On March 23rd, the Dutch Royal Metal Union awarded HGG its 2017 Smart Manufacturing Award. HGG received the award because of the “Smart manufacturing example HGG has set for the metalworking industry.” According to a spokesman on the decision-making committee, “By constant process improvement through innovation, digitalization and automation, HGG continues to demonstrate major reductions in throughput time and costs.” HGG received a check for €5,000. HGG has since decided to distribute that award to its employees.
Smart manufacturing examples at HGG include 3D printing to facilitate faster prototyping, HGG robotic technology improvements resulting in robots that are 10 times more accurate, and customer delivery times that have been reduced from 28 weeks to 6 weeks. Key component initiatives enabling HGG to achieve theses successes include modular component design integration, dedicated team formation representing different disciplines, and improved co-operation between suppliers and stock product management.
Mark Helder, HGG General Manager, said, “Smart manufacturing has been an integral part of our DNA since 1985. We call it ‘metalfacturing’ and strive hard to make sure it is part of every employee’s DNA.”
The Dutch Royal Metal Union is an independent association serving the Dutch Metalworking Industry with 13,000 affiliated members. The union represents small to medium-sized enterprises in areas including machine and equipment construction, metal manufacturing, measuring and control technologies, electronics, welding and construction, machining, sheet metal working, maintenance and trade services, etc.