OEMs Find Cost Savings Through Subassembly at Steiner Mod Shop

Steiner’s Mod Shop and Assembly offers original equipment manufacturers kitting, sub-assembly and product modification. Together, these services provide cost savings, convenience and increases in operational efficiency. The Steiner Mod Shop provides services and modifications for several types of products, including Scaffolding Transformers, Power Cables and Modified Enclosures.

Kitting

Kitting provides cost reductions during the order and shipping process. It offers the benefit of preassembling several individual items into one kit that is ready-to-ship. This affords greater efficiency over picking and packing each individual item as the order is received.

OEMs use MRP systems, which make parts management easier. In order to reduce processing times through kitting, it is essential for the OEM to ensure the correct parts are available for assembly.

Sub-Assembly and Product Modification

A Sub-assembly is a collection of parts put together separately but designed to be incorporated with other units. They are used in the making of a larger assembly or final product.

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Steiner’s Mod Shop offers a way of removing labor-intensive processes that can delay production. Steiner’s mod shop allows businesses to streamline the production process, reduce ordering costs and simplify the supply process. This provides the benefits of a reduction in labor hours and storage space required for inventory components.

Steiner’s product modifications include:

  • Completed din rail assemblies
  • Multiple part consolidation
  • Pre-wired components
  • Sub-assemblies
  • Wiring harness
  • Custom whips

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The Mod Shop

The process begins with a phone call – and together, Steiner and each customer collaborate to identify the opportunity for a cost-effective solution. Every solution is a customized approach delivered to the customer based on their individual needs.

In one instance, Steiner worked with a customer whose workflow required the continual reordering of 10 individual parts. Through the help of the mod shop, the customer can now order a single customized kit, providing a more streamlined process that improves operating efficiencies.

Modified products are made for each customer – meaning they are all custom-fit for each application and company – and because of this, customers are confident they are getting exactly what they need when ordering. For instance, companies that provide scaffolding rely on Steiner to provide the power solutions to operate their scaffolding through custom power cord assemblies and transformers. In other applications, customers count on Steiner for custom modifications of safety switches.

Production managers, material managers and purchasing managers are just some of those that have been able to reduce processing costs and improve operational efficiencies from Steiner’s mod shop services. Industries that have used and benefited from Steiner’s modification items include package equipment manufacturers, suspended access manufacturers, and food packaging manufacturers.

Benefits of utilizing Steiner’s Mod Shop and Assembly include:

  • Reduced labor costs
  • Faster turn-around times
  • Reduction of component inventories
  • Simplified ordering processes
  • Increased production levels

Find out more about Steiner’s Mod Shop and Assembly by calling 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

Use OEE to Increase Machine Productivity through Data Driven Manufacturing

The innovations coming to the manufacturing world may not be brand new, but for many machine shops these evolutionary innovations, such as OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness) are still in the early adopter stage. “Lean Six Sigma” is one of the newer buzzwords being more frequently mentioned. The concept has been around for many years and its principles shared under a multitude of titles. For instance, this methodology has been called JIT, TQM (Total Quality Maintenance) and Kaizen to name a few.

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Regardless of the vernacular used, overall, the meaning is the same. All of these terms describe the Standardization of processes and procedures to increase efficiency and bring more IFO (Income From Operations) to the company bottom line. In other words, what these programs can offer, is the ability to measure the effectiveness of a procedure, and evaluate any waste from Time, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over production, Over processing, Defects, and Skills.

These concepts have been around for a while but quite frankly not implemented effectively in many organizations outside of the enterprise level. Major corporations such as Toyota, Motorola, Ford, Chrysler and others in the Automotive, Medical, and Aerospace sectors have utilized these initiatives as a source of greater profit and efficiency for decades. It is now imperative for smaller and medium sized organizations to also adopt these strategies due to the competitive nature and flattening of the global economy.

Eliminate Waste

The idea of eliminating waste is not just a mindset for employees themselves to generate optimal efficiency, but it’s an ideology that crosses over to machines as well. It is beneficial for machines to be monitored, to ensure they are running correctly and producing efficiently. The evolution of software and hardware that interfaces with machine tools whether they be CNC or Manual PLC based machinery has started gaining heavy traction in the manufacturing industry. Measuring efficiency and capacity in real-time so reactive measures can be deployed quickly is the goal all organizations are trying to achieve in order to increase overall profitability.

Getting rid of Muda (Wastefulness) needs to be the goal moving forward for smaller to medium shops. Waste creates constraints leading to profit losses, poor delivery, poor quality, and lower machine efficiency. Smaller companies have less cash flow to absorb these inefficiencies thus making it crucial to have the data to manage constraints in real-time.

Data Driven Manufacturing

Data Driven Manufacturing is another new buzzword that is an important concept to consider.  Look at the sports world and all the analytics that are now used to determine how managers and coaches react to situational events in a game. Watch the movie “Money Ball” – the sports industry laughed and scoffed at Billy Bean who was the pioneer in using analytics to build a baseball team. The team the movie was based on, however, achieved one of the longest winning streaks ever in Major League Baseball. Fast forward to today and making data driven decisions is a practice used by most organizations. Using that same philosophy in manufacturing by capturing data in real-time to optimize efficiency and productivity can have a profound impact on increasing IFO.

OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness)

OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness) is a Six Sigma Concept that is gaining traction in the industrial industry and one of the most important pieces of data that can be mined to affect IFO.

OEE is made up of measuring three key components: Availability, Performance, and Quality.

An overall OEE score of 85% is considered world class. When initially installing its software to measure these three components in real-time at customer facilities Steiner has found most machines are under optimized and operating in the 30-40% range.

Availability, Quality & Performance, the key components of OEE.

