Manufacturing of upholstery, covering, lining and patterning
The Eton system for furniture industries is a flexible material handling system designed to eliminate manual transportation and minimize handling. It increases productivity radically, ensures an optimal working flow and provides time for adding value to your products.
Technically the system consists of overhead conveyors with individually addressable product carriers, automatically finding its way to the correct operation. It is monitored by a computer providing all necessary data for measuring and managing the process optimally. Furthermore, the system is highly flexible and can rapidly be modified to changes in the production line or the need for expansion.
Manufacturing of upholstery, covering, lining etc - unit by unit
The Eton System automatically transports all the pieces of one complete chair through the manufacturing process. An addressable product carrier takes all the pieces of one entire unit (i.e. for chairs – upholstery, covering, lining etc.) through the different steps of production. Operations are performed at individual workstations. The end result is a cost-efficient product, processed from pieces to completion.
- Load all the pieces in a product carrier.
- The product carrier with the pieces will be routed through the different operation steps.
- At every machine/operation the patented Eton chain will position the product ideally.
- Up on completion the product arrives to an unloading station. The empty product carrier returns to the loading station.
Decreased work in process (WIP), improved space utilization, and increased productivity are but a few of the systems benefits.
One size never really fits all and one solution does not fit all situations. No one understands this as well as we in the industry itself. That is why at Eton Systems, we do not think in terms of one-size-fits-all, we think in terms of custom-made solutions matched to specific customer needs. Our systems provide efficient solutions, perfectly suited to individual customer’s operations, requirements, and conditions.
The Eton system is a totally flexible modular system. This makes it easy to change, expand and adapt to different kind of buildings and manufacturing processes. Adding additional workstations and/or buffer zones, is easy. The flexibility makes it ideal for step by step implementation today or for companies that want to be prepared for rapid expansion tomorrow.
Due to less need for manual handling, improved lead times, improved ergonomics and substantially shorter though-put time, improvement in efficiency varies between 30-100%. This makes Eton systems one of the most a valuable investments for global enterprises.
For more than 40 years Eton systems has improved production efficiency in various types of industries, all around the world. More than 4000 systems have been installed at the plants of big and small prestige customers in more than 60 countries in Europe, USA, South America and Asia.
Return on investment
Enhancing production efficiency will not only have a substantial impact on profitability and improving cost efficiency. Also, our customers normally reach return on their investment within 1-3 years, depending on the art and complexity of their manufacturing. Due to this Eton system is ranked as the “Number one investment” by a Major University with a payback on implementation from 12-30 months on systems that will continue to produce and be profitable for the next 20-30 years.
A safer, more effective workplace
In addition, the Eton UPS method of transporting products on a suspended system keeps the factory floor clear and the workstations themselves free of everything, but the material specifically needed to carry out a particular operation. And since component pieces are brought directly to the machine and are then sent on automatically, the work process is ergonomically optimized.
A smooth and consistent rhythm is achieved, providing improvements in both quality and efficiency. Experience shows that repetitive-motion injuries caused by bending, stretching, and reaching, so common in the industry, have been practically eliminated – unprecedented control all around! in workplaces where Eton UPS’s have been installed.
- Reliability – downtime costs money – invest in good quality.
- Training – good training on every level is the key to a successful implementation.
- Support & future upgrades – select a reliable supplier with a track record of constantly improving products and supporting their customers.
- Flexibility – protect your investment by choosing a supplier with a modular approach that will allow your system to grow as your business grows, don’t get boxed in.
- Overall – invest in a system that will maximize your productivity and fit your needs today as well as tomorrow regardless of the direction your business, customers or products take.
The human aspect
A common statement within our worldwide user base is that the discipline the system provides has allowed them to utilize their existing recourses in a much better way. And not the least the Eton chain provides ergonomic benefits that directly translate less fatigued operators and improved productivity. Almost all tiring reaching, lifting, moving and stretching are eliminated due to the Eton System being adapted to every individual operators' needs.
Would you like to know more about how Eton Systems could help your production? Contact us for a consultation!