WARWICK, RI—Since 2004, Quick Fitting, Inc. has put in the work and effort to become recognized as the industry’s first and only supplier of repairable quick connection fittings for industrial, municipal, OEM, electrical, fire protection and plumbing markets in North America. As the company grew, keeping up with industry demands made management decide to make substantial investments in internal prototyping and develop resources to better serve customers.
Quick Fitting’s founders have extensive experience in the industries they serve. The company currently holds 31 U.S. patents for its innovative push-to-connect plumbing product designs and technology with dozens of foreign and domestic patents pending. Throughout the years, the company has become truly innovative and currently develops products for customers upon request, stemming from innovative connection technologies.
In the early years, Quick Fitting had to rely on overseas vendors to make prototypes of its new products since it didn’t have a prototyping and development source in its Rhode Island headquarters. This process was costly, laborious, and time-consuming, as a lot of effort was spent on communicating with overseas vendors until the product was perfect.
“We started working on an initiative to bring quite a bit of the product development and manufacturing done overseas back to the U.S.,” says Herbert Bouchard, Quick Fitting Director of Research and Development. “This was a necessary move as we saw the growth in our customer base and the need to better manage our time and processes.”
To meet customer demands and successfully transition both manufacturing products and its product development, Quick Fitting needed to stock its shop with new machines ready to do the job.
Quick Fitting purchased three MC Machinery machines to successfully launch its made-in-the-U.S. initiative. The company currently operates several MC Machinery wire EDM machines, turning and milling machines, including the LT-350 and LT-400M CNC lathes and a DV-1000 milling machine to develop and prototype new product innovations.
“MC Machinery’s willingness to really jump in and help us start this initiative of manufacturing in the U.S. made our investment decision easier,” says Bouchard. “The reliability and ease of use of the machines, along with the excellent customer service department, made it possible for us to begin working very quickly.”
Having these machines allowed the team to focus on brainstorming new ideas and creating prototypes that same day without having to wait weeks for its new innovations to come to life. Quick Fitting’s diverse line of products, fast turnaround time, product engineering, and manufacturing resources have enabled it to provide the most innovative piping products available. The company currently has nine manufacturing factories overseas and five in the U.S.
“Now that we have this equipment in-house, we have a lot more control on time and the quality of our products,” says Bouchard. “Some of the parts that we are manufacturing on the CNC lathes look like they’ve just come out of an injection mold because they are of such high quality.”