What advice would you give someone looking to automate their production?


What advice would you give someone looking to automate their production?

‘Just hurry up and do it, I wish I’d done it 4 years ago!’ Dean Kidd, Kidd Truss.

In July 2019, the first Hire Agreement for a Vekta Razer S5 was installed at Kidd Truss. Vekta’s in-house hiring arrangement allows a customer to get any Vekta product for a flat monthly fee. The best part- ALL servicing, technical support and software upgrades can be included!

For Kidd Truss, hiring made perfect sense! ‘The ability to lease was an important factor for me and Vekta made it really easy with tailored payment terms’. For many companies, like Kidd Truss, there is an immediate need and incentive to invest in capital equipment, specifically, automation. An increased level of automation is needed to grow the company, improve profitability and competitiveness, but purchasing the equipment outright may not be an option. Kidd Truss was paying a fortune in overtime, yet as a relatively young company purchasing the required equipment was a challenge. The flexibility offered by a direct hire agreement between Vekta and Kidd Truss allowed a tailored arrangement to be agreed upon that almost immediately started to save Dean thousands of dollars a week in over time. Once timber savings from optimisation, productivity improvements, benefits from printing technology, etc are taken into account as well, it is easy to see why hiring a Vekta Razer system made perfect sense for Kidd Truss.

The advantage of the hire agreement was not the only drawcard for Kidd Truss. Dean explains,
I was interested in the Vekta Razer as my prior history with the Razers had been
good. I wanted something that was proven in the market and could be trusted- if something breaks down I need it fixed and I felt that Vekta and the Razer gave me
that assurance. The footprint was also important- it needed to fit into my factory space
… One of the main benefits was dealing with an Australian supplier and support team.

Another advantage is that Kidd Truss has been able to decommission three Spida Saws and re-purpose one for framing. Resulting in cost and productivity savings in maintenance and operating.
My operators have all had experience with different linear saws. They really
love the Razer and how easy it is to use. They’re enjoying having no overtime.
The installation was perfect, completed over two days and training started on
the third. The whole Vekta team has been fantastic! David was awesome, he was
helpful with the guys and took his time with helping them learn.

There has also been a few surprise elements for Dean in the past few weeks.
There are two features that have really stood out for me. The ability to run
‘Razer View’ on my computer. I can sit in the office and oversee what is
happening in production, review statistics and if the guys get stuck I’m instantly
notified and able to help. The ‘on-the-fly’ cutting (optimising random lengths of timber) is also fantastic. I’m able to put re-used timbers on the live deck and the Razer automatically works out what can be cut using them.

All of Vekta’s product lines are available for hire- including the Razer V5 Saw, Razer S5 Saw, StakPro systems, Packfeeder V2 systems, Truss Transfers, Smart Roller Conveyors and even the Stack n Gap system. When questioned about what Vekta product Dean was going to hire next, ‘I’m definitely interested in the Packfeeder system or one of Ed’s secret ideas- but don’t tell anyone’.

To find out how you can stop overtime payments, improve the safety, efficiency, productivity and give your operators something to dance about all without taking the risk contact Vekta-

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