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Processes

Here are some informational videos about some of the processes that Kawasaki uses.

DIE CASTING: BEGINNING WITH THE BEST

Hot feed robotics pour molten aluminum into massive diecasting machines. Six-axis robots remove, cool, transport and deliver rock-solid covers, cylinder heads, and crankcases complete with cast-in iron liners that provide automotive-level durability. Making these core parts is a tough, complex interaction of technology, mettalurgy, man and machine-but it's the surest way to lock world-class performance into every part.

ALUMINUM MACHINING

Raw casted parts are machined by high-speed drills to the precise specifications programmed into the drill machines.

ASSEMBLY: HAND-BUILT PERFECTION

The Kawasaki Production System helps us build exactly what customers want. Ingenious "poka-yoke" bins provide correct per-model parts automatically. Multi-drivers tighten nuts by the batch, keeping torque constant. An "andon" call system brings immediate support to any station. Each assembler is also an inspector, approving, correcting, or rejecting at every stage. After the ISO 9001 quality-certified build, every engine is run up and fine-tuned to individual OEM specs. Step by critical step, each engine is essentially hand-built. By the most capable hands in the business.

Departments

Our workforce is comprised of highly dedicated individuals working in the following departments.

Production Engineering

The Production Engineering Department’s primary focus is to implement and support processes for the manufacturing of general purpose small engine components and engines in the most economic, efficient and effective ways possible. This is accomplished through the application of engineering disciplines dealing with different manufacturing practices and includes the research, design and development of systems, processes, machines, tools and equipment.

Quality Department

Our Quality department ensures the quality of our product meets or exceeds our customer's expectations. This is accomplished by inspection and measurements at various stages of our production processes. Other functions of this department include verification of quality through research, analysis and thorough evaluation of our supply chain processes and partners. Constant communication and interaction with our customers in the field are key to our continual improvement.

QUALITY & INNOVATION: EMPOWERING POTENTIAL

Quality Control verifies built-in performance with advanced tools and ISO standardization. Quality Assurance ensures complete customer satisfaction.

Maintenance Department

Maintenance is the backbone of our facility ensuring support with equipment layout, troubleshooting, maintaining and repair of equipment, operation of a full service machine shop with CNC and manual equipment, grounds and building upkeep, and compliance with government regulations.

Production Department

Our Production departments utilize industry trends in lean manufacturing, technology driven machinery, and ergonomic techniques to provide the foundation for our highly skilled employees to focus on creating piece by piece product:
Die Casting is a manufacturing process where we produce three major component parts for our engines from molten aluminum. Molten metal is injected into the dies, where it is rapidly cooled and solidifies into the final part called a casting.
Machining is the process of manufacturing the machined product of aluminum die-casted and steel-forged component parts of crankcases, cover-cases, cylinder heads, camshafts, crankshafts and flywheels using CNC lathes, mills, grinders, etc.
Assembly safely and efficiently assembles components within standard processes, verifies engine specifications, and packages finished product for final delivery, in order to ensure the highest quality products to our customers.

Shipping and Receiving

Our Shipping and Receiving department acts in support of all other departments and customers of KMM by ensuring that the flow of product from supplier to production to customer is efficient, accurate and seamless by effective management of receipt, distribution and shipping processes.

Administrative Support Departments Include

Information Systems

This department creates, maintains and improves all computer systems utilized throughout the plant, maintains service and maintenance agreements for software and hardware used in our facility, and supports all PC operators and specialized systems, including the phone system and security system.

Purchasing

This department ensures timely delivery of quality goods and services at an optimum value that is consistent with the demands of a dynamic market.

Production Control

This department creates and implements production schedules, including material procurement and manufacturing schedules, review and respond to customer requests, as well as manage inventory for the realization of customer demand. It is our goal to be flexible and ensure our product is prepared as efficiently as possible and delivered on time.

Planning

This department conceives and implements an integrated business plan that results in improved efficiency, enhanced products and a clear direction for the entire organization while protecting our environment.

Accounting

This department provides accurate and timely financial information that meets regulatory requirements as well as assists management in decision making that benefits all of Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing.

Human Resources

HR provides services, programs and resources for employees to foster a mutually beneficial employee/employer relationship. This is done through recruiting, selecting and training; the creation and administration of policies and procedures to insure a safe and compliant workplace; and the diligent selection of benefit providers, plans and services that value and support our loyal and hardworking employees.

Certifications

Kawasaki, in Maryville, has attained the following Certifications:

Kawasaki Motor Manufacturing Corp. is the first company to use a new combination of SAE International standards in certifying the power ratings of small engines, potentially spurring competitors to do likewise. Setting the standard in our industry is KMM's way of leading the industry.   Learn More

KMMC – Maryville’s Quality Policy defines our commitment to meet customer expectations and continually improve. It provides a framework for establishing and reviewing quality objectives, is communicated and understood throughout the organization, and is reviewed for continuing suitability and effectiveness.

KAWASAKI MOTORS MANUFACTURING CORP – MARYVILLE, is a dedicated team committed to continual improvement and customer satisfaction. This is accomplished through

    KNOWLEDGE, MEASUREMENT, MANAGEMENT, AND COMMITMENT.

  1.     • KNOWLEDGE OF CORPORATE OBJECTIVES, EMPLOYEE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  2.     • MEASUREMENT OF OUR PROCESS AND PRODUCT PERFORMANCE FOR CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
  3.     • MANAGEMENT OF CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT IN OUR PEOPLE, PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS
  4.     • COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL™” FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Maryville Mo. Certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Systems Management Standard since 1999.

KMMC – Maryville's Environmental Policy defines our intentions and principles with regard to our overall environmental performance. It provides a framework for establishing and reviewing environmental objectives, is communicated and understood throughout the organization, and is reviewed for continuing suitability and effectiveness.

We use the phrase

    "WE ROCK"

  1.     • RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE LIVE AND WORK
  2.     • ORIGINALITY, INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP
  3.     • COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS
  4.     • KNOWLEDGE OF CORPORATE OBJECTIVES, EMPLOYEE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Environmental Aspects are those activities, products or services that can interact with the environment. KMMC – Maryville has considered, in great detail, the Aspects and Impacts that our activities can have on the environment and designed our facility in such a manner as to minimize any controllable potential impacts (significant or otherwise).

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Maryville Mo. Certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Systems Management since 2008.

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp – Maryville, working as one for the good of the planet through continual improvement focused on pollution prevention.




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