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Welcome New Team Member

August 29, 2017 by Scott Palochik

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member to espi – Vincent Cimorelli.  Vincent Joins espi as a Senior Consultant with over twenty years experience driving cost savings and increasing productivity through the design, testing and implementation of system improvements and initiatives.  Prior to joining espi, Vincent was the Technical Operation Manager for Reeb Millwork, the largest distributor of custom millwork products on the East Coast.  In this position, he was responsible for the technology used in all seven of Reeb’s manufacturing facilities.  Vincent was also part of a team responsible for the design and layout of a new facility that houses the second pre-finish operation, paint shop, door machining and assembly areas.  Vincent is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and has held several positions related to technology needs assessment, software selection, development, and implementation.

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Visit espi and Infor at Booth #364 at the Mid-Atlantic Design-2-Part Show

April 25, 2017 by Scott Palochik

Mid-Atlantic Design-2-Part Show
April 26 & 27, 2017 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center • Oaks, PA

 

For over 40 years, engineers and product manufacturers have relied on Design-2-Part Shows to find the best suppliers of custom components, parts and contract manufacturing services. Check out who’s exhibiting at Oaks, PA! Over 300 American job shops and contract manufacturers exhibiting their skills in design, prototypes, production runs, assemblies, electronics, value added services, and much more.!

http://www.d2p.com/2017-oaks-manufacturing-trade-show-exhibitors

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Data Gathering

August 8, 2016 by Scott Palochik

Engineer Looking at Data

 

The first “Best Practices” step to take in planning a new facility is Data Gathering. All of the information gathered here plays a crucial role in the sizing of the new or expanding an existing facility and ultimately establishing a more efficient manufacturing process and layout.

 

In order to get a baseline for current facility and operations that can then be used to properly plan for the future, the following items need to be secured:

 

  • All existing drawings (AutoCAD, Blueprints, etc) of the current AS-IS facility layout. These should have details of all production lines, equipment, workstations, material handling, etc. If none exist, they should be created.
  • A full inventory of all current equipment with machine name along with all dimensions, work space requirements, and all required utilities.
  • Current material handling equipment and any future equipment being planned.
  • All current and future planned product information.
  • Present product flows including routings, process sheets and any process (value) maps/flow charts.
  • Manning levels and capacity by operation or work center.
  • Production standards and historical data and metrics. Most current up to 2 years.
  • Current manufacturing volumes by process or operation.

 

Things to consider while gathering the needed data include:

 

  • Will there be a Lean/Cellular fabrication and what are or will be the assembly build processes
  • Are there sub-assemblies and/or multiple builds
  • What is the current material flow, staging, and storage and are there any special material handling factors
  • Will there be an inclusion of new, more efficient production and material handling equipment
  • Will there be any new automation and operational changes
  • What are the projected changes/additions to products or product families

 

Once this information has been gathered, it should be properly arranged by product or process and tied to position in the existing layout. This will be used to help in establishing current and future space needs. If the baseline is not correct and complete, projecting out future requirements may be difficult or incorrect so accuracy and completeness are a necessity.

 

Equipment List Data

 

Join us next week as we discuss the short and long-term volume requirements and capacity analysis to be factored in the sizing of the facility.

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Proper Facility Planning and Layout

August 1, 2016 by Scott Palochik

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Overview

There are many things to consider in preparation for expanding or building a new facility such as; What is the size we need not just for today, but for the next 3 to 5 years? How should we accommodate for new products? What type of production layout should we consider?

 

Proper planning is important because it sets the stage for the layout. When expanding or moving/building a new facility the key goals are to:

  • Operate at low cost
  • Accommodate new products
  • Produce varied products
  • Produce potentially high and / or low volume products
  • Produce at a high quality level

 

The key to proper planning is to evaluate your current needs and determine the requirements for your future needs. It makes no sense to go through the expense of expansion or move/build and find you’ve undersized your facility or will outgrow it in only 1-2 years.

 

Over the next several weeks we will cover in more detail the 5 key areas dealing with proper facility planning and layout. These are:

  1. Data Gathering
  2. Short and long-term volume requirements and capacity analysis
  3. Facility Sizing
  4. Macro Layout
  5. Detailed Layout

 

Join us next week as we discuss the information needed for the analysis of current and future capacity needs and to determine space requirements.

 

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