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Bailey is Proud to Support the March for Babies
KNOXVILLE, TN -- Each year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, and more than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects. Thankfully, the March of Dimes is there to help. March for Babies — the nation’s premier walk event — raises awareness and funds to support lifesaving research and innovative programs that help prevent premature birth and improve the health of babies. In addition to research, the money donated to the March of Dimes helps them bring information and comfort to parents with a baby in the NICU and helps more women and children in our community get access to health care.
Touched by this cause, Bailey has decided to help raise awareness for the March of Dimes mission and participate in the March for Babies.
You have also been impacted by the March of Dimes if:
You or your baby received a polio vaccine
Your baby was cared for in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU)
Your baby was born prematurely and received the advanced care that the March of Dimes has researched, funded and supported
You are aware that women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with folic acid to decrease the risk of neural tube defects
You are aware that alcohol, tobacco and drug use during pregnancy can result in serious health problems for moms and babies
Your baby or a baby you know suffered from respiratory distress syndrome and received lifesaving surfactant therapy
If you are interested in supporting our efforts to march to help babies, or know someone who is, please visit http://www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=2035984 – to join our team or make a donation. .
Thank you in advance for your support and participation in helping us reach our goal of $4,000!
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Bailey International marks shift back to USA
Updated Sept. 11, 2012
KNOXVILLE, TN -- In the last two years Bailey International LLC has made capital investments in excess of one million dollars to bolster production capacity. A robotic welder added in 2011 enables more consistent output and weld quality while speeding up throughput by approximately 50%.
In the first quarter of this year the company took delivery of a special purpose machine designed to more accurately facilitate higher volume cylinder tube production. This SPM completes four preparatory operations resulting in a finished, ready to weld hydraulic cylinder tube in one third the usual time. The capacity gains from the addition of these two machines are estimated to increase production in the Knoxville factory by over 50% by end of the year with future gains anticipated.
Even more exciting is the number of people added to the Bailey International team. From a peak of 70 employees prior to the economic meltdown of 2008, Bailey currently has 134 team members with efforts underway to add 8 to 10 more in the coming weeks. Over the last six months alone, the Bailey team has grown by more than 20%.
There is no doubt that the global economy is a driving force effecting companies large and small. Over the years Bailey has cultivated many important relationships with supply chain partners in America and abroad. Marking a shift from previous years, products currently made by U.S. companies account for 40% of Bailey’s total sales to date, representing an encouraging improvement of more than 20%. To remain competitive Bailey continues to work with key overseas suppliers to ensure that it is able to deliver quality products to its many customers. However, it is encouraging that the company continues to increase both production and jobs opportunities here in the U.S and the local Knoxville community.
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Making Strides, Bailey helps fight breast cancer
KNOXVILLE, TN – Bailey International was contacted by an American Cancer Society representative on July 20, 2012 to attend an informational breakfast about the ACS breast cancer program “Making Strides”. Bailey representatives were compelled by the stories of cancer survivors and families to support the ACS Making Strides initiative.
Bailey’s goal is to raise over $2,000 in donations by October 6, 2012, and have as many as 50 team members walk in the 5K ACS: Making Strides event on October 7, 2012. Each Bailey team member has been asked to raise at least $100 by asking family and friends to donate on their behalf. The Bailey sales team has been asked to encourage their customers to make a donation to the Bailey team as well. Customers that donate will have the opportunity to contribute a pink ribbon card with their name, or a loved one’s name, to be dedicated on the sales wall. Weekly, Bailey will share the growth of the ribbon’s wall on its website and social media platforms.
The Human Resources Department has planned several events from August 20, 2012 to October 6, 2012 that they hope will boost employee camaraderie and raise donations. Such events include a pancake breakfast, Pink Shirts Day, a bake sale, a pink lemonade sale, Football Jersey Day, and a pizza party in the employee break-room. A loose change jar has been placed in front of the company break-room so that employees can donate their change each day.
