Skako A/S joins DFA programme

This leading provider of vibrating production equipment for industries such as fasteners, mining, and recycling aims to boost efficiency and reach strategic goals. 

Goal: Improve operational efficiency

Established in 1963, Skako A/S is renowned for its solution-oriented approach and deep industry expertise in vibrating production equipment. Originating in the concrete and construction sector, their legacy extends globally, from mining in Morocco to supplying vibrating feeders to the German automotive industry. Skako's solutions are synonymous with superior quality and reliability. Skako joins the DFA programme to enhance operational efficiency and strategically align processes to achieve long-term goals effectively. 

Commitment to continuous improvement; aims to identify innovation activities

Skako’s interest in the programme stems from its dedication to continuous improvement. By embracing digital technologies like AI and AR, the company aims to streamline processes, boost efficiency, and enhance the quality of its work environment. Skako seeks to leverage the programme's resources to identify innovation activities, decrease production lead time and explore new technologies for future development.

Data Collection and Analysis are key components in DFA programme

The programme involves comprehensive data collection on production processes, including lead time, cycle time, error rates, and production volume. Key activities include:

  • Workshops: Conducted to gather and verify data consistency.
  • Data Mapping and Analysis: Involves defining optimal measurement units and translating all data into these units for consistency.

Data collection focuses on scoped production processes, capturing material and information flows for specific products. This includes general production data such as turnover, production hours, manual labor cost, and production volume.

Skako benefits from DFA programme participation - findings and solutions

The analysis revealed several inefficiencies and proposed solutions to address them:

  • Unnecessary movement of steel structures - excessive handling of steel structures due to complex movement sequences within the company's infrastructure.

    Solution - direct shipment to surface treatment suppliers to eliminate unnecessary movements and streamline logistics.
  • Time-consuming inspections - lengthy inspection processes require highly experienced personnel to validate each item for compliance with specifications. 

    Solution - implement vision systems and portable laser trackers to perform on-site measurements and reduce inspection cycle time.
  • Manual end-inspection reporting - manual reporting processes that involve taking pictures, loading them onto an SD card, and transferring them to a computer. 

    Solution - use portable cameras with wireless transmission capabilities to automate the reporting process, saving time and increasing efficiency.
  • Manual engraving of item numbers - labor-intensive process of manually engraving item numbers on metal or aluminum plates. 

    Solution - integrate a CNC engraving machine that automatically retrieves item numbers from the Navision system and engraves them onto the plates.

Participation in the Digital Factory Acceleration programme offers Skako several key benefits. Enhanced efficiency is achieved by automating various processes and reducing unnecessary movements, significantly boosting operational efficiency. Improved quality control is ensured through advanced inspection technologies with higher accuracy and consistency. The programme also promotes innovation and future readiness by exposing Skako to new technologies and innovative practices, preparing the company for future industry demands and opportunities. Additionally, resource optimisation is realised through streamlined processes that lead to better resource utilisation and lower costs. Skako’s participation in the Digital Factory Acceleration programme underscores its commitment to leveraging digital innovation 

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