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From The Ajax Stamping And Sheet Metal Fabrication Blog
The Latest Issue of The Innovator is Published
This issue of the Ajax Innovator provides depth on how industrial robots are making a difference in manufacturing, and why Ajax is choosing to invest now. Plus a leadership message from Ajax President Kent Djubek and a look back at Ajax happenings in 1985. Here’s a snippet from this issue:
Time was, only the largest manufacturers, mainly automakers, could justify the price of industrial robots. But recent technology developments have flipped that script. Today’s robots are smarter, faster, more versatile, and less expensive.
From the perspective of the smaller manufacturer, investing in industrial robots now makes financial sense, and it shows in the sales numbers. In 2021 alone, nearly 400,000 new industrial robots were installed in plants worldwide, adding to the 3+ million currently in operation. By 2024, new robot installations are expected to exceed 500,000 units annually. Much of that growth will come from industries other than automotive, such as metal forming.
Why Metal Forming, Why Now?
Metal forming customers, especially larger OEMs, love all types of automation. From the customer‘s perspective, automation provides what they want most in stamping and sheet metal fabrication: consistent quality, steady throughput, and the lowest possible cost.
For new customers, the big plus is versatility. New customers want to know their metal forming partner can handle anything thrown at them.
Industrial robots meet these needs. From prototyping to short-run to high-volume, robots perform superbly across a broad spectrum of production assignments.
“We’ve invested heavily in new automation over the years,” said Ajax Vice President of Sales and Marketing Don Wellman. “Our stamping and fabrication groups have both seen significant machinery upgrades lately. But we’ve been more cautious in our approach to industrial robots. We’ve tracked robot evolution, and it’s impressive. But historically, there’s always been good reasons to tap the brakes.”
Investing in people, Don said, has always been the priority. “Investing in workforce training has a longer-lasting return,” he said. “A fully-trained and experienced metal forming pro can perform at a high level for decades and can lead and inspire teams and teach important skills to youngsters. Robots can’t do that.”
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A New Dimension In Quality
These days, the “quality” marketing message is so common people pay little attention to the words anymore. Sure, stamping and sheet metal fabrication companies all claim a superior quality record. But that message won’t stick to the ear of a savvy customer unless backed by credible facts that justify the boast.
An experienced parts buyer knows to go straight to the top for answers. That means top management must demonstrate that they fully understand the quality challenge and be all-in, all the time.
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