YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., a manufacturer of zippers, plastic buckles and other hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snaps and buttons, has announced the launch of its new Solutions Group ahead of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo.
The Solutions Group aims to help manufacturers struggling with issues such as time-consuming manual processes, high scrap rate and wasted material, inconsistent quality, high inventory, multiple suppliers and rising production costs.
The new group provides consultation not only on new product development, but also manufacturing process improvement, custom machinery and assembly service. While the Solutions Group is new, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has been engaging in manufacturing process improvement for customers through its Field Technology Centers since 1978. Through working with YKK, a tactical gear manufacturer was able to achieve a 90% reduction in labor and a jeans manufacturer saved thousands of dollars annually in production costs. One automotive seat manufacturer reduced its inventory through automation provided by YKK and another improved its product design by working with YKK engineers. Several manufacturers have taken advantage of YKK’s assembly services, thereby reducing the number of suppliers.
One of YKK’s fundamental behaviors is “listen to understand,” and every consultation by YKK begins with a plant visit and listening session by a team of YKK engineers to make sure the full nature of the issues being faced are grasped before any solutions are offered. The YKK Solutions Group expects to build long-term relationships with its customers in which both parties are equal partners in devising the best solution together. YKK knows that each company is unique and therefore offers customized solutions that are the right fit for the individual needs of the client. YKK’s technical support network is strategically located across the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and Central America.
In addition to increased productivity and reduced inventory, YKK Solutions Group customers can expect improved ergonomics for their employees and a more sustainable operation as waste and energy are reduced.