Reduced Touches Achieved by Kuntz Electroplating with Help from Alfacon Solutions
Alfacon Solutions worked with Kuntz Electroplating Inc. (KEI) to modernize its chrome plating lines. John Murdoch, CEO of Alfacon Solutions, recently explained they reduced overall touch points by 60 percent in a newly published article in Robotics and Automation News.
The issue was the number of operator touches per part and the inefficient use of the labor force. Typically, a part was handled, or touched, five times from raw incoming state to completed chromed and outbound. Additionally, the parts were manually walked from station to station during these touches. These operator touches resulted in scratches and damages that required more operators to strip off the plating and send the parts through again for plating.
KEI operates in a high cosmetic standard industry, the more handling causes more scuffs, scratches, dings, and dents in the parts that are then rejected. The final station before going into the plating line was where parts were being racked; if there was a quality concern with parts or lack of parts or quality concerns with the work bar, the whole line would be down using more plating materials and downtime creating more rejects.
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