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Assembly line cost reduction exercise for major manufacturer

Assembly line cost reduction exercise for major manufacturer
13/06/2013

Priory was made aware of an assembly line problem being experienced by a major customer. For historical reasons, a threaded castor had been specified, and installation of the four castors each involved two production line operatives and a cranked air tool to fit and secure the castor nut. This was inefficient and too expensive.

Priory was invited to examine the job, which resulted in a design modification being specified, and subsequently implemented by the customer. This involved a larger hole in the chassis body, permitting a peg-fitting castor to be used. Castors could then be simply assembled by push fitment, removing the need for special tools and significantly reducing both component cost and assembly time.

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