Big Benefits for Businesses and Customers
The benefits of production lines are considerable for businesses and customers. Employees involved in a product’s assembly work at the same site, and tasks are organised in a logical sequence. As a result, products are made faster and more efficiently than would otherwise be possible. Businesses enjoy greater productivity and economies of scale, while customers benefit from wider choice and availability of goods, as well as lower prices.
Pioneers of British Manufacturing
The eighteenth-century inventor, Richard Arkwright, is the father of the modern factory system. In the Midlands (where we’re based) and elsewhere, his cotton mills demonstrated that a combination of well-organised workforces, clearly defined tasks and powerful machinery could give businesses the competitive edge.
By 1853, an early example of a production line or assembly line, called ‘The Long Shop’, was up-and-running at the Leiston Works factory in Suffolk, making portable steam engines.
Henry Ford Got Production Lines Moving
During the twentieth century, production lines became a well-established feature of Britain’s industrial landscape. Manufacturers took their inspiration from the work of the famous American industrialist, Henry Ford, who revolutionised car manufacturing in 1913.
Ford introduced a conveyer system, moving the chassis efficiently between workers. Thanks to this brainwave, a complete Model T car rolled off his production line every few minutes!
The Changing Face of British Production Lines
When you think of production lines, especially those making large products such as vehicles, you probably imagine workers in mucky overalls, with innumerable metal parts travelling past them. Years ago, grim-looking factory floors were the norm – but today’s production lines are getting a facelift, with the assistance of modern technology and investment.
For instance, Ford’s well-known Dagenham plant will be home to a cutting-edge, bright and airy production line, worth £475 million, from November 2015. It is set to produce hundreds of thousands of low-carbon diesel engines each year – without a mucky overall in sight!
Computer Wizardry for More Efficient Production
Businesses across Britain are reaping the rewards of computer-aided design and manufacturing (known as CAD and CAM). Sophisticated computer programmes and computer-controlled machinery have invaluable roles to play on today’s production lines.
Computer wizardry makes it easier and more efficient than ever before for businesses to design products, as well as plan and cost production processes. Thanks to computer-controlled machinery, identical parts can be mass-produced accurately and speedily. Computers can also monitor supplies and track products on production lines.
Our engineers, who are highly skilled in steel and aluminium fabrication, use the latest technology and specialist production-planning software. This helps them to ensure that both standard and bespoke projects run smoothly and fulfil customers’ needs.
Mass Customisation, Not ‘One-Size-Fits-All’
Henry Ford famously quipped that drivers could have any colour car they liked – as long as it was black! By contrast, today’s production lines are increasingly embracing mass customisation, rather than the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Advances in technology are enabling businesses to be more responsive than ever before to customers’ specific needs.
Perhaps you’re looking for a galvanised steel roller shutter for your factory? Are you in need of high-speed doors to serve the constant traffic at your distribution centre? How about shutters for your delivery staff’s vans? Or even a hangar door?
Whatever your requirements, we can help. Our wide range of products includes roller shutters, grilles, fire curtains and more, with numerous customisation options. You can be confident that your chosen product will reach the end of the production line looking every bit as good and working every bit as well as you expected!
For more details about our roller shutters and other products, please call our expert team on 01384 221743 or contact us online.