Now thinking about that a little more deeply, if a machine tool – which is the money maker in all manufacturing facilities – is only utilizing 35% of actual capacity available, then it is not running on all cylinders. Before purchasing a new machine tool, manufacturers should ensure existing equipment is being utilized at its maximum output capacity, thereby potentially avoiding the need to make a large capital investment. Steiner deploys a software solution that has solved this operational inefficiency problem for all machines in the industry, whether it be new CNC or older legacy CNC equipment.

The software solution can also extract this vital data from Stamping Equipment, Injection Molding Equipment, Screw Machine Equipment, and many other computerized and manually operated machines in the metal working industry. Steiner currently has installs optimizing many of these types of machines and can bring the technology to any manufacturing organization.  Steiner application consultants can provide education and insights on the technology to help manufacturers better understand this innovative new data driven reporting. For more information about the software solution, please email or call 847-956-3125 to speak with a seasoned Steiner application expert.

 

Manufacturing Innovations

The Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show is coming to Milwaukee from October 6-8, 2015. Since 1989, this 3-day conference has been the Midwest’s premier machine tool show, where the industry gathers to showcase the latest innovations in manufacturing and industrial metalworking. Featured events sprinkled over the length of the conference offer insights on various aspects of the industry strategies for incorporating 3D printing in both established and upcoming manufacturing environments.

However, it’s the dozens of exhibits on display that are the real stars of the show, including an exhibit featuring CribTrack

Visit us during the conference at booth #0538 to see our new CribTrack industrial CribTrackvending machine. This amazing yet simple tool tracking and storage system offers unprecedented security and efficiency in one cost-effective, easily maintained system. Inventory tracking and distribution of the items needed for workers to complete their daily assignments has never been easier.

CribTrack offers cameras for security, cameras that record every transaction and can be accessed from anywhere through a simple web-based interface. That kind of accountability will ensure reduced supply shrinkage. And because CribTrack has no motors or other moving parts to wear out, its energy efficient design is built for dependable, long-lasting service.CribTrack-Steiner

While you are at our CribTrack booth, don’t forget to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win a fun gift – including a shot at The Huffy Green Machine!huffy-green-machine

Steiner Electric representatives will also be stationed at booth #0135, where we will be on hand to exhibit how our Metalworking and Industrial Supply services can help reduce operating costs and maximize output efficiencies. Stop by to explore how we support the entire machine tool process. Our approach integrates the industry’s leading manufacturers and top products, which helps enable maximum productivity for our clients through process improvements and cost reductions. You’ll also find Castrol representatives at the booth with us to discuss the latest in industrial lubrication technology, and you can meet our friends from Memex, who will be offering demonstrations on Operating Equipment Effectiveness.metalworking-Steiner

We look forward to seeing you this week at the Wisconsin Expo Center in Milwaukee’s State Fair Park.

If you can’t make it, contact us for more information about our CribTrack industrial vending machine, including pricing and availability. Or find us at steinersupply.com in order to see how we can help with all of your industrial metalworking and supply needs.

Knockout Punch Systems Cutting Sheet Metal Like Butter

The knockout punch is an essential tool for electricians. Contractors and installers know hydraulic-systemthat the hallmark of quality workmanship is clean and accurate cuts. While a hole-saw is able to grind its way through sheet metal, it takes a knockout punch to meet the demanding expectations of a professional. Continue reading “Knockout Punch Systems Cutting Sheet Metal Like Butter”

Metalworking Traditions Inspire Artists around the World

Artistic metalworking has come a long way since the late Neolithic era. Today’s artists benefit not only from a mountain of past culture and experience, but also from continuing advances in technology and unprecedented access to materials. From basic crafts that groups of children can do to mind-boggling industrial projects that require teams of architects and engineers to envision and years of labor to complete, the practice of metalworking has become intrinsic to societies across the modernized world.

The work of individual sculptors likewise continues to impress.

For millennia, individual artists have created phenomenal works of art out of various types of metal. Museums overflow with collections made from gold, silver, bronze, and steel. But advances in steel manufacturing have resulted in a significantly weather-resistant medium, which is embraced by English artist Robin Wight. Take a look at his amazing sculptures, which he painstakingly forms using galvanized and stainless steel wire.

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The wire’s workability, coupled with the artist’s practiced hand, results in the sensual fluidity of the various fairy poses, as well as the illusory sense of motion as the wind seems to rip through the dandelion seeds. Much of Wight’s sculptures have been commissioned for the gardens at the Trentham Estate in the United Kingdom, where you can view more of his work.

Of course, metal only truly becomes fluid at very high temperatures.

That is why it makes an excellent medium for these stalwart yet elegant tree sculptures, also crafted from wire from American artist Kevin Iris.

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Finally, for the ultimate in upcycling, there is scrap metal and yard art.

Examples of scrap metal art range from the simple to the stunning. They can be found at flea markets, farmers markets, and craft shows throughout the world. This is the type of project almost anyone can do using supplies found in typical kindergarten classrooms, like repurposing aluminum cans to make bird feeders, lanterns, and toys.

But not all scrap metal art is so basic.

A studio in Thailand called BanHunLek shapes and welds scrap metal scavenged from junk yards – particularly defunct automobiles – to create models that would make any comic book or science-fiction geek drool. His work includes models of everything from Disney characters to characters from the Terminator, Predator, and Alien movies. One of his most impressive, however, is this Hulk, which virtually ripples with power.

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Of course, Steiner Metalworking Solutions is a bit different than the art above, but not as much as you might think. Precision is still a necessity. Efficiency is key. Increasing productivity is essential. From abrasives to sawing solutions to precision instruments, our Metalworking and Industrial Supplies Division is awaiting your call!

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