Werner Machine, a CNC Job Shop that has been in business for 21 years, was facing difficulties in efficiently managing their one-off part manufacturing process. This challenge was a result of a lack of communication and documentation between their programmer, Daniel, and the rest of the team. They found it time-consuming and cumbersome to access the necessary information for each job.In an effort to streamline their process, Werner Machine implemented StartProto, a software solution that centralizes and simplifies their documentation and communication. As Rob Esco, the operations manager at Werner Machine, puts it, "Before StartProto, it definitely slowed us down a lot [...] There was a lot of lack of communication, and it created a lot of bottlenecks for us."
Since implementing StartProto, Werner Machine has seen numerous benefits. One of the most significant advantages is the ability to easily access information on their previous jobs through a centralized location. As Rob Esco states, "it's centrally located and it's easier to find [...] it'll be just typing in your global search and pulling up the drawing in the job that we ran before." This has helped the team save time and eliminate the need for physical documentation, which can be easily misplaced or damaged.Moreover, StartProto has helped reduce the setup time for each job to almost nothing.
According to Rob Esco, "it takes that setup time to nearly nothing like before where you have to sit and think well how did I do this." With the software's comprehensive documentation and routing system, the team is able to easily access notes and previous setups, reducing the risk of error and ensuring consistency across jobs.
Werner Machine has found StartProto to be a customized solution that feels tailor-made to their specific needs. As Greg Campbell puts it, "it was almost like you guys came in here and looked at what we did and built us a custom program that nobody else was going to have. It feels like." With the software's user-friendly interface, even those who are not tech-savvy, like Rob Esco, are able to acclimate quickly and easily. The manufacturing software has proved to be a game-changer for Werner Machine, helping them to improve their process and efficiency significantly. As Greg Campbell concludes, "This sounds cliche but if I can do it anybody can do it."