Since jump-starting October with Rhode Island Manufacturing Association’s “Manufacturing Week Kickoff”, EBM has been busy! A topic that came up during many conversations at the convention is a need for adaptation in an ever-changing industry.
Being aware and proactive in order to make appropriate adjustments is ke
y for any manufacturer in the face of change. But while modern technology can be exciting and progressive, it takes more than just buying the latest and greatest machine to secure success. In addition to running business-as-usual, adding new technology to any organization can create a domino effect of change.
This month alone, EBM has invested in two new machines–the Haas ST-20 Turning Center and Keyence IM-7501 Image Dimension Measuring System. Although these machines are vastly different in size and functionality, they still require a list of considerations before they’re ready to use. These are some of the considerations needed to accommodate our new machines:
- Machine should stand on a continuous concrete slab.
- The leveling feet of the machine must be at least 12″ (300 mm) from the edge of the concrete slab.
- Isolate the machine from vibration from other machines or other sources. Do not put the machine on inappropriate surfaces. This includes asphalt, brick, wood or dirt.
- If you plan to put the machine on a floor other than the ground level, consult with a structural expert.
Machine Placement: Appropriate space and placement is important in making sure your new machine can work properly and efficiently long term. This sounds simple in logic, however the machine itself is not the only thing to take into consideration. Location preparation, entrance capacity, and equipment to lift/move the machine. Operational needs like barfeeds and outlet availability are also important factors.
Electrical Requirements: Electrical needs are also a necessary consideration when planning machine placement. The correct supply circuit-breaker, input supply, and wire size need to be assessed for proper operation.
Air Requirements: Air pressure supply and pressure need to be accurate, as well as the compressor’s power output, duty rating, and capacity.
Coolant Requirements: Coolant type and concentration need to be correct to avoid overheating.
Operational Requirements: New technology usually means new software and programming. Providing operators with resources necessary to be aptly educated and trained in working and trouble-shooting these applications is imperative.
As you can see, investing in new technology is more than the initial monetary commitment. Adapting to new technology requires a great deal of planning, measuring, educating, and maintenance for long-term success. At EBM, we are always working towards the betterment of our facility and our employees so that we can maintain our success long-term.
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