5 Criteria to Calculate ROI in Automated Material Spreading
Are you trying to justify the expense of an automated spreading system? Calculating your potential return on investment can be confusing.
Here are five guidelines to help…
1. Keep the gains you achieved in the CAD room
If you’re using a computer to design your patterns and make markers, you’ve probably invested thousands of dollars to get the best technology. You pay highly-skilled pattern makers to design accurate patterns and you try to squeeze every millimeter out of your markers/nests to get the highest yield. But, if you’re spreading material by hand, you’re likely losing all the gains you achieved with your CAD systems.
On average, with manual spreading, manufacturers lose about two inches on each end of a ply of material – four inches per ply overall. Calculate your potential savings in material costs like this:
2. Labor required for automated spreading is half that of manual spreading
Automated spreading requires one person. Typically, manual spreading requires two. The math here is easy. The savings in labor cost is equal to one person’s wages plus benefits.
3. Injuries are costly
Lifting heavy rolls of material can cause serious strains and injuries. The best automated spreading systems are designed with material cradles that tilt to make loading and unloading of material easier and much safer. Most suppliers also offer optional loading devices that lift the rolls up and into the cradle.
4. Protecting your reputation for quality is invaluable
Your business’ reputation rests on the quality of the products you produce. If the individuals spreading your material are constantly tugging it from the roll, they’re stretching it. And so, after the material is cut, it springs back to its original state but the piece size is wrong so it sews together incorrectly, and, as it turns out, it doesn’t fit as you intended. So much for designing accurate patterns! Automated spreading lays material without tension so stretching is never an issue.
5. Faster spreading = faster cutting = more sewn products
It’s a fact – humans can’t spread material as accurately as machines. And, if they can, it’s certainly going to take much longer. Automated spreading systems lay up to 100 yards per minute without sacrificing the precision of the spread so you don’t have to give up quality for speed.
If any of these five points have hit home with you, our experts can help you calculate the return on automated material spreading for your business.