HOW TO GET A ‘CUT’ ABOVE THE REST

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Au­tomat­ing your truss and frame plant is an in­vest­ment in your busi­ness and the fu­ture. To­day, the Aus­tralasian mar­ket has a num­ber of lin­ear saw sup­pli­ers claim­ing their au­to­ma­tion will im­prove safety and in­crease plant ef­fi­ciency. As a con­sumer, how can you cap­i­talise on this choice? Sim­pleask ques­tions and put the onus onto the ma­chin­ery sup­plier to pro­vide cor­rect, truth­ful an­swers that can be demon­strated. Here are some ques­tions to guide your de­ci­sion-mak­ing process:

Floor space is valu­able­can I con­fig­ure a sys­tem to suit my fac­tory? Here’s my avail­able space- how should I use it?

Th­ese ques­tions are vi­tal. You need to en­sure your equip­ment sup­plier has an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of your space re­quire­ment and its use. Your lin­ear saw needs to IM­PROVE your work­flow, not just fit into your fac­tory. Put the onus onto your sup­plier to make sure the equip­ment is con­fig­ured to your needs- not the other way around. Ma­te­rial flow, size, lo­ca­tion of waste bins, dust ex­trac­tion- all should suit your fac­tory and man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

How can op­ti­mi­sa­tion be struc­tured to work with my ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tions?

Op­ti­mi­sa­tion of mem­bers to re­duce waste and cost is a key fea­ture of all au­to­mated saw­ing sys­tems. To ben­e­fit from op­ti­mi­sa­tion it’s im­per­a­tive your lin­ear saw is set-up by a com­pe­tent, ex­pe­ri­enced En­gi­neer who un­der­stands the unique needs of your man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses. Would your pro­duc­tion be im­proved by com­bin­ing mem­bers to­gether on a truss-bytruss ba­sis only? Or by com­bin­ing a few trusses to­gether? Per­haps it’s by op­ti­mis­ing like mem­bers to­gether– in a batch cut­ting op­er­a­tion? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all ap­proach to op­ti­mis­ing and sys­tems must be tai­lored to the unique needs of each plant. You should have full con­trol of how the op­ti­mis­ing works and the out­comes. Min­imis­ing waste and cost is im­por­tant but th­ese need to be achieved while di­rectly match­ing your pro­duc­tion pro­cesses. A poor cut­ting or­der can negate sav­ings in tim­ber­make sure your sup­plier has the knowl­edge and flex­i­bil­ity nec­es­sary to do the job prop­erly.

What should my yearly main­te­nance bud­get be? Who can main­tain the saw? How quickly can I get spare parts and con­sum­ables?

When you in­vest in a lin­ear saw, it be­comes the cor­ner­stone of your fac­tory. If your saw stops, the en­tire fac­tory stops. So, make sure you un­der­stand the op­tions for main­tain­ing, ser­vic­ing and re­pair­ing your equip­ment. Where are re­place­ment parts held? Are they all in stock? How long will they take to get to you? What hap­pens if some­thing odd fails? Who can re­pair the equip­ment? What tools and train­ing are avail­able for staff or lo­cal con­trac­tors so they can com­plete ser­vices and re­pairs? Are on­line re­sources avail­able? What does the sup­port net­work look like? Is re­mote sup­port avail­able? Ask how much on av­er­age cus­tomers spend on sup­port and main­te­nance as there can be a very big dif­fer­ence be­tween sup­pli­ers- a fac­tor of­ten over­looked. On­go­ing main­te­nance and sup­port is crit­i­cal. Make sure you have as much con­trol over your own cir­cum­stances as pos­si­ble and then en­sure that when you need help from the sup­plier, you know the costs and time avail­abil­ity.

What skill level do my op­er­a­tors need?

The an­swer to this ques­tion lies in the soft­ware of the ma­chin­ery. A sim­ple user-friendly pro­gram that can be con­trolled from var­i­ous plat­forms and is de­signed for ba­sic op­er­a­tor use, are key fac­tors. It’s im­por­tant your provider reg­u­larly up­dates their soft­ware al­low­ing your ma­chine ac­cess to new, in­no­va­tive fea­tures- en­sur­ing your in­vest­ment keeps you at the lead­ing edge. If you’re look­ing at buy­ing a lin­ear saw- you need to ask the ques­tions and more im­por­tantly, COM­PARE the an­swers is it an in­vest­ment if you make the wrong choice? You want to en­sure your def­i­ni­tion of in­vest­ment reads- a thing worth buy­ing be­cause it IS prof­itable AND use­ful NOW and into the FU­TURE!

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