Essentially, what the press line allowed States to do, is to produce panels with much better labour efficiency, production flexibility and panel quality.
The press line allowed States to reallocate 14 people from areas where they were producing panels in their conventional old way, into other areas where they can grow more value.
Small Order Quantity Production Efficiency
The 4-opening press allows them to do smaller quantities much more effectively and much easier than their conventional 30-opening presses that tend to get dirty and have other issues around when they are running on other types of products or producing small quantities.
Overage Inventory Reduction
According to Ted Downs, “one of the great outcomes of this, is that because we have a lower fall down, and because we can do special order or exact order quantities, it reduces the overages that we produce in the inventory, which of course, helps with our financial positioning, as well“.
Production Capacity Increase
States production capacity grew by at least 30% with far fewer people involved in making the process. Additionally, they cut their reject rate by about half, so, this put them in a very favourable position in terms of recovering the value out of the panel.