Optimizing production, both for series and one-off projects
We are continually improving our production process by focusing on reducing lead time, improving delivery reliability, improving process- and product quality and increasing flexibility. Competitively performing with regard to the total costs for our customers.
This way, Contour is able to dynamically increase and decrease volumes as is wished by our customers. Competitive performance, from prototype one-off products, to series based production.
What is required?
Continuous investment in personnel, means, software and engineering. Product development in collaboration with the customer. Keeping ourselves up to date with the latest developments. And creative thinking in order to work smarter.
Our calculation process is automated wherever possible. This results in consistent and reliable results in terms of anticipated costs and lead time. Our skilled employees achieve this by using properly maintained calculation sheets. This enables us to quote a realistic cost price, and provides insight in the effects to costs of increasing and decreasing lot sizes.
From CAD to ERP
Our in-house engineered products are automatically imported in our ERP software. This is true for both project as series based work, it allows us to efficiently import all parts in a layered bill of material into our ERP system.
We use the ERP system to control our production processes. Each and every one of our products is assigned a part number and is accompanied by a bill of operations and a bill of material. Using this information, we can accurately create a detailed production planning and develop a realistic view of capacity load factors at each work station. Since every department reports work order progress in the ERP system, the next job in line can automatically check up on the status of availability of parts.
From CAD to CAM
The engineered designs are imported in software which translates CAD drawings to a set of instructions for our CNC production equipment. If required, the operator can modify the instructions in order to achieve the most accurate end products. Required instruction changes are fed back to the CAM engineers which then review the proposed change for permanent storage in order to accelerate repeat orders. This method benefits both product quality and lead times.
From CAM back to ERP
When the final parts have been produced, the CNC systems report the actual production time back to the ERP system. For the conventional operations, our employees can report cycle times using portable barcode scanners. This provides real-time data which allows us to keep a close watch on our production process, identifying bottlenecks and generating reliable actual costing data.