From August 9, 2012 to October 6, 2012, Kevin Bailey, the chief executive officer, has pledged to donate $1 for every new Facebook ‘like’ and Twitter ‘follow’ the company receives, up to $500. Team Bailey hopes that through its donations and participation, it can provide help to those affected with breast cancer in the Knoxville community, as well as fund cancer research for the elimination of this horrible disease forever.
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Pfingsten Partners Acquires Bailey International LLC: Tenth Platform Investment for $525 Million Fund IV
CHICAGO, IL - April 18, 2012 -- Private equity firm Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C. (“Pfingsten”) announces the acquisition of Bailey International, L.L.C. (“Bailey”), a Knoxville, TN-based manufacturer and distributor of mobile fluid power components including hydraulic cylinders, power units, pumps, valves, motors, hoses and fittings, bearings and bushings used primarily in mobile equipment applications.
Since Bailey’s founding in 1976, through constant reinvestment and product enhancement, Bailey has evolved into a diversified, industry leading manufacturer and distributor of highly engineered hydraulic cylinders and related products. With over 18,000 customers throughout the U.S., Bailey has a reputation for timely delivery of superior, competitively priced products supported by highly responsive customer service. In partnership with Bailey management, Pfingsten plans to continue Bailey’s impressive historical growth through continued geographic expansion, end market diversification, new product introductions, and strategic add-on acquisitions.
"Bailey’s high quality product line, outstanding growth, and excellent team provide a solid foundation to expand Bailey’s position as a leading manufacturer and supplier within the broad and highly fragmented mobile fluid power industry," stated Scott A. Finegan, Managing Director at Pfingsten.
"My father founded Bailey over 35 years ago and it was very important to our family to find a partner that appreciated everything we’ve worked so hard to create," said Bailey CEO, Kevin Bailey. "I am extremely pleased to be partnering with Pfingsten and believe they bring the operating experience and strategic relationships to take Bailey to the next level."
The transaction closed on April 13, 2012, marking the tenth platform investment for Pfingsten’s $525 million Fund IV. For more information on Bailey, visit www.baileynet.com.
Click below to read the full press release on the Pfingsten & Partners website.
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March's How To Video: Why Hydraulic Pumps Fail & How to Prevent Pump Failure
There are three primary causes of pump failure within a hydraulic system. These are 1) Heat, 2) Contamination and 3) Cavitation. In this month's video, we discuss these issues, including graphic depictions of the problems, warning signs and preventative measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of these failures occurring within your hydraulic system. While you are here on the website, watch the video on our homepage or
. And don't forget to view our complete line of hydraulic pumps, filters and oil coolers!
Bailey Sponsors Local High School Robotics Team in Regional Competition
Bailey is proud to sponsor the Hardin Valley Academy (HVA) "RoHawktics" team in its quest to dominate this year's FIRST® Robotics competition (FRC®). TODAY and TOMORROW (March 2-3) here in Knoxville, the team kicks off its 2012 run at the Smoky Mountain Regionals. The team, sponsored by Bailey (among others), has worked hard to perfect the fully-automated and radio-controlled portions of the competition. Check out this year's game,
! Go Rohawktics! [Photo credit: Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel]
February's How To Video: Plumbing a Directional Control Valve
Watch February's How To Video: Plumbing a Directional Control Valve
here on our website
on our Youtube channel
. Each valve is labeled for easy plumbing.
Bailey's Inside Sales Team attends the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY
Several members of our Inside Sales team joined Director of Sales, Steve Warnock, at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. The show was a crowded one and it was a great experience for our Inside Sales team members who were able to attend!
"This was a great learning experience for us," said Jessica Reagan. "There were lots of vendors, including many of our own customers. It was good to get out there and meet them face to face. The whole show was laid back and fun." Bailey hopes to bring more Inside Sales members to shows so that our customers can meet the fine people who work with them on a regular basis and our team can learn more about our industry. Check out the fun moments of the show as well as photos of our products on customers' equipment
Ringing in the New Year with New Products from Bailey
One of our New Year's Resolutions is to expand our product offerings to our customers in 2012 and this year is off to a great start! Just click
to view all the new products available to you today, including the entire line of
Prince Rephasing Tie Rod Cylinders!
