For Immediate Release:
Five Ways to Reduce Capital Equipment Spend in Tough Times
Diego, CA, August 13, 2009 – Firms in the light assembly and
manufacturing spaces are
facing the smallest budgets for capital equipment in recent memory.
and technicians at these firms are struggling to find ways to extend
of equipment on the shop floor, while still maintaining productivity
Eddie Silverberg, CEO of Flexible
Assembly Systems, a leading integrator of
torque tools and equipment, provides advice on five simple ways his
have succeeded on small budgets:
Get manufacturer advice on how to extend the usage life
of your equipment.
Industrial firms can place many
thousands or millions of
dollars on the purchase of new capital equipment. In Flexible
a high-end torque screwdriver or electric screwdriver can have a
less than six months if not used properly. “We find that our happiest
tend to be the ones who know what they’re buying. We work hard with
customer to make sure to educate them on how to properly torque down a
fastener, maintain an ergonomic environment for the operator, and use
where appropriate,” states Eddie.
Doing your background research can add many months and years to the
heavily used tools and equipment.
– Calibrate and maintain your equipment onsite, at
Equipment failure costs dollars in
lost productivity and
customer dissatisfaction, especially when part of an automated assembly
Manufacturing firms, large and small, can face significant issues
throughput and product quality if equipment isn’t properly maintained.
past, our customers may have leaned towards replacing equipment that
of repair or calibration. Now, they’re leaning towards inexpensive ways
keeping their pneumatic screwdrivers and torque screwdrivers in shape,”
Eddie. Plan to check and calibrate your equipment and tools at regular
intervals, and not when problems arise. Invest in an in-house
like a torque
tester. Over time, you’ll save money, and you might just
product quality, too.
Contract an outside agency to calibrate and maintain
your capital equipment.
There are many firms that specialize
in maintaining and
calibrating the equipment you already own. Build relationships with the
you trust, and it will pay off. “Over the years, our customers know
get a reliable NIST
certification from us, or bring us into the manufacturing
plant to discuss long term torque tool repair. The best capital
companies stay for the life of the tool,” Eddie states.
For the simple repairs, buy the spare part, and fix it
When purchasing capital equipment,
find a company that sells
the equipment, knows how it’s put together, and sells the spare parts.
minutes of homework can be the difference between a three dollar clutch
and the purchase of a brand new tool,” continues Eddie. In Flexible
case, they’ve launched a spare
parts section of their website, created
step-by-step YouTube repair videos, and exploded online views of their
for customers to reference. By keeping things simple, the company has
to help customers with some common basic repairs.
Seek out product replacement with firms focused on
Equipment and tools eventually need
to be replaced, and
dollars eventually do need to be allocated to purchase. Again, try
firms with a long-term maintenance policy, as opposed to a focus on new
purchase. If you do your research online, you’ll notice these firms
because of easily
accessible technical resources and product warranties they provide. “We
vigilant when we went online to let customers know we were there for
long-haul”, Eddie says. “We wanted our customers to know that if their
screwdriver fell out of repair, we were the experts, whether or not
the tool from us.” Try
technician at the firm, and ask a few basic questions before throwing
money. Some quick conversations can give you a much deeper sense of how
the company is to maintaining your budget.
About Flexible Assembly
Flexible Assembly Systems has been working together with firms
requiring light-assembly solutions since 2003. The company’s product
list is extensive, and includes assembly tools, automotive tools,
torque products, bits and fastener systems, and material handling
For additional information, contact:
Eddie Silverberg, President
Flexible Assembly Systems