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How can plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers improve the efficiency of customized and small batch production?

How can plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers improve the efficiency of customized and small batch production?

Plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb, chipboard importer markets are becoming more and more personalized. Many people like those products with distinctive personal style, whether it is thoughtful gifts, unique customer experience or tailored clothing. Nowadays, personalized product customization in commercial and industrial environment has attracted the attention of more and more plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers. However, the number of industrial customized products is often small and the production efficiency is low. How can plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers ensure to meet the demand without affecting efficiency, cost or quality?

Users can buy customized products and even see various personalized advertisements in the streets. According to Deloitte’s statistics, users are also willing to make some sacrifices for personalized products. In order to obtain ideal products, 48% of respondents are willing to wait longer, while 20% of users are willing to pay more.

The most representative is the logo of film faced plywood, because importers require the factory to print their company’s logo or customized font on the film of the product.

When producing customized products, it is advisable to help plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers improve the efficiency of producing customized products through industrial automation.

Increased flexibility

For most plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers, the cost of changing the production line to adapt to customized manufacturing is very high. How to find a cost-effective production mode to adapt to a smaller and more flexible production mode is the most important problem faced by manufacturers. In particular, the production lines in some factories are fixed, and the production lines of large cage industrial robots in some factories are difficult to reprogram and adjust. If the production line is forcibly adjusted, the cost of customized products produced in this way will be very high and can’t make ends meet.

Moreover, in actual production, plywood manufacturers, MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers will also find that the existing equipment and production mode in the factory are difficult to meet the production needs of products, and may need to purchase new equipment. If the cost of new equipment is not high, it is OK, but if large industrial machines need to be added, the process of exchanging production lines to produce customized products will be very time-consuming, More importantly, it is not cost-effective to make all these changes to produce only a small number of products.

Therefore, it is advisable to directly transform the manufacturing enterprise into an enterprise receiving “customized production services”, and adjust the production line in the manufacturing enterprise from the production line built for mass production to the production line assembled for mass customization, although it will bring cost pressure in the initial stage. However, the advantages after the transformation are obvious, because manufacturers of plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard find that they can greatly reduce product inventory and storage space, because customized production can ensure that all manufactured products are especially needed by users.

Automate production

To realize customized production, plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers do not need to completely replace the production line with new technology. Just introduce the technology that can improve the process of the production line into the existing production line. The extensive application of new technologies is one of the best ways to shift from mass production to customized production. Especially those modular robots, plug and play technical equipment, and easy programming automation technology, these new equipment can be easily added to the original production line to cope with the changes brought by customized product production and meet the configuration work required for customized production.

In addition, another obstacle to improving customized production in manufacturing plants is the inflexible transportation system, especially the fixed transmission belts of various sizes. Generally, the transportation system can make the whole production process more flexible, but plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers must now invest in the improvement of the whole system to deal with the manufacturing of products of various designs and specifications. For example, the use of modular industrial tracks allows the production line to be adjusted quickly and effectively to adapt to the changes of manufacturing process, so that plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers have more design freedom, create a unique transportation system for their manufacturing plants, and independently controlled shuttles that can be easily replaced in a few seconds, It can also effectively reduce the risk of shutdown.

Industrial software

One of the challenges of small batch customized production is to operate and manage the movement of various production processes, materials and parts. Therefore, plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers should give priority to effective management of these areas to ensure that product quality is not affected.

The use of digital twin technology can help plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers monitor the production process and ensure that each product is of high quality. This digital twin technology is the digital version of the production line. Plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers can carry out scene testing and adjustment at any time in the manufacturing enterprise without disturbing the real production. Plywood and MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers can use digital twin technology to test the adaptability of the production line or manufacture new products. At the same time, it can also test other situations to find the most economical and efficient production mode, so as to increase the output of its customized products and deliver them to the market earlier.

Of course, plywood, MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard manufacturers may hesitate in the face of customized production mode, because personalized service brings higher production cost, more time-consuming and difficult to manage. However, with the correct industrial hardware and software, manufacturing enterprises can effectively manufacture plywood and products desired by importers of MDF, OSB, LVL, lVb and chipboard, and improve productivity and make enterprises more competitive.

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