Cadpro's Matthew Weake spends a fair bit of time on the factory floor so this gives him a pretty good idea of how smoothly or otherwise an operation is running.
Here are a couple of examples of what he has come away with from recent visits:
In the past few weeks 2 company visits really stood out for me – Metro Glass and Sistema. Metro process raw glass sheets into finished panels with laminating, printing, double glazing units, tempering etc. They use a range of automation equipment from robots to waterjet cutters. What really impressed me was the way they have worked out to track complex jobs through production in a timely manner.
Sistema has been in the new of late with the change in ownership and they deserve the credit they have been given. It appears that they use as much local expertise as they can before heading off-shore in their automation processes and suppliers.
I’m always interested in the design side of things but invariably the conversations lead to data management and workflows through factories.
It is really refreshing to see local companies doing significant manufacturing here and doing it well with a focus on continuous business improvement.
Cheers for now
Matthew Weake BE(Mech)(Hons)
Mechanical & Manufacturing Sales
CADPRO Systems Ltd
Phone: +64 9 302 4028
Mobile: +64 274 820 845