CNC Machining Centers are designed to have a production process which is simple and flexible. These were purchased in order to counter the too productive processes that had been invested into.
In fact, the first super-productive machine tools were transfer machines, created with the aim of producing large quantities of individual types of parts.
These machines marked the era that I call HYPER PRODUCTIVITY, in which companies were looking for machines that could guarantee great speed in production.
But this business model then began to have major problems, because, from the 90’s onwards, with the arrival of fierce competition, large orders of individual types of parts became less frequent.
So, in order to amortize the cost of production, companies began to make STOCK.
That is, they began to stock the quantities of the unsold parts hoping to sell them in the future.
A rather suspicious production methodology that, in the medium term, has meant that many companies went bankrupt.
It is precisely here that the concept of “Lean manufacturing”, i.e. “lean production”, is born.
Are you an operator in the world of Manufacturing?
Do you take care of the production department or do you have to deal with machine tools, cycle times, costs per piece and retooling?
Well, this article is for you.
Everything starts from the usual problem that arises at the basis of the purchase of a machine tool.
The vast majority of entrepreneurs or production managers in the manufacturing world who want to invest in new machine tools usually look at a figure that, in my opinion, is perhaps among the least important.
And you will think: “Of course, what impacts most of all on the purchase choices is certainly how much the machine tool will cost”
A revolution is already contained in the title. This is an example of how a simple sentence can mean revolutionizing a company from top to bottom.
The article comes from a recent survey launched to customers and potential customers to whom I asked the following two questions:
This question allows you to focus on the right item or main feature you are looking for, so you can direct your choice immediately on the category of machines suitable for you.
The key points that everyone consider as most important can be numerous, it is not always the same for everyone.
For example, for some production departments the most important item may be the price of the machine, while for others the most important item is the cycle time or the change of production.
There is no rule, everyone chooses according to the needs of his company.
Next week I will attend the CHICAGO fair where, since 1986, I have always attended (yes, you have done the correct calculations … I was 12 years old).
Obviously at the beginning I was with my father, who took me with him to make me explore the world.
This year it is EXACTLY 32 years that I have attended the fair, first for “sport” and then it became my job.
Initially we were present thanks to a joint venture signed by my father in Geneva in the beginning of the 80s, with the American company GOSS & DELEEUW which was in fact one of the pioneer companies that invented the TRANSFER MACHINE in 1923!