At Setpoint we have been building lean automated equipment for over 16 years. One of the lessons we have learned is the importance for engineers and assembly technicians to work together to get the job done efficiently and give the customer the best possible quality, price, and on-time delivery. Many times if the two don’t work together things tend to have to be redone, redesigned, or ideas scrapped all together. I’ve seen this time and time again, which in turn affects the quality and price and doesn’t make anybody happy.
For many years I have maintained and assembled machines and have seen many designs and working environments that most design engineers aren’t even aware of. Because of this experience that myself and other assembly technicians have we can often give insight to these facts.
Working together also makes installation easier and better. Engineers don’t tend to think of having an easy connector to two parts of a machine so that they can be easily separated for shipping or how the air hoses or electrical components are connected so when the machine is prepared for shipping you don’t have to rewire part of it at install. When examples such as these are not kept in mind during the design phase, the onsite installation can take much longer to get the machine up and running on the customers’ floor than need be, which costs us more and doesn’t look good to the customer.
So we all need to just get along!