Modern Machine Shop

DEC 2016

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BETTER PRODUCTION Shops Using Technology 116 MMS December 2016 • (815) 363-8268 • Type or Teach Positioning • Compact Flash Card Memory • Line Dot or Radius Fonts • No Limits to Line Numbers • Sequential Numbering • Date / Time Shift Coding Made in the USA by Kwik Mark Inc Dot Peen Marking for Text & Graphics For Direct Marking On: • Steel • Aluminum • Brass • Plastics Learn More A Must For Every Shop! employee has now been part of the company for 19 years. Along with boosting employee retention, he says that automation has helped SE W to continuously challenge its team while providing them with the flexibility necessar y to develop creative manufacturing solutions. SEW's journey into automation began in 1999, when it began to evaluate solutions for transfer- ring exhaustive work and extended hours from the workers to the machines. Initial discussions were met with some hesitancy among staff due to fear of job loss. To quash those concerns, management promised that any current jobs would not be lost as a direct result of automation. Managers knew that upholding this agreement was essential to long-term success and retain- ing the exper tise that they had nur tured over the years. The company's initial automation investments star ted of f simple with linear pallet systems, which helped increase machine utilization and SEW began its journey into automation with linear pallet systems, such as Makino's MMC2 shown here, which has enabled the plant to operate on a five-day workweek.

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