Are You Meeting Your Output
Are You Experiencing
Goals and Needs?
Unplanned maintenance can be a big time-killer. And some-
If you’re seeing bottlenecks from depart-
times, it doesn’t take an actual problem with your machinery to
slow you down. Are you able to meet your output goals success-
fully with your existing equipment? If you’re running a particular
machine all day and still not keeping up with demand, it may be
time to upgrade to a bigger, faster machine. Or, that machine may
just need a little help from additional equipment.
ment to department, you may need to add
The machinery market is booming
right now. Our sales volume has doubled
last year. We are in a very strong growth
trend and we are expecting to double our
sales this year, too. Compared to
last year, we have sold three
Do You Need Extra Machinery
to Improve Efﬁciency?
times more to date.
Are you having a hard time loading and unloading? If you
added some supplementary machinery such as small cranes,
would that improve your output? Your machine today may need
two people to operate it. A newer version of that same type of
machine may need one, and that second person could be better
used elsewhere in the shop.
Jonathan Chauvette, Groupe Eugenie
What’s The Reason
for Your Downtimes?
Ask yourself, “Are my set-up times becom-
ing longer, and is there new equipment that’s
more automated and can streamline things?”
If so, it is time to do the math. If you’re spend-
ing three-and-a-half hours a day doing set up,
ﬁgure out how much more you could produce
in a day with upgraded equipment.
We continue to see a lot of activity in automation in general.
Speciﬁcally, fabrication saws and automated welding and
cleaning lines are garnering a lot of demand right now.
Mike Bifﬂ, Stürtz Machinery
What Are Your
As housing has rebounded, the window
manufacturers have gotten healthy on a
volume basis, and the need for increased
staff has occurred. That may have
been a motivation for some companies
that had maxed out multiple shifts to
add additional equipment to increase
Take a look at the products you ﬁnd yourself having to buy out-
of-house that you’d like to produce in-house, and stay up to date
on the latest industry trends. If you don’t have the capabilities,
your customers will go to someone who does.
How Could More
Automation Beneﬁt You?
Jack Pennuto Jr., Formtek Group
Your business is expanding and you need to increase capacity
and output, but you know that the manufacturing sector is suffering
from a lack of qualiﬁed labor. Because of that, many companies are
leaning toward automation to make up the difference and reduce
costs. Automation and robotic integration also can help cut down
on accidents and maximize worker safety. And remember: You
don’t have to do away with the employee you’ve “replaced.” You can
repurpose them, often with more rewarding or challenging jobs.
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upgrade or expansion, one of your ﬁrst thoughts
should be, “Where is this piece of equipment
going to go?” The main options are to add it in an
existing space (if there’s room), expand the size of
your facility (or buy/rent more space) or put the
new equipment in place of the old machine. The
latter option can be difﬁcult, because it requires
that operation to be shut down so the old machine
can be removed and the new one installed. If you
have the space, putting in a second line allows you
to keep your business going, and the ﬁrst line can
be upgraded or removed later.
Automation is absolutely a major driver. Labor issues
seem to be industry-wide from contract labor for builders
to factory labor. GED is continually looking to provide
solutions to our customers’ labor and production issues by
offering advanced robotics and automation as well as our
software solutions that allow them to optimize, control
and monitor all aspects of their operations.
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John C. Moore, GED Integrated Solutions