- Micha Rüegger
In advertising, there is a big difference between adorning the truth and making false claims. Companies of all industries are regularly punished for promoting mediocre products with wild claims. However, many companies are allowed to continue their business without restraint, including machine manufacturers for the manufacturing industry. Wait a moment. Are we claiming that producers of CNC machines, milling machines and multi-axis robots are doing dirty business? No of course not. Only a few, perhaps. But that's not the point here. In this article we discuss the question of whether you can rely on time studies as a purchase criterion when purchasing a new machine.
There has never been anything good coming from a drive-in
We have all been inspired by advertising for a food or a fast food item. Often enough, an appealing TV spot, in which even a supposed savings offer is praised, and five minutes later you sit with a watery mouth in the car and is on the way to the drive-in.
Expectation vs. Reality - The disappointment is inevitable
Arrived at the destination for the culinary delights the large-format glossy posters confirm our decision for the Super Special once again and we happily order the new Superburger with miracle sauce. And of course, what five minutes and a routine handover by a minimum wage employee later comes has absolutely nothing to do with the product on the glossy poster in front of the entrance and much less with the burger from the TV spot.
The little basics of tricking at machine sales
Do not worry, you did not accidentally end up on the blog of a fast food critic, it's still about buying machines for the manufacturing industry. The manufacturers of such machines use a similar tactic as the fast food producers. To stay with the fast food example: Imagine, the employee comes back with a small plastic bowl, in which all the ingredients for the Superburger are included. All you have to do is assemble the burger yourself and then pour the miracle sauce at the pumping station next door. The same is true of many customers who want to purchase new machines for production, and who use time studies from manufacturers as a sales argument.
Time Studies - As useful as a glider in a blizzard
Machine manufacturers and retailers rely less on TV spots and glossy posters to increase their sales, but even more on the time studies. There is only one small problem: they often only get the burger in the plastic bowl, since in the time studies is very seldom the set-up time considered. It is usually about the processing time of a part. Many forget here that the greater cost factor is often in the set-up, especially since here in addition to the machine cost and working time must be included.
Optimal Investment with MySolutions
Basically, you need an optimal set-up time calculation for the long-term use of a new machine depending on the industry. Think in long terms and order a new machine not just for a current need or a current product. The MySolutions Group will gladly advise you and work with you to find out how to use your investment properly. Contact us to find the best solution for your machine needs together.