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Heraeus Quartz

The Heraeus Quartz facility in Buford, Georgia 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 facility employs many lean manufacturing initiatives in order to continuously 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 improvements include visual controls, 5S, Improvement Kata for problem-solving and performance management.

On this tour, you will see areas of cylinder preparation, preform production and tube production. You will also learn about the organization's version of kamishibai boards, its “leader perfect day,” individual accountability boards, continuous improvement training, and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt projects.

About Heraeus Quartz

Founded in 1851, Heraeus is a leading international family-owned technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany with approximately 13,000 employees in more than 40 countries. The Buford facility opened in 1986, occupies 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and 10,000 square feet of corporate offices and currently employs 210 people. In 2016, Heraeus Quartz won the Heraeus Production Systems award for “Best HPS Achievement.”

Please note: Safety glasses and shoe coverings will be provided by the host company. See additional safety requirements below. 

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Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Other: See tour description
  • Safety glasses