The following is a summary of our ebook, Solving Modern Manufacturing Challenges: How to Turn the Latest Highs and Lows of Manufacturing in Your Favor.
Download the ebook for a deeper dive into these challenges:
- Skilled Labor Shortage
- Lean Manufacturing
- Health and Safety
- Digital Acceleration and Modernization
Production is a constant balancing act. Manufacturers must manage complex operations, ensure labor availability and work to improve efficiency. Technology is evolving more rapidly than ever and industry expectations are soaring. Your ability to meet production requirements means you must prioritize strategic adjustments and investments that directly remedy these issues.
Many are turning to automation and technology as means to overcome their challenges. Even switching out one inefficient manual process for an advanced, automated alternative can alleviate pressure across production.
We’ve seen the impact Xebec tools have had at machine shops and manufacturing facilities. They’ve helped manufacturers realize improved quality, productivity and efficiency. So, we want to share the specific ways integrating Xebec products into the deburring and finishing steps of your production can help you solve your biggest challenges and seize opportunities that will boost your team’s performance.
1. Skilled Labor Shortage
Labor shortages are some of the most difficult challenges to overcome. Many manufacturers are upskilling and reskilling as a strategy. They’re training employees on new skills to shift them into key skilled roles, and many are providing certification and degree opportunities.
Xebec Deburring Technologies can be part of this strategy at your facility. Hand-deburring and -finishing are some of the less desirable tasks in production. If you automate deburring and finishing, employees can be upskilled and trained to operate CNCs, machine, conduct quality control and more. Doing so will not only help with you fill needed positions, upskilling can also lead to greater employee loyalty and retention.
2. Lean Manufacturing
Running lean in manufacturing is all about improving efficiency and eliminating waste so you can lower costs. But it’s not about sacrificing quality for the sake of savings. When you invest in a tool to help you run lean, that investment should also help you move forward in an innovating industry.
Solutions from Xebec Deburring Technologies tick all of these boxes – and then some. They empower manufacturers to run lean while still growing and innovating. You can do more with less and still exceed standards for quality.
Xebec products are already helping manufacturers optimize their production processes, save time, better allocate their workforces, increase throughput and reduce scrap and rework.
3. Health and Safety
Health and safety are constant concerns in manufacturing, as the industry has a high rate of injuries and accidents. Protecting employees is a top priority. However, the nature of the work makes protecting them a challenge.
Fortunately, technology that helps increase health and safety on the shop floor is becoming more readily available and affordable. Automation and robots can take care of repetitive motion tasks and allow for social distancing where needed.
For example, Xebec ceramic fiber brushes reduce the need for manual deburring and finishing, which are otherwise tedious and ergonomically challenging tasks. Manual deburring can lead to injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, cuts, eye injuries and more. And moving parts for deburring and finishing processes can cause similar injuries and strain. Automating the process in your CNC machine with Xebec ceramic fiber brushes, which perform both deburring and finishing, is safer for employees.
4. Digital Acceleration and Modernization
With the rapid speed of digitization and modernization in manufacturing today, it can be difficult to keep up. But customers are coming to expect manufacturers to have the latest capabilities. Finding the time, labor and mindset necessary to improve processes and implement new technologies isn’t simple. But some investments, such as Xebec Deburring Technologies, can fit more seamlessly into production, so you can enjoy the benefits sooner and accelerate modernization at your company.
How? Xebec’s reps help with various aspects of the process that would otherwise make a new investment more time-consuming, such as design, testing, installation and training. And our experts have experience implementing these tools in a variety of industries. They can help you connect your investment to actual benefits.
Automation is helping manufacturers in many areas, from administration to supply chain management and production. With so many options for automation, you want to make those investments that will go farthest and have the greatest returns. You need automated solutions that solve your real and present challenges in terms of labor, quality, speed, efficiency and customer expectations.
Automating the deburring and finishing processes with Xebec Deburring Technologies can help you do just that. You’ll be able to meet today’s high standards for quality and productivity, all while actually saving on costs and increasing throughput.
Robotics are rising in popularity, and they represent an opportunity area you can enter with tools like Xebec ceramic fiber brushes, to combat your biggest challenges and achieve greater efficiency. Pairing Xebec products with robots allows you to automate deburring and finishing and save on costs. And it reduces your dependency on manual deburring. You’ll be able to reduce waste, save space on the shop floor and run leaner – all while continuing to meet precision requirements consistently.
About Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is gaining popularity, particularly in prototyping. When you use this process, you still typically need to deburr and finish the final product. Automating deburring and finishing as part of additive manufacturing will save you time and money and can be part of modernizing your overall production.
One Simple Change Can Go a Long Way
You probably have a long wish list for investments and adjustments that will improve operations and outcomes at your facility. But most often, it comes down to selecting the best investment to help you combat current issues and modernize. Automating deburring and finishing with Xebec Deburring Technologies will help you do both – but it will also do so much more. You create opportunities to increase throughput, you achieve quality and consistency with each run, and you optimize labor and spend.
Take a deeper dive into the challenges and opportunities prevalent in the manufacturing industry today – and how Xebec Deburring Technologies can truly make a difference – in our ebook, Solving Modern Manufacturing Challenges: How To Turn the Latest Highs and Lows of Manufacturing in Your Favor.
Learn more about how Xebec Deburring Technologies can help you modernize those old fashioned deburring processes. We specialize in the deburring and finishing of machined parts. Using our proprietary ceramic fiber tools and cutting- edge technology we will help you bring your deburring operations into the modern age.