Lytron Inc. recently announced the completion and opening of its new factory and corporate office space in Woburn, MA. With this new space north of Boston, Lytron has doubled its square footage and increased its manufacturing capabilities, positioning itself for continued growth. It has also made room for equipment and the addition of staff from its recent acquisition of Lockhart Industries Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced aluminum-brazed cooling components for the military and electronics markets.
Lytron purchased a building adjacent to its existing facility in 2004, and started renovations and construction in 2005. The purchase was made to accommodate Lytron's expansion and allow for the addition of new capital equipment. The existing facility provided approximately 55,000 square feet of space for Lytron. With the addition of the new space, Lytron now occupies over 115,000 square feet of space.
Lytron's new factory space was designed to be flexible and agile for maximum throughput of a large number of custom and standard parts. The company has over 100 standard parts and more than half of the company's revenue is from custom parts, making flexibility and agility essential. To handle its wide variety of challenging parts, Lytron has invested heavily in equipment and skilled labor. The factory has extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities, including CNC machining, torch brazing, TIG welding, vacuum-brazing and high speed fin making. To optimize factory performance, the company uses lean manufacturing principles, including point-of-use inventory and just-in-time, or "kanban," production systems. The company also has extensive testing capabilities, including two wind tunnels and a quality control laboratory.