Thirteen Years of Holiday Joy: Bailey & Salvation Army
Each year during the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bailey Sales Corporation collects donations of money and gifts for those less fortunate through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree and Red Kettle programs. Employees at Bailey, along with various companies in the community, contributed to the cause, bringing their filled stockings and bags to Bailey before they are dropped off at Salvation Army headquarters.
Linda Austin, who works within the Accounting Department at Bailey, has organized and managed donations for nine of the 13 years Bailey has participated in this event. "I absolutely love Christmas," said Austin. "I think it's because I still have a lot of kid in me.
"It's such a good feeling to know that you are contributing to the happiness of a child on Christmas morning, especially those kids who would not have received any gifts at all. My greatest joy comes from helping the most neglected age groups at Christmas, the 13 to 18-year-olds and the elderly. I really look forward to it every year. One thing is for sure though; it would not be possible without the help of everyone involved. It's very much a team effort."
Bailey employees filled 40 bags of clothes, toys and goodies for needy kids. Hundreds of stockings were stuffed for needy children and the elderly. Austin is hopeful that Bailey will help the Salvation Army succeed at reaching its goal of 5,500 stockings this Christmas. To see just how many items Bailey collected for the Salvation Army, click
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Bailey Parts Used in "Chunk Norris" Catapult [Punkin Chunkin 2011]
Did you miss the "26th Annual Punkin Chunkin Competition" that aired on Thanksgiving night? Well, grab a plate of leftovers and catch a rerun of this year's competition on Discovery Channel tonight at 9 p.m. EST! Rookie catapult team, "Chunk Norris" featured hydraulic cylinders and components supplied by Bailey. We are proud to say that "Chunk Norris" placed fourth out of 12 in the Adult Catapult division. Not too bad for their first year! Check out this clip of the team, the machine and their story
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Upcoming How-To Video: Explaining Directional Control Valves
Confused by the many different types of Directional Control Valves? Bailey offers help in its next How-To Video, "Explaining Directional Control Valves." In this video, we will clarify the terminology used when describing various types of control valves including 3 way, 4 way, 3 position, 4 position and more.
October was packed with great shows and trips to visit our customers all over the country!
This month has been very busy for our Sales Team here at Bailey! October 4-6, our guys attended the ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo) in Louisville, Kentucky to meet prospects within the construction industry (pictured). October 12-14, Bailey representatives visited customers in New England for the first time. This trip included a wide variety of customers from different industries, from a manufacturer of asphalt heating equipment to those who make log splitters and excavating attachments. The last stop this month was the FEMA (Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association) Show in St. Louis, Missouri. With so many ties to the agriculture and farm equipment industry, the FEMA Show is one that Bailey is proud to regularly attend. To see pictures of our crew's latest visits and the shows we have attended, check out our
Trade Shows and Events
album on Facebook (and don't forget to "like" us)!
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Upgraded features on our website make shopping online at Baileynet.com easier than ever!
At Bailey, we are dedicated to listening to our customers. After reviewing your suggestions, we decided to improve some of our browsing, shopping and ordering features on Baileynet.com for your benefit! Upgraded features include:
Our Quick Load Order option is now available on the Home Page as well as the Shopping Cart
Use the Quick Load Order box to load multiple products into your Shopping Cart at one time.
The stock status of your item is now clearly displayed in the Shopping Cart, so you can easily see if your item is back ordered, on order or in stock.
If your item is not in stock, a link will be provided to an in-stock substitute item.
A projected availability date is displayed for on order items.
Our homepage menu has been redesigned to make it easy for you to find any information you might need.
Our Social Media links and How-To videos are now displayed right on the Home Page for easy access.
We hope you find these new and improved features useful as you shop online with us! Do you have another suggestion for our website? Let us know
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Spotlight on Flat Face Couplers!
