Client Overview

One local business we’ve done a lot of machining work for over the years is Forest Technology Systems (FTS).

They are a leading manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring systems, instrumentation, and communications technology for the hydrology, fire weather, and meteorology industries. FTS’ equipment is used in some of the world’s most sophisticated and demanding environmental monitoring networks, so we were happy to help them with machining for some of their precision equipment.

The Story

FTS came to us with concepts for manufacturing a number of critical components for their quick-deploy weather systems.

They had mechanical engineers on their team, but lacked a machinist’s perspective to build out the new components and make sure the end product was operative.

We would suggest a few alternative, effective ways of accomplishing an end result, and let FTS choose the best option for their specific needs. We wanted to ensure that they were getting the best outcome and feeling involved in the process.

We manufactured the necessary mechanical pieces in our shop and then delivered the components to FTS.

“Milroy were the ones to say ‘You know, if we did it this way, it would be more cost effective, we could save you X dollars’, and that’s one of the areas where they really shined. It was really important to our success to have a supplier who was willing to give that constructive feedback so we could ensure we were designing a product that was both machinable and cost effective.” – Nickey, previous Supply Chain Manager at FTS

The Results

After working on fabricating high precision components for FTS, a common comment we received on multiple occasions was that they appreciated our willingness to bring up every possible alternative solution, which ultimately saved them time and money.

We sometimes made recommendations to optimize the efficiency of fabrication, which ultimately contributed to their overall success.

We’ll let Nickey have the final word on this case study:

“If we had asked another shop to do it, it wouldn’t have been as on-time, as high quality, or as cost effective. Milroy is incredibly knowledgeable, personable, honest, and hardworking. All Milroy employees from the top down will stick their neck out to make you successful, and they’ll hold up their end of the bargain, which is huge.”