“Our cleanroom purchase has made our company more complete.”
At ProCleanroom, we’re proud of our products and services, but we’re even prouder of our customer relationships. This blog series showcases customer stories from different sectors. What’s on the mind of entrepreneurs in these sectors, and what role do cleanroom solutions play within their organisation? This time we’ll be speaking to Stefan Willems of Machinefabriek v.d. Elsen. A conversation about increasingly strict delivery demands, the advantages of the in-house cleaning and packaging of high-tech products, and working together with ProCleanRoom.
Machinefabriek v.d. Elsen is a supplier of high-end, precision mechanical components and modules. Their speciality lies in metalwork using rotating and milling techniques. Components are produced on the basis of customer-specific orders. Machinefabriek v.d. Elsen offers a wide range of metalwork options for various materials, such as aluminium, stainless steel, steel, titanium, and other materials, as well as non-ferro metals.
The combination of their ‘Lean’ organisational structure, craftmanship, and modern CAM techniques and high-end machines allows for large variations in batch sizes. V.d. Elsen produces both small and large series. Assignments vary between the more repetitive assignment and more project-based, prototype assignments.
By operating using the Lean Manufacturing Principles, maximum value is created for the customer. With more than 38 years of experience, 22 CNC machines, 27 highly-educated craftsmen, 2,200 m2 of production space, and the desire to continuously improve, Machinefabriek v.d. Elsen is a reliable and flexible partner whose proactive, customer-oriented attitude contributes to its customers’ competitive power.
When we asked Stefan how we ended up at ProCleanroom, he responds: ‘We have a good relationship with D&D Kunstofbewerking in Geldrop. Ronny Moors, their managing director, got us in contact with ProCleanroom. At D&D, we were able to experience first-hand how having an own cleanroom gives more grip on quality and delivery times.
Due to increasingly strict cleanliness demands, organisations in the high-tech supply chain are required to supply increasingly clean products and components. Naturally, this also applies to us. As a result of that development, the quality being demanded from us is rising. Processed components are first cleaned in the cleanroom environment (and optionally also assembled there), and then packaged.
We used to outsource our cleanroom cleaning and packaging needs with an external party. However, at a certain point, we found ourselves facing increasingly longer delivery times. As a result, we were no longer able to guarantee our intended delivery times. On top of that, it’s incredibly important for us to always be flexible when it comes to the clean delivery of large and small product series. The positive stories we heard from D&D Kunstofbewerking about having its own cleanroom were definitely decisive in coming to our decision to also invest in one’.