Martin Audio recently opened new facilities for its MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) line, including production and assembly areas, quality control and testing, and additional warehousing.
Designed for MLA, MLA Compact and the new MLA Mini, the facilities provide a space worthy of a premier system series and further improve the company’s overall service to its customers. It was a necessity to develop the new facilities due to the success of the product line, which recently bolstered further with the introduction of the MLA Mini.
The principles of 5S were introduced as an integral part of the new development. 5S originated in Japan and stands for the Japanese words seiri (tidiness), seiton (orderliness), seiso (cleanliness), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (discipline), principles that lead to improved efficiency, service and safety.
Jason Robson, quality manager for Martin Audio, states, “The runaway success that MLA has become meant we needed additional production and warehousing space in order to meet the growing demand. But we also took the opportunity to instill new principles in both the creation of the layout and the day to day running of the facilities. 5S will help guarantee that we not only keep up with demand, but that this is achieved in an efficient manner with the quality our customers expect and this leading system demands.”
Alongside the production elements, the new facilities will also house Martin Audio training sessions for both MLA and OmniLine. Andy Davies, lead applications engineer, notes, “This new space will provide the perfect vehicle for premier training, while enabling us to show people how the product they are being trained on is made.”