Did you know that all industries are experiencing a transition from traditional poppet or ball-style couplers to new, highly engineered flat face couplers? They are, and they have several great reasons to do so. Is it time for you to make the switch? If so, you need to check out this awesome deal from Bailey: ½'' female and male quick couplers on sale now for $23.97 (female) and $14.97 (male)! Any Quantity!
Advantages to flat face couplers are: 1) reduction of contamination, 2) elimination of leakage, 3) higher working pressure and maximum flow, 4) longer life and 5) overall higher efficiency. Take a look at these flat face coupler series, available from Bailey: FIRG, APM, A-HD and VEP.
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Revolutionary Customer Service Sets Bailey Apart
Multiple businesses offering the same product mean customers have a choice about where to spend their money. Bailey's revolutionary customer service is what keeps many customers returning for their hydraulic needs.
"We've always had great success with Bailey," said Frank Lipps, spokesman for Eastern Products Inc. "Bailey always has what we order and the prices have always been reasonable." Lipps said he is pleased with the way he receives his orders on time. "When I had to send an item back because I picked a wrong part, the Bailey representative was polite and efficient in making the return," Lipps said. "Everything with Bailey works like clockwork."
Dwayne Walkowski of M & R Services Inc. expressed similar thoughts. "Bailey does an awesome job," he said. "One of the reasons we keep coming back is because we haven't had any issues or problems." Walkowski said that as a businessman, he admires and respects the way Bailey treats its customers. "It's a really great business model."
Bailey & Minden work to save your tractor tires!
Members of the Bailey Sales team headed to Minden, Nebraska recently to see our Chief cylinders hard at work in the wild, wild (Mid)west. Minden Machine Shop, Inc. uses our cylinders on its Patriot brand Stubble Crushers. These attachments are secured to the front of a tractor to help crush sharp corn and bean stalks that can puncture tractor tires after harvesting. Chief cylinders hold the skid shoes in place, which push the stalk forward, preventing excessive tire wear and damage. The shoes can also be lifted and folded using the hydraulic cylinders, allowing for easy storage and transport over obstacles.
Bailey's Quality Warehouse: Open for Business
Bailey's continuous growth has presented unique and challenging opportunities for its fulfillment team to serve customers in a revolutionary way. Lack of space was one of the main challenges. "As we expanded offerings to our customers, we found it necessary to increase our storage space while still maintaining our shipping goals," said Jay Walp, Director of Fulfillment. "With our previous offsite warehouse bursting at the seams, we began a search for new space that would allow us to consolidate our current offsite storage facilities while providing expansion room for future new product offerings."
Bailey recently completed the installation of racks in its new 25,000 square foot warehouse facility, which contains more than 220 bays and over 2400 storage locations. Additionally, the facility has 5900 square feet of floor storage for bulk product. The "Quality" warehouse, named after Bailey's commitment to its customers, is now half full with products that have been consolidated from multiple storage facilities. Bailey is proud to say that it is now receiving and shipping from this location daily.
Bailey launches its "How To" video series on Youtube!
Bailey is excited to present the first video in our "How To" series! In this clip, Marcus describes the major differences between tie-rod and welded cylinders, including repair methods for each. Click
to view the video and look for more "How To" videos coming soon to our
! If you have a suggestion topic for one of our tutorials, please submit it to email@example.com.
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Filming begins for Bailey's "How To" video series
Today Bailey filmed the first series of our "How To" videos. This informative series will answer some of the most common questions Bailey has received regarding hydraulic equipment. Once editing is complete, look for our "How To" videos on our website as well as our
! If you have a topic suggestion for our "How To" videos, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving More Customers: Bailey Completes Second Shift Hiring
Bailey Manufacturing recently completed hiring for a full second shift that will be working within hydraulic cylinder production. Ken Baker, Chief Operating Officer, said "We are excited about the additional capacity to our cylinder manufacturing because it will allow us to serve more of our customers." Two full shifts allow the highest cylinder production capacity ever at Bailey.
