Company: Next Intent
Headquarters: San Luis Obispo, CA
Size of Company: 20-49 employees; $5M-$10M in revenue
Industry: Aerospace and defense
Primary Product Line: Complex components for aerospace, spacecraft, satellite, aircraft, and defense industries
Name of Project: Ares 1 Vibration Isolation System
Project Objective: To manufacture several iterations of engineering development units to prove to NASA that the collaborative ATK/CSA/Next Intent solution could produce a passive hardware solution to vibration problem in a short time
Technologies Employed: SolidWorks from Dassault Systèmes, MobileMe from Apple Computer, Fanuc CNC Control, OKK CNC machine tools, M1 by Bowen & Groves
Accomplishments/ROI: M1 ERP Software went live on Jan. 2, 2009, providing more control points and improved reporting of data; developed a manufacturing process for Titanium 10-2-3 forgings; increased facility size by 25% in a declining economy; passed annual ISO 9001:2000 quality audit; completed lean manufacturing and continual improvement training for all employees