For a manufacturer and processor of all types of metal tube products, such as pipes, it is very important to have good productivity and workflow on the factory floor. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that workflow can make the difference between a profitable business and one that does not make money for the owner. Focusing on every aspect of that workflow, from receiving the metal tube stock to shipping the final product, helps business owners to find areas to save money, improve worker safety, and produce a better product that will sell for a higher price.
Examining Your Workflow and Making Positive Changes
It is possible to examine your entire factory’s workflow and make changes that will bring benefits to you and your workers. For example, how does your metal stock arrive on the factory floor? Is the tubing received in bundles or crates, and then manually loaded into cut-to-length machine? If you can purchase and handle tubes in hexagon bundles, then consider adding an auto-loading system that can lift and deliver single tubes to the cutoff machine.
Or perhaps you notice that your workflow slows down as your workers shuttle processed stock from one machine to another. The actual processing may not take as much time as moving the tubes from one location to another for cutting, beveling or other endfinishing details.
With a rotating head cutoff machine equipped with tube loading and unloading capabilities, you no longer have these issues. Stock is loaded once, on the front end, and the finished tubes are ready for in-house assembly or shipment to your customers. By cutting out the tremendous amount of handling that occurs in between, you are able to streamline your process. This has several benefits:
- Saving money. There is no doubt that you can save money by streamlining your processes. The less time your workers have to spend moving stock around, the more time they can spend processing and filling orders. More orders filled means, ultimately, more money for your company and perhaps even the opportunity to improve your client base by attracting bigger clients to whom you can deliver larger orders.
- Improving worker safety. It is important not to discount worker safety improvements as one of the benefits of a better system. The less your workers have to handle your stock, the less opportunity there is for injuries and accidents. Streamlining your processes helps your workers avoid problems that lead to injuries
- Producing a better product. Ultimately, your final product improves with a more efficient system. With a rotating head cutoff machine, you lose the vibration that results in nicks and burrs, producing a better product and cutting down on waste that costs you money.
By analyzing your work flow, identifying bottlenecks, and then making basic changes, you’ll be able to improve your productivity and, ultimately, your profit margin.
At Hautau, we have spent decades helping our clients improve productivity with installation of rotating head cutoff machine systems. We have the knowledge to help you examine and improve your productivity with our products. Give us a call today to speak to one of our professionals and learn more about how we can help you save money and make your workplace more effective and efficient!