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In the rapidly evolving world of fabrication and manufacturing, staying ahead of the competition requires more than just skilled labor and efficient processes. It demands a strategic investment in cutting-edge technology. From automated welding systems to advanced robotics, the integration of modern technology is revolutionizing the industry, driving productivity, enhancing precision, and ensuring unparalleled quality. As global markets become increasingly competitive, manufacturers who leverage these technological advancements are not only optimizing their operations but also securing their position at the forefront of innovation. Deloitte states that 86% of surveyed manufacturing executives believe that upgrading their facility’s tech will be the primary drivers of competitiveness in the next five years. You can check out their report here.  We strongly believe investing in technology is crucial for the fabrication and manufacturing industry as a whole.

Technology adoption is a great way to stay ahead of the curve, and as time passes it will eventually become a necessity. Adopting new technology can be a daunting undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where finding a good technology partner is key, they can help you overcome barriers to integrating technology in the shop. Integrating a new system includes installation and can involve training for users and will probably require some sort of maintenance over time. That further stresses the importance of having a technology partner that can help ensure everything runs smoothly from start to finish of the initial integration as well as for the entire lifecycle of the system. When you have a piece of hardware with many components with built in software, it’s important that the technology partner provides support for all these components and systems that communicate with each other. And, it’s an added benefit if the same company that supports the technology also developed it.

To get a head start, show the market and your clients that you are up to date with technology that most of your competitors don’t have yet. We’ve heard from many of our customers that mentioning the SWR™ in the proposal process, or better yet, giving the client a tour of your facility and equipment can build huge confidence in your shop. Showing off a technology that can save money for their customers and deliver projects faster, at a better quality and at a lower cost can speak volumes. Here is a real quote from one of our customers that exemplifies this: “We have shown more than half a dozen of our customers around the machine. It’s a powerful message to our clients that we are investing in a piece of technology that’s going to make the work we do for them less expensive, higher quality, and take fewer hours.” – Paul Hebson, VP & General Manager at Vancouver Drydock, Shipbuilding Industry. Sometimes perception is everything and by simply showing your market or prospective clients that you are willing to invest in technology can instill trust in your entire operation. Whether your shop is equipped with high-end cutters, profilers, welding tech or overhead cranes, you’re getting an instant head start during the bidding process.

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