MiniTec’s 2020 vision
06 March 2019
The ‘one stop shop for smart industry’ is firing on all cylinders with Industry 4.0-friendly plans for 2020 and beyond.
MiniTec is a global company who provide bespoke manufacturing solutions for businesses. They meet the challenges posed by Industry 4.0 with their modular range of aluminium profile systems which are built to meet customer’s specific manufacturing requirements – no surplus costs, components or wasted time and resources.
One step ahead
MiniTec have range and experience that allows them to stay ahead of the technological curve with their pre-emptive, reactive and creative solutions to manufacturing problems and needs. They have a worldwide resource offering a large library of components as well as on-the-ground experts to offer creative process improvements. Gary Livingstone, MiniTec UK MD, recognises that the company needs to stay one step ahead of change: “We provide an invaluable resource to modern manufacturers. Because industry moves so quickly, some of the grassroots knowledge and understanding can be lost in translation, or completely overlooked. At MiniTec we have the experience and expertise to offer solutions that businesses might not know how or where to source, or even understand how cost-effective and time-saving they can be.”
How do they do that?
With a firm focus on the improvement of productivity. By integrating different technologies and using a great deal of automation, MiniTec’s ‘industrial Meccano’ solution helps manufacturing businesses streamline. How? Their systems allow a reduction in manual processing and promote the appropriate use of resources. Assembly lines become smoother, errors in picking and placing workflows are reduced, workstation ergonomics are increased, and one-piece-flow assembly can be adapted to handle small quantities. All these factors equal a decrease in waste and an increase in automation, both integral parts of the Industry 4.0 thought process.
The MiniTec method
MiniTec have positioned themselves as the go-to provider of industrial solutions globally. Quite an achievement. Historically, MiniTec supplied individual elements that traditional manufacturers knew they needed, rather like a pick and mix offering. But knowledge within the industry has changed. MiniTec have found that not all companies have staff or engineers with the same degree of knowledge they once had and so need an expert third party. MiniTec fit that role perfectly with their ability to either manufacture an entire process or only the parts of it their customer isn’t equipped to do.
What could hold them back?
Gary recognises that the real challenges to continued development and progress lie beyond MiniTec’s control. “One of the great limiters to the advancement of technology in the UK is the inherent industry ‘make do’ attitude. How can any business or sector improve productivity if there’s no willingness to improve or if proper investment to do so isn’t available? We need to attract and retain the best developmental talent, grow our skills base and be recognised as a major technology player globally. Investment needs to carry through to people as well.”
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