Bailey Explores the Hydraulic Needs of the Waste Management Industry at the 2011 Waste Expo
Last week, members of the Bailey Sales Team visited the Dallas area to meet with various OEM and distribution customers. While in Texas, the team also attended the 2011 Waste Expo, where they explored the hydraulic needs of the waste management industry and shared Bailey product offerings with its leaders. Bailey hopes to continue expanding its focus on the waste management industry throughout 2011.
Effective leadership through relationship building.
A group of Bailey team members, including Marcus Kennedy and Tom Jenkins (pictured), attended the Chick-fil-a Leadercast conference on May 6 in Knoxville, TN. The conference featured many affluent speakers discussing ways to strengthen leadership within your company in order to better serve your customers.
"The Leadercast conference was innovative, inspiring and influential," said Marcus Kennedy, Customer Relations Team Leader. "The speakers were passionate about changing the typical definition of leadership, not only in business but also in our everyday lives. Over the years, we at Bailey have learned that effective leadership, both internal and external, starts with relationship building."
Bailey considers itself a leader in the mobile fluid power industry because of the strong relationships we've built within our company and with each of our customers.
Customer Satisfaction Story: Marion Catt builds Industrial Blower ("Jimi-G") with Parts from Bailey
At Bailey, we LOVE to see what our customers are accomplishing using our parts and equipment!
In late April, we were pleased to receive some photos and a short note from one of our customers, Marion Catt, owner of Catt's Hobby Shop in Grant Park, Illinois. The photos were of an industrial-sized, leaf-blowing machine that Catt had built with parts purchased from Bailey. He has named the machine "Jimi-G" after a dear friend. In the note he included, Catt expressed his thanks for the great customer service he received from our team, specifically naming Bill Jones, Susan Dale and Scott Hall, from whom he had purchased Chief valves, a hydraulic motor, power unit and a welded cylinder. The body of Catt's "Jimi-G" is a machine designed to mow the fairways of golf courses and the large fan he attached at the front came from a Chicago train station. The "Jimi-G" has proven to be extremely useful for clearing the leaves off of Catt's two-and-a-half-acre wooded property. "Before, it took me two days to rake. But with this machine, it takes 30 minutes to blow and collect the leaves," said Catt. We are impressed!
We are proud of our quality products and excellent customer service. If you are using our parts in a cool, unique application or if you have received great customer service from one of our team members, we would love to hear about it! Email us at email@example.com to submit your story!
The Bailey engineering team utilizes the latest technology to provide customers with quality products at a great value.
At Bailey, we know a great product starts with a great design. That's why we invest in the right tools for our engineering team, including 3-D CAD Solidworks and other tools such as Simulate (FEA) and Driveworks (semi-automatic drawing and quoting). We are continually upgrading our tools, processes and hardware to ensure that we are staying up-to-date with the latest technology in our field. This allows us to supply the right information to our customers with speed and accuracy.
Recently our IT and engineering teams built a prototype work station (a computer used for engineering or heavy graphics) to ensure that we have the fastest machine at the right value. We tested our computer against others and found it to be the fastest. The benchmark for this test is a Scooby Doo surface model that is rebuilt and clocked. The Bailey-built work station was fastest at 9.9 seconds!
You can see the Scooby Doo surface model
and find the results of the test
We strive to provide revolutionary service throughout our business, including the engineering department. To speak to one of our engineers or to get a quote for a custom cylinder or power unit, please call 1-800-800-1810.
Need a Custom Power Unit? We can help!
Bailey's Custom Power Unit Design team is ready to meet your needs with fast quote times and quality production. Click the link below to view custom power units that we've built for customers in the past. On this page, you will also find our Custom Power Unit Worksheet. Fill it out with your specs and fax it to 1-800-800-1811 or email it to us at PowerUnits@baileynet.com. You can also get a quote by phone. Just call 1-800-800-1810 and dial "5" to speak with a member of the Power Unit Design team. We look forward to serving your custom power unit needs!
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Thanks to everyone who attended the show and those who worked diligently to make this event great.
