The new system has had an instant impact on productivity.
Raf said: “Now we can take the CAD drawing and the system will produce the codes automatically and send it directly to the machines. That eliminates potential human error and has reduced the amount of time it took to programme and machine by up to 30%. That is a significant gain.”
The new system has enabled Raf and his management team to streamline processes, balance customer demand with optimised production, reduce waste, increase operator efficiency and reduce machine idleness.
Hudson Swan now have access to accurate, meaningful and real-time data to enhance their decision-making. This will enable it to improve production planning and material organisation to achieve the least cost and most efficient flow of materials through the business. Making best use of its machines will also help Hudson Swan reduce its energy consumption. Raf said the step-change in technology will have a huge impact on skills with his team.
“Workington has some of the most deprived areas in the UK, so job security and skills are important values of the business. As part of that we are investing in young people, our future engineers. These lads are very tech savvy. They grew up using PC language, coding. It’s easy for them to pick up this technology and gives them some new skills. There’s an enjoyment to that, job satisfaction. That benefits them, and that benefits us.”