Manufacturing industries are always keen on controlling one of the biggest expenses associated with their businesses. Production managers are always under pressure to make sure that their space is managed in the most effective manner possible, and not even an inch of space gets wasted.
Outsourcing items not directly in your line of specialty can help ensure overall quality and reduce costs. But outsourcing is also the biggest possible vulnerability of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). A single little item can hold up the whole large project if the outsourcing contractor defaults in timely delivery. And a single small outsourced item can ruin the project if it does not have the requisite quality. The smallest glitch in timing, or quality can irreparably damage the reputation of the most established OEM.
So, should we stop outsourcing? No; sometimes it is the wisest course. Outsourcing is necessary, but with due caution. The following are some important questions you must answer about your prospective outsourcing contractor.
Are you properly testing your motors?
The importance of motor insulation testing should not be pushed aside or neglected. Making sure the insulation around the motor is still working efficiently is just as important as checking motors and testing their performance. This insulation is susceptible to dirt, moisture, temperature, vapors, oil, and aging. However, if the insulation is not kept in good condition, it can cause motor failures, which is much more costly and damaging, then simply testing and taking care of the insulation itself.
Careless outsourcing can become an extreme weakness for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here are some common mistakes an OEM may commit while outsourcing.
In order to stay ahead in industry and to keep a company profitable, it is important to stay up to date with technology. Using the most efficient systems and products in manufacturing can help your company save money and save energy, which helps to not pollute the earth.
Preventative Maintenance: Part 2 of 2
Last week we considered the three core ingredients of any preventative maintenance program: time, talent, and tools. Yet even programs that achieve these building blocks may still decay and lapse into inefficiency. Many defunct preventative maintenance programs today are the ghosts of good practices from years before. Why?
Preventative Maintenance: Part 1 of 2
It doesn’t take much thought to imagine the benefits of a first class preventative maintenance system. Who doesn’t want minimal downtime, lower costs for repairs and spare parts, higher quality outputs, increased safety, and longer equipment lifespan? But in reality, maintenance falls into neglect with a “fix it when it breaks” mentality. That attitude seeps into any kind of application, from industrial control panels to OEM equipment, because it starts in the company’s culture.
While starting up a preventative maintenance program or whipping an existing routine into shape may feel like climbing a mountain, once pushed into motion, the program pays for itself. In Preventative Maintenance: Part 1, we'll cover some tips and common sense guidelines to get started on your preventative maintenance renaissance.
Everyone loves the sound of a better bottom line, but how do you cut costs without sacrificing quality? Cut too many corners and products malfunction, creating a ripple effect of expensive repairs and damage control down the line.
Fortunately, there are ways to save costs in panel building without gambling on the cheapest sticker price.
Take a look at the three top factors in the panel building process that inflate the cost. Most of the dollar signs crop up in development, construction, or expertise.
There are a several reasons why you might need to outsource an HVAC panel project, and a few reasons why people hesitate to contact a panel builder.
In some cases, a project may require enough HVAC panels that building in-house would stretch resources to the breaking point, or leech resources from the core of your business. On the other extreme, panel projects may be too infrequent or don’t require many panels per project, making it inefficient to devote a slice of the pie to fabrication alone.
So it’s time to look for a panel builder. Why the hesitation?
Slowly but surely the Automation industry is making advances. Some areas of improvement like safety and efficiency seem to be second nature, while others such as mobile information and cloud systems can take some time adapting and using. Nonetheless, it is important to keep up on industry trends in order to advance your business and stay ahead of the competitor.