As the manufacturing industry continues to move towards leaner factory models, so does the demand for a higher level of technology and the corresponding skillsets of our modern labor force. At PBC Linear, we are continuing to build upon previous successes in lean manufacturing, keeping in stride with new automation technologies and advancements in our workforce. Our automated devices and machines are now doing tasks that were considered monotonous, labor-intensive, and posed a higher risk of injury for personnel. The results are advancements in the form of transferred and elevated skillsets that focus more energy on the inspection process and the quality of parts. For PBC Linear, that means a factory that is leaner, smarter, safer, and capable of greater output.
This article and the video below are part of a longer series that details how PBC Linear is incorporating technological enhancements into its production systems. The following examines the lights-out reliability of our Hitachi Flexible Manufacturing System, along with its benefits to our workers, our business, and most importantly our customers.