24.06.2018 16:07 - Customer experiences
Automation was the means of the contract manufacturer to respond to the tightening pressure on prices at the market. With professionals of iron, we achieved a great success
Last year, contract manufacturer Eino Korhonen Oy automatised an
assembly line of current collectors. Current collectors for lighting
tracks is a volume product, demand for which is still increasing in the
world. Automation was the means of the contract manufacturer to respond
to the tightening pressure on prices at the market.
- We are constantly seeking solutions for automation. Sometimes, the
equation is tricky; reasonable repayment periods of investments require
big volumes. Some of the products are such complex assemblies that the
view on the possibilities of automation has to be considered more
thoroughly, states Antti Heikkilä, the Technical Manager at Eino
Eino Korhonen is a company established in 1978, and the company's
largest single customer is Europe's leading lighting track manufacturer,
Nordic Aluminium Oy, a member of Lival Group. At the extremely
competitive markets, the family company from Porvoo has survived with
quality, speed and responsiveness.
- When we are trying to beat Asia in prices, we cannot have handwork in
Finland. The option is to transfer the work to cheaper countries or
hasten the pace with automation. And regardless of the movements at the
market, the main principles have to be constantly held onto, reminds
Heikkilä, referring to quality and security of supply.
Many European lighting manufacturers have facilities in China. Hence,
components manufactured by Korhonen end up in the core of the tightening
competition. Korhonen employs more than 100 people in total in Porvoo
and Estonia. The turnover of the company is EUR 10.8 million (2014).
Eino Korhonen Oy selected Kaptas Oy as the automation producer on the
basis of knowledge and cost-effectiveness. Less than a year after the
cooperation was launched, Antti Heikkilä talks about trust, exceptional
solutions made during the process, support and After Sales -
professionalism and service attitude of Kaptas.
- The distance from Porvoo to Ylämylly was a little bogey in the
beginning; how much time of our own limited organisation would be spent
in North Karelia during the production start-up stage. The worry was in
vain. It was also unprecedented that the design review could be
conducted remotely. Challenges observed during the trial run were
smoothly solved with a couple of product adjustments. Support and After
Sales has also been excellent.
- The fellows even called us to ask whether everything was all right in
Porvoo, since they had heard nothing of us. Yes, it's going great - the
assembly line introduced at the end of last year produced the third
millionth item during the summer.
Eino Korhonen's professionals found a partner among Kaptas's skilled
workers, and they have later laid grounds for future automation needs.
Searching for cost-effectiveness is a never-ending task.