Bindatex, the UK’s leading provider of specialist process and cutting services, has taken a transformative step and increased productivity by 20% after adopting digital technology to capture, analyse and manage production data, as part of the Made Smarter scheme.
Using Made Smarter’s digital transformation workshop to identify its challenges and potential solutions, Bindatex installed the Total Control Pro (TCP), a cloud-based production data capture system that enables the business to track products throughout the manufacturing process.
The new system to enhance productivity was introduced after the company reconfigured its business in March in the wake of a Government call for manufacturers to contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus. It was able to change its production systems to die cut disks for filters for the manufacture of ventilators for the NHS.
Chris Lever, Managing Director of Bindatex, said: “After installing the TCP system and applying it to the critical narrow slitting line, Bindatex eliminated unplanned overtime and reduced our lead times. Before we introduced this system, our lead time from order to delivery was half the time of other larger companies in the sector. Now it can be just over four weeks. Overall, the system improved productivity by 20%.”
Bindatex has been cutting composites for over 15 years and are the only company in the UK which can undertake precision slitting to widths as low as 1mm which usually poses a challenge for composites cutting.
The company is an approved supplier to major thermoplastic and thermoset composite manufacturers across the world. It is an ISO 9001 Certified company which specialises in the precision cutting of 'difficult to cut' materials. Bindatex constantly re-invests in machinery and processes to provide market leading composite formatting services.
Its customers include world class material manufacturers and end users across composites, aerospace, automotive, marine, healthcare, energy and renewables, and consumer products. This year the company created a new division which specialists in slitting, sheeting and winding services to users of nonwovens, foils, films, coated fabrics, packaging materials and industrial textiles.