The Heraeus Quarzglas Buford facility employs many lean manufacturing initiatives in order to continually improve processes to gain higher yields and reduce costs while maintaining focus on customer satisfaction. Key initiatives that have helped the facility see year over year metric improvement include visual controls, 5-S, Improvement Kata for problem solving and performance management.
On this tour you will see the manufacturing areas of cylinder preparation, preform production and tube production. We will highlight our version of kamishibai boards, our “leader perfect day”, individual accountability boards, and Continuous Improvement Training as well as Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt projects.
Heraeus, the technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a leading international family-owned company formed in 1851. With expertise, a focus on innovations, operational excellence and an entrepreneurial leadership, we strive to continuously improve the businesses of our customers around the world. With approximately 12,400 employees worldwide in more than 100 subsidiaries in 40 countries, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.
Heraeus Quarzglas counts itself among the technology leaders and materials specialists for the manufacture and processing of high-purity fused silica. Being the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic fused silica for use in the telecommunications industries, Heraeus has significantly contributed to the optical data transmission technology.
The Heraeus Quarzglas Buford facility manufactures and sells finished and semi-finished high purity silica glass preforms, tubes, rods, and cylinders for the Telecommunications, Specialty Fiber, Semiconductor, Optics, and Lamp Industries. The Buford facility opened in 1986, occupies 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and 10,000 sq. ft. of corporate offices, and currently employs 210 people. In 2016, Heraeus Quarzglas won the Heraeus Production Systems award for “Best HPS Achievement” amongst all the applications submitted from Heraeus manufacturing sites worldwide.