The Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” published an article listing 20 companies located in the Brescia area that have their registered office in the U.S.. Porta Solutions was on that list, along with some of its customers.
The list was probably prepared by contacting the Italian Ministry of Economic or Foreign Affairs, since it refers to those Brescia-based companies with REGISTERED OFFICE in North America and operate, directly and indirectly, through local agents, just like many other companies do.
People have never talked so much about the crisis as they are right now: the crisis that causes people to lose their job, the crisis that baffles legendary companies, the crisis that puts a stop to investments, and so on.
Certainly at one point in time you also have heard the famous phrase “THERE ARE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES IN A CRISIS” and, like many others, you probably thought: nice words, catchy slogan, but what do I do with my cancelled orders and how do I get rid of my product?
Frankly, I also thought the same thing for a long time.
Nice clichés but, actually, it was much better when the crisis had yet to hit the markets. Perhaps there weren’t these “GREAT OPPORTUNITIES”, but at least people kept their jobs.
A historic crossover has taken place: by analysing YOUTUBE video data, I learned that the video that received the most views by INTERNET users is the MULTICENTER 2015, which is approaching 4,000 hits!!
Historically, Google Analytics data showed greater interest for high-production transfer machines.
So, this data also reveals a trend reversal.
This trend reversal, which comes directly from machine tool users, shows how said users are no longer looking for machines that produce as fast as possible, but instead for machines that are very flexible, quick to change and to adapt to the requests of the market.
Please also note that not only has there been a trend reversal of one product with respect to another, but, comparing the last 12 months with the previous 12-month period, the number of people who have visited the website and the Blog has increased by 22.6%
If you flicked straight to this article after seeing the title, it means that you have experienced this situation in the past, or that you are probably going through it now and you have yet to find an effective solution.
We all know how complex the tool vibration topic can be.
So much so that when vibrations start to become “the problem” of the day, the stress level quickly rises. This problem is experienced in a very negative way, since many times we feel helpless when faced with this problem, we do not have control over the situation and this makes us nervous, often driving us to make the wrong choices in an attempt to solve the situation.
In addition to this, I am not telling you anything new by saying that producing components when vibrations are present has many negative aspects and no positive ones.
Below is a list of the more common ones:
Please note how the machining center has a massive presence in industry. In fact, it occupies square miles in production departments all over the world; in fact, it is one of the most common machines in the world.
Now, if EVERYONE has this technology available… let me guess: your competitor will also have one or more machining centers at its company.
When you run up against your competitors, whether you produce the same product in a good way or bad way, generally speaking you are dealing with the following aspects, in order to have some chance of taking home the job.
When purchasing one or more MACHINING CENTERS, your instinct tells you to FIGHT in order to obtain the best price, with hardline negotiations, pitting many competitors against each other and hoping to pay the less for your machines thanks to your negotiating skills.
Once the machine has been purchased, the focus shifts onto other elements, the most important of them being the cost of labour which, as everyone knows, in ‘developed countries’ bears significantly on the final cost of the product.
In this case too, the company tries to pay personnel the lowest wages possible compared to the competition.
Years ago, and today still, these analyses have spawned the various de-localisation ideas aimed at cutting this specific cost, the alternative is to automate with robot which, in any case, force you to eliminate a simple operator and have one specialized on the robot.
This is a good way if you succeed in utilizing the specialized one on many robotized systems, or if you already have in your company a specialized operator working on other machines.