Packaging: A considerable amount of labor and materials are currently used to package UEC’s products, from small parts to long extruded busway sections. Determine the products that have the greatest opportunity for improvement and propose new packaging solutions that provide a cost savings comprised of material and labor components.
Injection molding: UEC has dozens of injection molded components, which are currently produced by external suppliers. Perform an analysis on the viability of vertically integrating the components that provide the greatest advantage for insourcing.
Supplier quality: Incoming quality issues result in delays to the customer. Develop a process for supplier quality (qualifying the supplier, production parts approval process, vendor scorecard, vendor audits, etc.)
Safety: The first of the company's core values, and its number one priority is employee and customer safety. Develop the plan for a plant-wide safety program (define required trainings, supporting documentation, training execution and sign-offs, annual schedule, etc.). An alternative to this, and smaller in scope, would be to define a building evacuation plan.
Mechanical testing fixture(s): Determine the best solution for UEC to test and verify the mechanical aspects of a new busway design that meets UL 857 and IEC 60529 rated to IP65.
This marks the first opportunity for Upper St. Clair to partner with Universal Electric Corporation. Other corporate partners have included EAFab Corporation and All Clad Metalcrafters LLC. Universal Electric Corporation manufactures customizable power distribution and monitoring systems.