s surface.

    Our shop also performs annual quality surveys with each vendor as part of our ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 certifications. We assign quality and on-time delivery scores to ensure our anodizing partners continuously meet our high standards.

    Most importantly, we approach vendor relationships collaboratively and communicatively. We’re fully invested in our vendors’ success because if one of us fails, we all fail (our shop, our vendor, and our end customer).

    If you need an anodized finish for your parts, you can trust Peerless Precision and our vendor network to deliver. Request a quote from our AS9100 machine shop today.

  8. How AS9100 and ISO Certifications Benefit Every Peerless Precision Customer

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    Peerless Precision is proud to be AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015-certified through 2024.

    That statement may not mean much if you don’t require your manufacturing partner to uphold these certifications. But the truth is that all our customers benefit from the standards we must meet to secure and maintain these credentials.

    Here’s what our status as an AS9100 and ISO-certified machine shop means for you.

    What Are AS9100 and ISO Certifications?

    AS9100 and ISO certifications Tight Tolerances

    AS9100 is the standard for designing, developing, or providing products and services specifically for the aviation, space, and defense industries. This includes parts, components, and assemblies.

    ISO addresses various aspects of quality management for organizations regardless of industry. This standard is based on “principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement.” More than 1 million organizations and companies in more than 170 countries are ISO-certified.

    Both AS9100 and ISO offer guidelines for organizations that want to improve the quality of products and consistently meet customer expectations. These standards establish rules throughout the entire manufacturing process, from providing a quote to the final part inspection.

    When are AS9100 and ISO certifications essential?

    Maintaining AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications is critical for businesses whose customers require these certifications. For example, aerospace and defense customers won’t partner with shops without AS9100 certifications. These standards guarantee customers get the same quality management procedures no matter which shop they choose.

    How AS9100 and ISO Certifications Benefit Every Customer

    Peerless Precision started the process of becoming an ISO and AS9100 machine shop before our customers required such standards. Our president Kristin Carlson’s late father saw the demand for these certifications coming and knew that Peerless should get ahead of the game.

    Not every customer requires us to possess ​​AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications. However, because we already have processes in place to maintain these standards, we follow ​​AS9100 and ISO guidelines for every part we make to achieve the highest quality.

    Our shop adheres to AS9100 and ISO standards in the following areas:

    • Contract reviews
    • Material purchasing
    • Raw material certifications
    • Traceability
    • Inspection point guidelines (first part approvals, in-process inspections, and final inspections)

    AS9100 and ISO standards are so ingrained into our services that our shop won’t even quote a part if we can’t inspect it properly! In some cases, that means acquiring specialized gauging or equipment for the inspection process.

    AS9100 and ISO-Certified Machined Shops Produce High-Quality Parts

    Being an AS9100 and ISO-certified machine shop allows Peerless Precision to provide the highest quality parts for all our customers.

    Even if your business isn’t in the aerospace and American defense manufacturing industry, you can take advantage of the exceptional standards set by these certifications.

    Use our secure form to request a quote for our CNC machining services today. We’ll respond to you within 24 hours.

  9. Work Hard, Play Harder: A Look Inside the Culture of Peerless Precision

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    “I had no idea how many closet bakers I had in this company who are making recipes from the heart—not reading recipes like I do.”

    That’s what Peerless Precision’s president, Kristin Carlson, discovered during the company’s three-week holiday bake-off. The event is one of many fun activities the MA machine shop plans to repeat for its workers.

    As a Peerless Precision employee, you don’t just clock in and clock out. Instead, you become part of a team that works hard and plays harder. Take a look inside the culture of our ISO-certified machine shop.

    What Distinguishes Peerless Precision’s Culture

    Here’s a brief overview of what sets our culture apart:

    Fun events

    The team at Peerless Precision gets the job done while having a little fun in the process. In addition to the holiday bake-off—which had 95% participation from our MA machine shop— employees also enjoyed holiday parties and time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. These perks give employees a chance to get to know each other better at work and unwind with their families at home.

    We’re planning more fun events on our calendar, too. There’s talk of a chili cookoff for the Super Bowl in February and a rib cookoff during the summer. Plus, it’s not unheard of for Kristin to shut down the shop for an afternoon and take the team ax throwing as a stress reliever.

