Whether at work, at a party or cookout, or any other time people come together, it’s only a matter of time before the most common topic of conversation arises: the weather. As summer’s first true heat wave has swept through the US, it reminds us all of just how much the seasons impact temperature.
Luckily, with modern HVAC systems we’re able to control our work environments to adjust to those fluctuations and allow us all to be productive. But, have you stopped to think about the impact seasons have on your costs of production?
If you’re like most people we meet, your initial reaction is probably, “Not much, we have HVAC systems and/or heating/cooling rooms to manage this.” Yet, after reviewing thousands of production lines, we’ve learned that changing seasons actually have a major impact not only on your costs, but on the capacity and quality of your production as well.
In 2009 we worked with a company that literally shut production down for the month of December. Because of the cold weather, even with traditional approaches to controlling ambient temperature, the time it took to get fluids to their proper viscosity made running the line unaffordable.
This, obviously, had a substantial negative effect on costs. It also cut the capacity for the plant. By taking a different approach – controlling the tempurature at the point of application (POA) – we were able to show them how to shorten the time required to get their fluids to useable viscosity from nearly seven hours to less than 10 minutes, making December just another productive month!
In another instance, we worked with a manufacturer outside of Toronto that produces gas tanks for a Japanese auto manufacturer. These gas tanks had a coating applied to them robotically. As the seasons changed, the consistency of application eroded leading to unacceptable results. They dealt with this by creating “seasonal robot programs.” Additionally, they had two people at the end of the process touching up areas that were missed due to variations in the process.
So, we asked them the simple question, “when does the process seem to run at its best.” After telling us early spring, we demonstrated how POA temperature control works, and how we could make every day early spring, while also freeing up their people to work on higher value activities.
With POA temperature control, you’re able to control variables that most people view as being uncontrollable, cut your costs and provide a tremendous operational advantage. Who knew that temperature could be an ally instead of an adversary? Well, actually, now you do!