September 27, 2010 09:00 ET

Vulcan GMS Finds Hi-Tech Customers Help Drive Improvements

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) -  Vulcan GMS, Inc. (, a supplier of radiation protection products, has found that working with customers at the leading edge of technology offers more than a chance to participate in dynamic markets. "These customers insist we keep getting better," says Tom Ray, the company's president. "Responding successfully to that demand forces us to continuously improve."

By way of example, Ray points to an aggressive deadline the company recently met when supplying components for an advanced inspection system made by Billerica, Mass.-based Passport Systems, Inc., a company that has developed NRF (Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence) technologies for improving cargo container and vehicle inspections at ports of entry and land-border crossings.

"We had to move quickly -- not just on the production floor, but also within our engineering, quality and logistics-support departments -- so Passport could meet its goals," Ray says.

According to Ray, Vulcan's five-year-old improvement initiative has resulted in on-time-delivery-performance increases of between three and four percent per year. "Our progress at getting better now enables us to be more responsive when supporting the development of new technologies. The NRF system that Passport makes introduces an entirely new technology for the security industry that can accurately identify a cargo by its material composition rather than by its appearance in an x-ray image. This is a good example of the innovations we need to be responsive to," he says.

Leading companies depend on suppliers that can keep pace with constant innovation, Ray notes, adding: "We are earning a place in some of the country's most competitive supply chains by actively seeking out and satisfying high-tech, demanding customers. When we help our customers compete successfully, the whole supply chain benefits from the growth that comes with new technologies and a well-honed system for delivering better products to end customers."

Vulcan Global Manufacturing Solutions is a leader in the manufacture of custom radiation shielding and parts made from lead, tungsten, high-density plastics and non-lead metal polymers. ISO 9001/2008 registered, Vulcan GMS is a provider of components and assemblies for some of the world's largest equipment companies. The company specializes in the security, medical, explosives and aviation industries. 

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    1400 W. Pierce Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204
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