Modern production has evolved to the point where each manufacturing facility is a highly specialized environment. Maximum output is the aim, and American manufacturers are doing more with less than ever before. Adjusted for inflation, the GDP per capita in the U.S. rose 300% from 1960 to 2017. Durable goods manufacturers have also raised output per worker by 166% since 1987.
These changes have as much to do with tenacity as they do technology. Manufacturers demand more of their facilities, and any downtimes or inefficiencies amplify wasted costs. Production equipment must therefore always be 100% tailor-fit to its environment. The number of workers, the process line environment, and even the exterior environment of the facility must all be taken into account.
The growing need for unique production equipment solutions that fit their unique environment has prompted Raab Sales to become problem-solving experts. Our consultations take into account complex factors that a less service-oriented equipment distributor would overlook. By strategizing with our clients and determining optimal solutions to fit their needs, we ensure that their specialized production is more reliable and efficient than ever.
Read on for an example of how one technician’s innovation was able to assist a particular customer with their unique challenge, helping them get more out of their equipment and avoid downtimes.
Raab Sales’ Innovation Turns Down the Heat With Industrial Cooling
It gets hotter in the Central Plains states than you might expect, especially recently. Valentine, Nebraska hit a record 102° F this past June, for instance.
In this hot, often humid environment, solid state equipment suffers. Increased friction, slower process speeds, moisture in critical areas, and other complications can all result. These issues, in turn, can cause a higher defect rate and greatly increase the chances of expensive process equipment repairs, resulting in downtime.
Such was the case with a recent consultation with a customer having issues throughout their process line. Rather than address each piece of equipment individually, one of our technicians hatched the idea to solve the problem of heat and humidity overall. By lowering the temperature of the entire facility through an industrial cooling system, equipment could run more smoothly and encounter fewer issues. In turn, the customer would extract more lifetime value out of their equipment by increasing output while reducing repair costs and downtimes.
As a solution, the technician custom-installed a system of ITW-Vortec coolers using 80/20 structural components. With a unique structure engineered specifically for their facility, the client was able to affordably integrate cooling into their facility and dramatically reduce the stress on important process equipment.
Implementing Custom Production Equipment Solutions to Make Your Facility More Productive
We’re problem solvers at Raab Sales, and we understand that our clients cannot make any compromises or accept a less-than-perfect solution. When every second of the production schedule counts, any amount of inefficiency or downtime can hurt.
Let us apply our comprehensive knowledge along with a fair share of elbow grease and innovation to get your facility running better. Whether it’s finding the right equipment or building a support frame for it from scratch using 80/20 t-slot components, we do whatever it takes to make your life easier.
Contact us today to start working on a custom solution for your facility.