Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The high value of manufacturing efficiency


Rockwell Automation recently rejected a buyout offer from Emerson Electric of $29 Billion. That's a lot of dough, and that's a lot of NO.
(See the full story here at IndustryWeek.)

Rockwell claims they see more potential in expanding their innovative products and entering new markets with their manufacturing technology. Analysts will surely note that there are many more complex unseen factors impacting this proposition.

The future of manufacturing appears healthy, but competitive
One thing about this story is clear: manufacturers see a healthy future, and they are investing heavily in advanced processes to be sure they can be competitive. As indicated by this news story, I can think of 29 Billion reasons that support this claim.

Toyota, the standard-bearer of manufacturing efficiency for the past 50 years, is designing new factories to be more nimble and flexible. They are developing their New Global Architecture manufacturing system to focus on customized production runs of 1, 2, 3 or 4 units at a time rather than lots of 50 or more.

If you also work with many SKU's, you may want to evaluate your process with GSG. The experienced team of engineers and industry veterans may be able to help you improve your efficiency and productivity.

3 keys to competitive manufacturing:

Know your OEE factors
The Greenlight XT monitoring system from Gribetz can automatically track machine performance, piece-counts and other metrics to keep you informed of productivity in real-time. It work on your own internal network or you can access data from anywhere via the Internet. Best of all - it can be added to nearly any existing equipment with no additional machine programming.


Eliminate non-value-add touches
Systems like the Gribetz DST-60 puts more value into you product. Every time a worker touches your product without improving it (adding value), you lose money. Each time it's manually lifted, moved, loaded, unloaded... diminishes the value of that product. The DST-60 automatically brings the quilt panel to the flanger/serger operator so his efforts can be focused on value-adding processes.


Use flexible equipment for customized production
The newest quilter from Gribetz is the Spectrum, a revolutionary mattress quilter with 15 independent sewing heads! You can diversify your panel production mid-stream because no time-consuming needle changes are required to change panel designs. The computerized system automatically directs each sewing head to operate as needed. The Spectrum operates with a real sewing speed of 1400 RPM, so you can have a flexible production schedule and maintain high-volume production!

These are just three ways to improve your manufacturing process. As Rockwell and Toyota would confirm, there are many more variables, so consult with a GSG rep soon to see where to get started on the many possibilities from GSG.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lasting innovation changes how things get done.


If you've visited Google today, you've surely seen this Google Doodle. It's the 131st anniversary of the patent filing for the paper hole punch. Congratulations, Friedrich Soennecken, you've made the world a better place through your innovation.

Thousands of patented innovations have fallen by the wayside long before their 131st anniversary. To succeed, innovation must meet the following criteria:
  • Clearly solve a widespread problem
  • Work efficiently and effectively for an enduring time
Gribetz International introduced a new innovation in 2017 - the Spectrum quilter. It's a unique mattress quilter with 15 individual operating sewing heads. They can automatically turn on and off for different pattern designs without requiring time-demanding needle changes. All of this amazing production is accomplished at a sewing speed of 1400 RPM!

Gribetz Spectrum with programmable needle pattern production

Here's how it meets the previously listed criteria of success:

Problem(s): solved
Today's mattress manufacturers must meet new demands for speed and flexibility in ever-changing production runs. Traditional fixed-needle quilt machines force a manufacturer to either accept costly downtime to change needle settings with some pattern changes, or forfeit production flexibility by only committing to a limited number of pattern design choices. Using a Gribetz Spectrum, production up-time improves with no needle setting changes, and you can make your production schedule more flexible and responsive to change, providing more design choices for more customers.

Enduring effectiveness
It's a Gribetz! That's one of the most trusted names in mattress machinery, and that's because their quilters have been proven to work for generations of business owners. We can't match the enduring legacy of Friedrich Soennecken yet, but we're headed there. Gribetz has been innovating mattress quilting for over 75 years!

Learn more about the new Gribetz Spectrum here today, and look for this mattress production innovation's Google Doodle in about 130 years!