    Interesting work

    The work at Peerless Precision is interesting because it’s not monotonous. We don’t do high-volume production, so moving on to the next job is always a new experience.

    Our management team continuously looks for ways to improve our aerospace machining and American defense manufacturing services—and we always welcome new ideas from our workers. We’re even introducing an employee engagement survey to learn how to enhance the work environment.

    Continuous growth

    Peerless Precision is constantly growing. As we bring in new customers—and get more work from current customers—we plan to expand our team.

    Although we have employees in our ISO-certified machine shop getting ready to retire, new hires can learn from these experienced workers before they leave and complete a smooth transition.

    Team-Building Is a Priority a Peerless Precision

    We designed Peerless Precision’s culture this way to promote team-building. Exciting projects and growth opportunities keep employees engaged. Fun activities allow them to find common ground and interests.

    Let’s face it: when employees like each other, they work together better. And a team with a long history of collaboration takes excellent care of its customers.

    How Our Culture Benefits Precision Machining Customers

    Fostering a positive culture unites Peerless Precision employees as a team. Personal connections make workers want to stick around the shop for a long time. Our employee tenure ranges from three to nearly 30 years, with an average span of 10 to 15 years.

    The longer employees stay with us, the more experienced they become with our equipment. They also learn more about our customers and the best ways to meet their needs. Over time, employees become more efficient at producing quality parts.

    Quality begins with employees who care, and our employees care about the work, their team, and our customers.

    Join Our Team!

    Peerless Precision is the place for you if you’re looking for a shop that has fun, values hard work, and encourages growth.

    Check out our careers page for the latest openings at our ISO-certified machine shop.

    Or contact us to learn how to start your career at Peerless Precision.

  10. How Lean Office Training Benefits Manufacturing Customers

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    When you think of Lean manufacturing, you probably associate it with improving efficiency and productivity on the precision machine shop floor. But manufacturers actually apply this methodology to many business areas.

    Peerless Precision began incorporating Lean manufacturing principles on the shop floor in 2014, and we’ve been continuously improving ever since. Now, we’re expanding these ideas by conducting Lean office training, with plans to progress to Lean leadership training next.

    This efficiency boost will impact our business and, more importantly, customers like you. Here’s how.

    Lean Manufacturing in Practice

    We use the Lean methodology to identify, reduce, and eliminate waste, which speeds up our response times and increases product value for our customers.

    The Lean methodology inspires us to ask questions, such as:

    • How are we doing this task?
    • Why are we doing this task this way?
    • Is there a better way to complete this task?

    Questioning the status quo and being open to new ideas enables us to see the full scope of what’s possible with our internal processes.

    We can’t alter some processes because of quality certifications and customer requirements. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of opportunities to reduce waste in precision machining.

    Here are eight areas of waste, according to Lean manufacturing principles:

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    • Inventory
    • Motion
    • Waiting
    • Overproduction
    • Over-processing
    • Defects
    • Under or unutilized talent

    When we use Lean manufacturing principles to eliminate waste in these areas, we streamline processes, reduce overhead, and cut costs. Benefits from these improvements inevitably trickle down to our customers.

    Lean Office Training Examples

    Here’s how we’re using Lean to optimize office workflows and improve customer service.

    Example #1: Revamping our quoting process

    Peerless Precision takes pride in our customer-friendly precision machining quoting process. We aim to have all the necessary information before quoting a part. This effort takes time, but we’re working to accelerate the process wherever possible.

    Using Lean to review all the steps we take to provide a quote, we can see where to replace or cut steps that don’t offer substantial value. As a result, you get your quote faster. But rest assured, we’ll never sacrifice quality and accuracy for speed.

    Example #2: Providing job status updates

    Several years ago, Peerless Precision began using an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to automate and manage our core processes. This significant upgrade from Excel spreadsheets gave us greater job status visibility. Now, we’re going a step further.

    Lean manufacturing principles help us speed up our customer response time. For example, if you request an update on the status of your job, a manager can reference the ERP system for this information. Then, they can determine the next steps and send you a plan of action. We’ve found that this level of transparency greatly improves customer satisfaction.

    Simply put, with Lean training, you can expect better service from Peerless Precision—from the shop floor to the back office.

    When our team runs like a well-oiled machine, we can serve our customers faster and more efficiently.

    Request a quote for our precision machining services today using our secure form. We’ll respond to your request within 24 hours.