Bailey is proud to announce that the 2011 International Fluid Power Expo in Las Vegas was a huge success! The event was busier than in years past, with overall attendance reaching 150,000 people. The Bailey team was successful in presenting a wide range of products including all of the Chief brand items, with special emphasis on power units. Gasoline and hydraulic power units were a big hit, as well as Bailey's signature Chief cylinders.
"We were pleased to meet potential customers," said Steve Warnock, Director of Sales. "It was also great to catch up with our current clients, many of whom were exhibiting Chief cylinders on their own equipment at the show."
"We heard many compliments on our business, including prompt delivery, excellent customer service over the phone and a good selection of quality products to choose from," said Tim Waldo, Director of Customer Service. "There's optimism about the upcoming business season, which gave the show a sense of energy that should bode well for the remainder of this year."
Bailey wants to thank everyone who attended this year's IFPE show and those who made it a success behind the scenes. The team was very pleased with the outcome of the expo and looks forward to the next IFPE event in 2014!
Bailey is dedicated to "Going Green" on St. Patrick's Day and every day!
Ken Baker, Chief Operating Officer at Bailey, specializes in Manufacturing Process Improvement. Recently, Ken compiled some of Bailey's environmental improvements in an effort to share this good news with our customers.
Several energy-saving strategies were implemented regarding lighting in the warehouse. All sodium lighting was converted to fluorescent lighting, significantly reducing power use. Lighting sensors were also installed. These sensors time-out after a certain duration period, conserving energy. The trash compactor allows for fewer trips for trash removal, thus lowering operational cost and waste space. Our hydraulic dump further reduces effort by capturing both waste coolant and metal for easy recycling of both materials.
Visit www.baileynet.com for updates on how Bailey is reducing waste and conserving energy in order to reduce impact on our environment while serving our customers.
We're ready! Are you?
Finishing preparations are being made for the 2011 International Fluid Power Expo in Las Vegas! Are you ready for the show?
The ConExpo/Con-Agg mobile app makes it easy to plan your trip and stay up-to-date with everything happening at the show with your favorite exhibitors. From your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, visit the App Store and search "Conexpo-Con/Agg 2011" to download the show's mobile app! From all other smartphones, visit http://www.conexpoconagg.com/m to download the app. The ConExpo/Con-Agg mobile app allows you to easily search exhibitor profiles by name or product category, view event schedules and locate booths on the facility map. You can also create your own itinerary so you don't miss any of your favorite vendors. Be sure to add Bailey to your schedule. We'd love to show you our latest innovations in fluid power!
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New Milestone Bodes Well for Spring Season
February 24 marked the largest shipment day in the history of Bailey. The Fulfillment department shipped more individual customer and OEM orders than ever before. "To say it was a busy day is an understatement," said Jay Walp, Director of Fulfillment. "We achieved this feat efficiently with 0 defects and without losing sight of our primary goal, which is to provide our customers with unparalleled service while presenting them with more than they expect." As Bailey continues to grow, we strive for continued excellence and embrace all challenges that lay ahead. We look forward to our next record-breaking day.
The Forum Predicts Growth in the Agriculture Industry
Representatives from Bailey Sales attended the Agricultural Economic Forum in Washington D.C. on February 24-25 at the Crystal City Marriott. The sessions reflected an optimistic attitude about the short term future of agricultural volumes and farm income in the United States and other major farm product exporters. Farm product prices are increasing rapidly in response to weather fluctuations outside the U.S. and growing demand in developing nations. With agriculture being a significant part of our business, Bailey looks forward to meeting the needs of the agricultural industry by continuing to offer our quality farming products at fair prices.
Change is Good: Bailey Systems Undergo Transformation
Over the last eighteen months, the Bailey Fulfillment Team has seen tremendous change as it embraced transformation with open arms. Bailey has increased output by approximately 30 percent compared to a year ago. On time delivery performance (same day shipping by 3:00 p.m.) has increased from 84 percent to a current average of 99.7 percent while maintaining an accuracy level of 99.84 percent. Bailey has experienced similar results with freight shipments. "Our new goal is to turn all freight orders within 24 hours. To date, we are performing at a 99.35 percent rate," said Jay Walp, Director of Fulfillment.
