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Plant Tour: At LAI, M4.0 is a Multi-Step Journey

Posted By David Brousell, August 10, 2017

LAImeet2.jpgFor LAI International, the creation of a roadmap to Manufacturing 4.0 started with putting customers at the center of the company’s thinking. A motto grew out of this orientation: accept no defect, make no defect, pass on no defect.

The thinking is much more than a motto, however. It has translated into a series of cultural, organizational, and technological changes at the 38-year old contract manufacturer of precision-engineered parts that is now serving as a role model for other manufacturers starting their own journeys to the data-driven era of M4.0.

Today’s LAI, which serves the aerospace and defense, energy, industrial, and medical markets, was on display last week as members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council toured the company’s 75,000-square foot factory in Scarborough, Maine, near Portland. The theme of the event was: “Building a Roadmap to Manufacturing 4.0”.

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