English - Nooteboom Giants on the Road Magazine English - Nr. 6 - 2019 | Page 49

COMPONENTS ■  Automated production of components reduce the lead time of trailers The extensive automation of the production of components offers many advantages. First of all, the lead times are reduced significantly. In many cases even from weeks to a few hours. Automation also makes the production flexible and the components meet very high quality standards. Raymond: “At first some of our employees were afraid that automation of the production would put their jobs at risk. That idea has disappeared completely. We have to automate because in the coming years it will become increasingly difficult to find skilled technical personnel. Our employees now understand the need for automation, because the quality is improved and with the new machines some of the demanding and dirty jobs can be avoided. I can safely say that everyone - from management to engineering and production - is extremely satisfied with the steps we have taken. This is important progress.”  ■ ■  In the background the towers in which the steel plates for the laser cutting machine are stored 49