Chief WP Cylinders at Work in Houston
Bailey representatives recently visited Scorpion Oil Tools to see Chief cylinders at work within the oil and gasoline industry. Bailey supplies Scorpion Oil Tools with Chief 3,000 PSI WP welded cylinders. These highly versatile welded cylinders are used in a variety of applications including raising and lowering the tubing for directional drilling and attaching multiple pieces of pipe for use in the oil and gasoline industry.
Bailey Hosts Tour for SME and APICS
On Tuesday evening, January 25, Bailey was pleased to host a tour of our facility for the local chapters of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Association for Operational Management (APICS). After dinner, a general presentation of the Bailey businesses, a tour of the distribution center and the manufacturing operations was given. The night concluded with excellent station presentations, many questions and good discussion. Bailey thanks the members of SME and APICS for their attendence.
Hydraulic Power Unit Capacity is Quadrupled
The Hydraulic Power Unit Production Team at Bailey has just finished a standard work flow event, resulting in a quadrupling of the output capability for custom small power units. After reviewing the baseline of the past production process, the team designed a new production process with improvements in areas ranging from material availability and storage ordering to production processes and tooling organization. The team also focused on maintaining our existing very high standards of quality. "Having the output capability increase four times allows us to serve significantly more customers requiring quality custom hydraulic power units" says Ken Baker, Chief Operating Officer.
According to Tim Waldo, Director of HPU Business Development, "This improvement event has increased the overall efficiency of the HPU Team and was an important step toward providing our customers with a wider range of hydraulic power units to suit their needs."
Looking Forward: A Message from President Kevin Bailey
Happy New Year! Thanks for making 2010 such a great year at Bailey. Your business is extremely important to us. We cannot succeed without your trust in our company and we never take that for granted.
Understanding your needs and expectations has always been extremely important to us and during the last year, we've continued to dedicate a lot of time and effort to listening to your suggestions and making necessary improvements. Our dedicated team regularly meets to review and implement your ideas. I hope you'll continue to help us learn how to better serve you.
I also want to share a couple of new product highlights you can look forward to in 2011. This year, we're expanding our custom hydraulic power unit program to include additional products, competitive price points and quantities to serve you better. We're also increasing our entire selection of inventory with a goal of having 25 percent more products to offer you by the fourth quarter of this year!
Lastly, 2010 marked the first full year at our new Knoxville location. We've thoroughly upgraded our manufacturing and distribution facilities and we invite you to come tour our facility to get a firsthand look at how we operate and what sets our business apart. We'll listen to your improvement suggestions and give you an opportunity to take some new ideas back to your business.
Once again, Happy New Year! And thank you so much for your trust in Bailey.
New Process Contributes to Continuous Improvement: Saves Time, Increases Safety
A recent example of our ongoing, line driven, continuous improvement is that exhibited by Bobby in our cylinder assembly team. Past processes used a manual spanner wrench to hold our screw-in gland stable while assembling. In conjunction with our Maintenance Team, the Assembly Team worked to find a faster, safer, lower cost system. With the straightforward design of a block and pin system (shown), the gland is now held in place, without the use of the spanner wrench. The system is faster because the spanner wrench orientation does not have to be found. The spanner wrenches also slipped and broke often during assembly, creating cost and safety issues. This activity was driven without management direction, but directly through cross-team improvement activities.
Robot Welding Production Runs to Begin at Bailey
Bailey is excited to announce the startup of production runs using its new Motoman 1900 Robot. The Motoman 1900 robot and the Motoman ArcWorld 6000 weld cell offers the most flexible work arrangement for Bailey customers. With extensive machining and welding development, Bailey is ready to once again expand production volumes and continue to be both the quality and cost leader in its industry. Single cell tube machining, as part of our overall robot welding process, allows significant improvement in processing, using our Mazak CNC machining lathes for accurate cylinder port orientation. Weld robot quality, speed and regularity will allow faster, higher quality welds.
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