Customer Satisfaction via Continuous Improvement
Since it was established in 1977, Hydram Sheet Metalwork has always followed a continuous improvement strategy.
Established precision sheet metal supplier
The company's success is founded on customer satisfaction. Hydram maintains maximum productivity, quality and level of service whilst maintaining competitive prices through its continous improvement strategy, supplying precision sheet metal fabrications.
Plant and machinery
Hydram has continuously invested in the latest production technologies and capacity to ensure that its processes are flexible, precise and efficient. Nowhere is this more evident than in the primary operations of laser cutting and punching: the company purchased its first turret punching machine in 1986, its first flatbed laser in 1997 and a tube cutting laser in 2006.
The most modern machinery in use include two BySprint Fiber laser cells complete with 6-tower automated Remmert sheet storage system (2016), Trumpf TruPunch 5000 S12 with TruStore 3030 tower storage (2016), and a BySpeed Pro CO2 laser cell with ByTrans Extended automation (2012).
Recently throughout 2014 and 2015 the business introduced a Salvagnini panel bender, second automated conveyor paint plant, a third robot welder and a shot blasting machine.
In 2017 the the number of pressbrakes was increased to twelve.
Shop floor improvement
Hydram is committed to training all its employees in methods to reduce or remove non-value added activities and in the ethos of lean manufacturing, using concepts such as the seven wastes and the organisational principles of 5S/5C.
Working with the North East Productivity Alliance the business trained two internal improvement engineers who drive shop floor improvement activities, including setup time reduction, visual management, productivity and workplace organisation.
Systems and processes
The company makes extensive use of Information Technology and in 2008 made a significant investment in a finite capacity planning system which began to drive further continuous improvement and assist in the application of Just-In-Time principles, such as WIP reduction.
The company has used offline programming with integrated CADCAM systems for over 20 years to ensure maximum productivity of the major production assets. In 2011 a computerised system was implemented for managing KANBAN stocks of sub assembly components to maintain small batch efficiencies.
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