After having "shed some light" on the working life of our metalworkers, their role in the great Galdi team and their vital role in the operation of the entire company, we now move on to the next production phase to find out about the work of our assemblers.
When the frame is ready, it's time to give shape to the filling machine, piece by piece, station by station. Every screw or bolt must be in the correct place, tightened to the right torque. It requires the utmost accuracy because our assemblers don’t merely carry out assembly operations but also have a quality control function.
To make the day-to-day work of our assemblers and electricians more streamlined, efficient and flexible, we rely on the principles of Lean Manufacturing. The four production lines - two of which are in constant operation, the third one for peaks in production, and the fourth one for the reconditioning of used machines - are identical in terms of the layout of the equipment, so it is easy for assemblers to move from one line to another and ...get their bearings.
Assembly technicians also alternate as team leaders to ensure that everyone has the ability to manage a project, understand the work of others and improve.
The chief assembler then meets weekly with a broader team consisting of various internal departments: purchasing, warehouse, product development, and so on. With this system, not only can we ensure that projects remain on schedule by ensuring minimum down time and slowdowns in the production chain, but this also provides the opportunity to improve together.
Thanks to the sharing of feedback we have increased the accuracy of documents and the quality of the technical drawings so as to allow a new, perhaps less experienced assembler, to find their feet and work independently as swiftly as possible. In any case, knowledge transfer is an ongoing process, and more experienced assemblers constantly help new ones.
And after assembly, the ball passes to the testing department.
But that is another story. We'll talk about it in the next episode.