There are times when you have to stop, take a breath and reflect.
Both personally and professionally … Reflect on what is the reason that leads you to work on a business venture or on how to think over an existing business.
In particular moments like these, thinking over your existing business is something very challenging.
We are not talking about simple objectives, but about the true essence, the heart and soul of your organization.
It is often difficult to divide the corporate mission from the personal one of the businessman.
Visiting the websites of many companies, I often see that the company’s mission is not explicit, or it is often very generic or completely disconnected from everyday real behavior.
I am deeply convinced that devoting time to deepen this aspect is of fundamental importance.
Because of our busy production schedule, we had resigned ourselves to not being able to show our MultiCenter at the IMTS tool show in September. This bothered me personally, as I have been going to the show in Chicago since I was a child, traveling with my father.
Over the years, I have watched the show expand both in size and importance to become one of the preeminent machine tools shows in the world – rivaled only by EMO here in Europe. At the same time, our sales in North America have also grown, until today that market, along with Europe, is our largest.
So, after long consideration (and strong encouragement from the Porta North American offices), I tasked my production team to come up with a way to free up one machine to exhibit at IMTS, then delivered directly to a North American customer.
This is where you can help.
Many manufacturers of special transfer machines have tried and built some sort of FLEXIBLE MACHINE but very cleverly they took a step back AFTER SEEING THE BATH BLOOD OF THE DEVELOPMENT …
Building a reliable and competitive FLEXIBLE MACHINE is a very different sport than building special machines dedicated to one piece or to a family of pieces.
My competitors understood it immediately, they quickly realized that the road would be very uphill and dangerous. Not me, I underestimated the thing and I was so stupid to continue on this very expensive and dangerous road, not realizing where I was going.
When you have to choose which technology to adopt in your company, and avoid mistaken investment, the doubts begin to take control and it is like you are not able to reason with good sense.
The typical question with which many people go to crisis is:
As in all situations there are the pros and the cons, in fact the exact answer is: “IT DEPENDS…”
If you were waiting for a clean answer for the MULTICENTER it is not this way. Even if I am a CONVINCED FAN of this technology, honestly speaking it is not always the best and I will explain to you why:
Let’s start by analyzing why the MACHINING CENTER can result in more convenience.
The first thing you have to analyze is the annual quantity to produce in order to understand if a machining center can be enough for you: if yes, you already found your ideal machine and the game is done.
On the contrary, how many one-spindle machines do you need to satisfy your production?
After the success of the 3SPINDLES machine, I present the new 5SPINDLES refreshed according to the latest developments developed on our warhorse, the MULTICENTER 3SPINDLES.
The basic concept remains that of the 3SPINDLES, that of FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION, ie a FLEXIBLE machine equivalent to many machining centers, with the advantage of being contained in a single machine in order to get advantages that many individual machines cannot offer, such as:
Today I found myself curious and I would like to submit 3 simple questions as a market survey and, if you are kind enough to answer me, in return as thanks I will send you completely free (shipping included) my book “FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION”, the second edition , modified and more extensive than the first edition.
IMPORTANT: answer the 3 questions quickly, as in without thinking too much. They must be instinctive answers, there are no right or wrong answers, there is only your answer.
1) the first manufacturer that comes to mind for: MACHINING CENTERS
2) the first manufacturer that comes to mind for: TRANSFER MACHINES
3) the first manufacturer that comes to mind for: FLEXIBLE MACHINES