Sirda Engaged By Great Plains Manufacturing To Overhaul Assembly Processes On A Company-Wide Scale

Great Plains Manufacturing is one of the foremost manufacturers of agricultural implements,as well as a leading producer of dirt working, turf maintenancematerial handling, and landscaping equipment.The demand for its products is high, and they have an extensive range of steel products Senior leaders at Great Plains recognized that its product assembly process could be more efficient,which would increase speed-to-market and result in additional value to its customers, dealers,and the bottom line.

To optimize the assembly process, one of the obstacles they needed to overcome was the rigorous, time-intensive cleaning, descaling, and preparation ofthe steel components ofits products before painting and assembly. A cross-functional team of Great Plains’ engineers, supervisors, and management personnel were tasked with researching and identifying potential partners and solutions to address these challenges in its assembly process. The solution selected would be installed in two of its plants.

This was a company-wide initiative for Great Plains, and the selection committee spent approximately eighteen (18) months conducting research. Key decision criteria influencing Great Plains’ selection process were production rate, line speed, maintenance/operating costs, and the service and support they could expect to receive – including readily available parts. The Great Plains team visited several of SirDa’s customers. They were impressed by SirDa’s high-performing equipment, the total cost of ownership,and the fact that SirDa machines have a reputation of being easy to maintain and operate, are safe, reliable, and durable.

SirDa’s sales and engineering teams conducted a thorough audit of Great Plains’facilities, ensuring that they understood the customer’s current needs, as well as its future requirements. This was especially important because Great Plains was expanding its product line and its customers were requesting that any future equipment maintain or enhance the company’s high-quality paint finish which is resistant to weathering and corrosion typically found on materials, machines, and equipment being used outdoors.After evaluating the data and insights gained during the audit, SirDa was confident that its Descaling Machine could be easily integrated into Great Plains’ existing production lines, would improve its current assembly process, and it would address the long-term goal to proactively manage this process in the future.

SirDa’s Descaling Machine would provide Great Plains with faster production time and maximum blast coverage for a continuous flow of work pieces.Designed for maximum flexibility, the machine would easily accommodate the extensive range of Great Plains’ steel products.The machine would also give Great Plains the proper surface for a high-quality paint finish and result in the clean, rust- and scale-free surface that is a fundamental requirement for anti-corrosion and weathering.

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