Today I tell you a story of a customer in the AUTOMOTIVE world, and how two apparently similar roads lead to two completely different results.
Once upon a time, there was a customer who, having taken an important order, had to produce an AUTOMOTIVE component, to be precise, a BOSCH component with very, very close tolerances.
Already as a premise, considering the sector, tolerances, and final customer you can understand that there are all the right ingredients for a truly adventurous story with twists and choices to deal with. Very challenging!
And here is our protagonist who starts the research to decide in which machines to invest in order to better produce the new order.
After a long and complicated research, given the quantities of the product to be produced, the customer had selected two final solutions to choose from: the first was a Transfer Machine capable of producing the piece in 12.6 seconds or 3 Multicenter Machines each at 38 seconds a piece that in any case would have produced at a rate of 12.6 seconds per piece.
Incidentally, let’s give real names and surnames, because there are too many endorsements that praise certain products that are entirely made up. The funny thing is that it is never possible to verify them, and this aspect, which is the result of science-fiction marketing, upsets me a great deal!
Why? Well.. Because there is no signature at the bottom of these endorsements; no one knows who this super satisfied customer is and, because of privacy laws, you are not allowed to know… This is a typical gimmick!
Today I want to address an issue that I often deal with: is it better to buy a TWIN-SPINDLE or the MULTICENTER? Looking at how often I am asked this question, I decided to dedicate an article to the subject.
When the number of parts to be produced starts to increase, and one machine is not enough, over the years I was able to see 3 possible solutions:
Let’s analyse, step by step, the 3 options described above starting with the most instinctive one, i.e. to increase the number of machines.
As mentioned, this is the most instinctive option. I produce 200 pieces with one machine, I have to produce 800 pieces. What do I do? Buy another 3 machines.
Why am I speaking of INSTINCT? Because INSTINCT is an automatic behaviour. This means that it is not the result of learning or of personal choice. Instinct has a rather rigid relationship with what you desire.
This aspect intrigued me. I tried to better understand how instinct works and this is what I found.
A peculiar characteristic of an instinctive action is the lack of bases from past experiences, but it seems to be an innate behaviour, as if it had come from a characteristic inherent in our genetic makeup, and is carried out in a similar way by different individuals, often without a clear purpose.
The 2050 seems so far … but if I think of my son who is 11 years old, in 2050 he will be younger than I am in this moment. He will still be in his thirties and it will be his moment.
Here in Barcelona at CISCO Live, in a room full of 15,000 people we tried to imagine the evolution from now til 2050; the challenges and changes that will come faster than ever.
Honestly speaking, at the end of the presentation I was rather scared by what the near future holds for us. That’s why I decided to write it down and share the experience with you.
In 2022, just a few years away, we will see in Dubai flying cars, a project that is in place, real, will be taxi with Hovercraft technology, i.e. air bearing that will lift the taxi from 30cm ground and will have no contact. For this, by definition, they will be flying cars.