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Why Should I Automate?  How Do I Get Started?


As you might know, ELSNER manufactures automated and robotic converting machinery for a wide range of industries.  But have you ever wondered how we go about developing those machines? 

It’s pretty incredible how our engineering team can take a manual manufacturing process and figure out how to automate it.  First off, you might ask…why automate in the first place? 

The reasons why fall into a few key categories:

  1. Increasing Productivity and Cost Savings
  2. Mitigating Labor Challenges
  3. And producing better quality, more consistent end use products.

To determine if you need to automate, you can ask yourself a few questions:

Can you keep up with peaks of demand?

Can you handle your next big order ON TIME?

Are your customers demanding quicker delivery?

Is your HR cost unpredictable?

When you get that next BIG order, do you have enough. trained staff to handle it?

These days,  dealing with challenges brought on by COVID and supply chain disruptions, you need to do all you can to protect yourself and your business which is where automation ultimately comes in. We’ve covered WHY.  Now let’s tackle HOW.

From surgical drapes to undercast padding to canister wipes and spiral wound filters, ELSNER has helped dozens of customers keep up with demands by automating.

When these customers came to us with the need to automate, we had to figure out what processes were needed to achieve the outcome they were looking for.

Initially Sales sits down with you and your team along with our engineering group and we talk about what you’re doing now.  Then we figure out how to utilize automated and robotic techniques to eliminate the most cumbersome and time-consuming tasks.  Once we’ve identified that, we go to work designing the perfect solution. 

Here are a couple examples:

A medical supply company reached out to us because they needed to replace an old, antiquated slitting and rewinding setup for coreless underpadding.  Manually rotating production runs every 30 minutes was really setting them back.  We developed an automatic small roll rewinder, the CUPR-50, that kept them from having to rotate, saving them time and boosting efficiencies.

 We have another customer who needed to automate a complex surgical drape.  We took a fully-manual process and developed a way to create the drape by using several automated processes including:  tube forming, ultrasonic sealing, die cutting, robotic pick and place and gantry solutions.  Their labor went from 14 employees to 2 employees and greatly boosted the number of drapes produced.

Here's one more example:

We were contacted by the producer of reverse osmosis filters.  They were manually creating each and every filter which was time consuming and also fraught with many quality control issues.  We utilized automated techniques for accurately gluing the membranes, building packs of membranes, rolling and taping them.  We even provided an automated way to neatly and cleanly trim the elements with our Trim Saw.  All in all, they saw a tremendous boost in output as well as product quality.

We hope you enjoyed these examples  of  how ELSNER has successfully helped many customers.

Now, we'd like to help  you develop YOUR automated solution, so give us a call!  eew@elsnereng.com