Over the last 30 years, GB Engineering has evolved from a manufacturer of jigs, tools and fixtures for the automotive industry into a subcontractor for a multitude of sectors such as chemical, oil, military and medical.
It has also developed its own product range of chassis and components for race cars
and manufactures the parts for The Mountain Trike Company which produce a range of all-terrain wheelchairs.
It has survived and thrived by combining a ‘can do’ engineering attitude and investment in technologies which have enabled manufacturing flexibility.
For the next stage of investment, GB Engineering identified a requirement to automate the manual loading of CNC machines to optimise production.
Geoff explained: “We have a highly skilled team of engineers who spend too much of their time manually loading machines when they could be involved in more high value, skilled tasks.”
With the support of Made Smarter, GB Engineering engaged in the digital transformation workshop, analysing its people, processes and products to create a digital roadmap. It identified the potential for automating CNC machine loading and unloading as a priority.