It's all about Sheetmetal Velocity
Case history Leer, Inc. USA
By Brad F. Kuvin, Editor
The evolution from batch production to kits has dramatically improved manufacturing efficiency at Leer, Inc., an OEM manufacturer of ice merchandisers, as well as walk-in coolers. That lean conversion to kit production, occurring in 2015, hinged on the successful implementation of a sheetmetal production line that integrates a shear/punch combination machine with a CNC panel bender, all from Salvagnini. Installed at Leer's 200,000-sq.-ft. plant in New Lisbon, WI, early in 2015, the line replaced a more conventional, and relatively inefficient, production process.
Leer's new Salvagnini FMS stars, left to right: a 12-shelf automated material-storage tower, combination shear/punch machine and CNC panel bender. Compared to the more conventional sheetmetal-fabrication process it replaced, the FMS has enabled an evolution from batch production to kitted, and greatly improved output while slashing labor content.