At W, we aim for global preeminence in three areas of precision fabrication: product quality, production efficiency, and customer value. If that sounds audacious, it’s because it is. Here’s how we do it.
Is three-pronged and persistent:
Modern manufacturing is high tech, and tech evolves quickly. We evolve with it, continuously investing in leading-edge equipment and equipment training. Over the past 24 months, we have upgraded or replaced nearly every mission critical aspect of our facility.
Accommodating best-in-class tech takes space. In fact, W maintains some of the country’s largest naval sea manufacturing facilities, extending 185’ under crane and spanning 451,000 ft2 of floor space.
That space multiplies the impact of our immense machining capabilities, enabling W to execute large-scale orders in parallel, rain or shine. W technicians focus on precision, undistracted by wind or glare; customers enjoy lower risk, shorter lead time, and greater scalability.
Our on-site access to rail, road, and deep water transit increases final product optionality. By eliminating delivery constraints, there is almost no job too big for W.
- Voortman v808
Manually processing beams is a time and labor intensive task. W’s 8 axis Voortman V808 can automatically bevel, cope, and cut beams up to 40 feet long and 24 inches in height. This saves precious time and skilled labor; a savings that passes on to W’s clientele.
- VF-11/50 Cutter
Outfitted with best in class equipment, our CNC machining center processes multiple jobs in parallel without sacrificing the exacting tolerances of our clients.
- Messer Slagger
Cutting large sheet metal can be a challenge, but not for this machine. Our Messer Slagger cuts through up to six inch plate like butter. With three heads mounted on a 15 by 50 foot table, there’s almost no job we can’t accommodate.
Industrial laser projectors guide our fitting, providing blueprint level accuracy throughout the fabrication process.
- Leica Absolute
Absolute six-degree-of-freedom trackers measure dimensional accuracy, ensuring client tolerances every step of the way.
- Magnetic Particle Inspection
Manual tests confirm ferromagnetic continuity and weld integrity.
Press breaks, like this 1,500 ton example, bend and straighten high tensile metals with extreme accuracy.
Despite their 25-40 ton lift capacity, 12 overhead cranes offer exquisite load control, deftly moving components indoors and out.
- Paint & blast
Lighting, manometry, and filtration upgrades to our booth and blast system ensure even, precise finishes.
While technology makes our work possible, the expertise with which we deploy it sets W apart. Executing precision fabrication means continuously upskilling while maintaining exacting consistency. W invests in knowledge development, cross training, and certification to assure products of unsurpassed quality, scale, and value. An ingrained culture of ongoing learning puts our workforce among the most certified and credentialed in the industry.
Once completed, W’s new dedicated training facility will support ongoing employee training and cross-training in welding, fitting, inspections, programming, and management.
Obsessive process optimization
We have a thoroughly optimized process from receipt of order to delivery of the finished product at our customers doorstep using our Lean Philosophy and our Vision of always bringing First Time Quality to our Customers.
The Process Begins with our Manufacturing Design and Process Design Engineers. These talented individuals create an efficient job process breakdown, visual shop aids to support an easy visual build process and our Process Design Engineers to create our internal Digital files to cut, machine, shape, prep and finish our metal ready to deliver to our teams.
From there our Fitter/Welder/Quality teams follow the detailed job process while tracking progress with our ERP system. These teams consistently own their outcomes and the success of their individual teams. Once done they hand off to our blast and paint team who professionally finish the product and make it ready for shipment. A final inspection, close out of the work and delivery to our customer via truck, rail or barge.
Our process involves teamwork, consistent application of proven processes and a culture of continuous improvement.