Calumet Electronics is now in its 49th year of operation manufacturing high-performance circuit
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part of the world is reflected in our hard-working and innovative people. Our small-town pride in
quality comes through in our world-class product. We invest in our people and technology so we
can continue to expand our capabilities while maintaining our reputation for top performance.
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Vendor Managed Inventory Program Great Benefit to CEC Customers
CALUMET, MI – Calumet Electronics Corporation, a leader in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) fabrication and related engineering solutions, has transcended the “talk” of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) programs. Calumet has built the program over twenty years, which has allowed them to cross-link automation, systems integration and systemic best practices.
VMI represents finished goods (or custom-fabricated PCBs, in this case) assembled in advance of scheduled need and held in inventory by Calumet, providing real-time access at the customer’s discretion. While the program requires resources to manage, allocation of real estate to maintain, and systems to ensure efficient execution, VMI offers substantial added value for customers. For Calumet Electronics, it assists with leveling production.
Here is how the On Demand PCB VMI program works: Calumet works with customers to define part numbers or programs with stable designs and volume requirements. Parts are then fabricated, tested and packaged to each customer’s specification. Finished goods are packaged with deliverables that may include a variety of criteria as specified by NADCAP, AS9100, MIL 31032, IPC CLASS 3, ITAR and other requirements driven by the customer. Finished goods are stored on-site at Calumet Electronics’ expense until the customer needs them. After orders are placed product is then pulled and shipped the same day. This ensures product lead times are limited to transit time and customers can free up valuable storage space typically allocated for finished goods inventory.
“Our financial strength coupled with smart transactional systems allows us to anticipate customer demand on qualified parts. This permits us to produce to meet future demand at our discretion to optimize level production with enhanced throughput. To the customer’s benefit, this provides instant access (on demand) to shelf-stock that ships at the customer’s discretion. Further, replenishment parts are in the pipeline to ensure continuous flow, consistent with terms defined by the customer,” says Sean Binder, National Sales Manager at Calumet Electronics.
Calumet’s On Demand PCB VMI program is mutually beneficial. “Programs supported by Calumet Electronics’ On Demand PCB represent a win-win for both the customer and our production scheduling team,” said Binder. Calumet Electronics benefits from longer term manufacturing visibility with enhanced linear demand on production. Customers, on the other hand, realize multiple benefits: instant access to finished goods at their discretion with near-zero lead time (shipping and logistics only). More important, the customer benefits from price stability and predictability, stable terms and conditions, and quantifiable cash flow improvement.
Since its founding in 1968, Calumet Electronics has focused on high-quality PCB engineering and fabrication solutions in North America aimed at applications that require zero failure and zero downtime. Calumet’s customers design and manufacture systems for industrial controls, power grid management, life support, medical diagnostics, avionics, aerospace, and the military.
Family Ties at Calumet Electronics
Theresa Peters is a great example of the strong ties we at Calumet Electronics have with our local community. For nearly 50 years Calumet Electronics has been a leading employer in the area so it is not unusual that family members work together in our plant. Both of Teresa’s parents worked on our team and currently two of her cousins and Aunt work here. Teresa says, “it’s like a community within a community.” That’s something we are proud of and something that inspires all of us to do our best.
Teresa works in our sales department and helps our clients with incredibly fast quotes her turn-around time on all client requests is quick and sometimes she is able to respond to customer in as little as 30 minutes.
We’re always working to improve and we’re grateful to have employees like Teresa who genuinely care about the work we do.
Our Reputation Earns us Great Customers
It is a compliment to our work when manufacturers who demand the best choose Calumet Electronics. Rocket EMS has built an extraordinary reputation for quality by demanding 100% yield as minimum.
Paul Lyons from Associated Solutions introduced Rocket EMS. Rocket EMS specializes in a full suite of new product introduction (NPI) and production services to fast-growth, high-technology companies. Rocket is a full service partner, delivering ultra-quick-turn (24 – 48 hours) manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), layout and complementary value-add services.
New leader, CEO Marla Sanchez expects to see Rocket EMS grow through investing in and utilizing advanced technology to manufacture customer products rapidly with the highest quality. Calumet Electronics is a great supplier match to Rocket EMS so we look forward to a long-term partnership.
We are Recognized for our Quality... Officially!
Our long list of accreditations demonstrates constant pursuit of perfection and commitment to quality. Together we at Calumet Electronics Corporation continue to prove our commitment to quality PCB manufacturing by achieving top industry accreditations including Nadcap, the pinnacle of quality. Re-audits in 2013 and 2014, also showed zero findings, earning the company Nadcap Merit status. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to building only the highest-performance PCBs.
“Not only does this demonstrate that we’re the best in class, it says we’re world-class,” said Mike Kadlec, Vice President Corporate Development. “It characterizes our achievements, constant pursuit of perfection and commitment to quality. Every accreditation and achievement speaks to our corporate culture and dedication to being industry’s leading safe, secure, and sustainable supplier of PCBs. It shows customers that we continually meet and exceed their expectations.”
Welcome to Mission Technologies
Mission Technologies is a recent addition to the Calumet Electronics sales force. They provide service to Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North and South Dakota. Through building trust with clients, passion for sales, working with partners and the vision to look forward Mission Technologies is aimed for growth. This core value driven sales team works to build strong relationships with clients and help them grow their business.
Being both motivated and experienced Mission Technologies brings strength to their clients and helps Calumet Electronics reach customers who need our high-performing circuit boards.