HutchinsonAgricultural Case Study

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Reduction in costs

Background

Having been formed in 1971, with our roots steeped in agriculture, Hutchinson Engineering know the agricultural sector. Our business was founded by manufacturing calf cubicles and crushers. Every sector is competitive in todays global market, however Hutchinson Engineering are aware that this sector is hugely competitive, and hence costs can often be the main driver.

The issue

Our customer within the agricultural sector had a tube component which was manufactured in 6 parts, and then welded together. To be competitive within the market they needed to take cost out of the product, and asked for our help.

Our Solution

Our designers took time to understand the application of the product, and came up with an alternative design which allowed the product to be manufactured in 3 pieces, and bent. The saving in time was 30%. The product is now one of the most competitive in the market. This type of collaborative working with customers is a key theme within Hutchinson engineering, as we want our customers to be successful within the global market. This project has led to other similar projects with the customer to advise on design for manufacture. One of the ways to reduce cost is to be able to process components faster and more efficiently. Since the introduction of our tube laser it has enabled us and our customers to think differently about the way parts are designed. We see the design stage as being key to the success of any product.

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