SEATTLE, Wash. – Kvichak Marine Industries, a Seattle workboat builder, has launched a new division, Flashmark Tech. The new division, which takes advantage of a new cutting table and brake that will allow Kvichak to control the schedule of its cut parts being delivered to the production floor, is located in a newly leased facility in the South Park area of Seattle.
Thanks to an ARRA small shipyard grant awarded in 2009, Kvichak was able to purchase a 16’ 325-ton two Axis CNC Press break and a 10’x60’ high-speed router table with integrated Galvo laser marking system, according to a company release. The cutting table and brake will provide KMI for the first time just-in-time delivery of the cut and formed parts, which is expected to reduce the current use of valuable boatbuilding space in the company’s two main production facilities for parts storage, thereby increasing manufacturing capacity. This vertical integration of all plate processing operations will reduce overall production costs, significantly reduce trucking costs, reduce carbon emissions and increase quality control of the finished product, the company reports.