Characteristics of High Performing Manufacturers
It’s no secret that the global market has continued to become a more competitive business environment and that this competition is more difficult than ever for manufacturers of all sizes. That said, it is possible to identify common traits of manufacturers who continue to perform at high levels in their respective industries. So, what are these characteristics, and how can they be applicable to your business?
The Machine Tool Advantage
New advances in innovation remain vitally important to strategic goals and competitiveness. As always, retaining both talent and a strong brand remain as important as ever. Just as important are advances in manufacturing technologies. Okuma’s OSP controls are running more powerful software than ever, and also benefit from the addition of ever increasing computational power. Okuma machine tools continue to push the limits of what was once thought possible. Increased systems integration through the automation of these machines and processes boosts efficiency, consistency and profitability; all of these being tenets high performance manufacturers must strive for.
Take a Long-Term View
So what can your manufacturing business do to remain or become high performing? First, you must assess your current capabilities and where you want to be in the future. Ask yourself where your company sees itself and what capabilities are necessary for execution toward your goals. What technology and managements systems are required to take you there? Next, you must determine a vision for your business regarding where it will be and grow in the future. Take a long-term view to develop a strategic focus and leverage risk profile strategies accordingly. Finally, you must identify high impact initiatives to propel you towards your targets. Target high impact initiatives and anticipate customer’s needs.
Powerful Options for Your Business
Utilizing the Okuma Application Program Interface (API), you can safely custom tailor access to the Okuma Machine Language through the API. So what does this really mean? In short, many devices can be accessed using Windows®-based applications which now give you a whole slew of incredibly powerful options for your business. For example, with a wide variety of Windows applications you could communicate to a set of measurement instruments and when a measurement is out of spec, communicate to the Okuma NC and automatically change the tool offsets.
Your Guide to High Performance Manufacturing
High performance manufacturers continue to reap the rewards of superior services and products. Okuma and your distributor are poised to help guide you toward a path of the highest performance through a wide variety of equipment which has best in class performance at all price points. Couple that equipment with the tried and true Okuma OSP control, 24/7 Parts and Service access, and you already have multiple steps up on your competition. Let Okuma guide you toward a path of better manufacturing with increased revenues.
Thanks to Dan McAtee (Gosiger) for providing this article.