How do you talk mandatory manufacturing modifications to your workforce?
Truly, there aren’t any massive modifications in manufacturing – only a small factor: Earlier than COVID-19, store flooring manufacturing orders from the ERP system had been distributed across the firm in paper type. Now the workers obtain the manufacturing order as PDF in an e-mail.
How has your provide chain been impacted? What have you ever performed to mitigate this? – e.g. have you ever needed to re-engineer a few of your merchandise?
Thankfully, little or no has modified for us. Typically we obtain the components mandatory for our merchandise from our suppliers in Austria barely delayed, however this doesn’t trigger any difficulties. In spite of everything, we function as a contract producer, amongst different issues, so we’re naturally very agile and proceed to obtain product specs from our prospects and manufacture them in keeping with their necessities.
Are you relying extra on automation now than earlier than? Or, is automation serving to you in new and surprising methods?
Even earlier than COVID-19, it was clear to us that we wanted to examine every course of step to find out if automating the step is feasible. If sure, we wish to automate it. Along with the dearth of expert employees, the value strain we’re underneath as a contract producer can also be decisive. Each hour that we make higher use of our services helps us to stay aggressive.
At the moment, automation helps us much more than earlier than – even earlier than COVID-19, supply occasions had been very spotty. This has now change into even worse: A lot of our prospects work of their residence places of work or work decreased hours. Consequently, they not have full and everlasting entry to their knowledge and this will trigger a delay of their orders. But our supply stays the identical. As an alternative of a supply time of three or 4 weeks, it’s at the moment solely two weeks in some instances. That could be very tight, however due to the cobot we make it because it runs by means of the evening and in addition on weekends.