HOW TO GET A ‘CUT’ ABOVE THE REST
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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