Lean manufacturing

Posted On May 27, 2016

As companies and consumers begin to adjust and recover, many are finally accepting that there has been a fundamental shift in their personal economy. In the past many companies were so successful that a certain amount of waste was okay. If a project didn’t have a 6 month ROI, the project was killed. That kind of thinking caused a lot of waste. Long term thinking 1-4 years, or omg, 5-10 years was not relevant. Everybody wanted the results today and not much else. Benjamin Franklin said, “Count your pennies and you dollars will add up.” I think similarly, if you do a lot of small things very well, you will have a business foundation of far superior strength. One that is able to weather storms, take advantage of new opportunities and support growth.

If you have not made “lean” a part of your new normal you need to get serious. Lean doesn’t mean lots of conference room meetings and rocket science analysis. Many lean decisions can be made from your common sense and business acumen. For example, if you recognize aging inventory, a little knowledge about your business should tell you whether that inventory is justifiable. You don’t need a consultant to tell you that. Your knowledge and experience should give you most of what you need to make a decision. Not going to make a 6 month ROI? How long do you expect to be in business? More than 6 months I hope. Our BXMKR machines are warranted for 3 years. We think your savings will continue indefinitely. Not making a 6 or 12 month ROI doesn’t justify the long term waste.

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Is a “Used” boxmaker in your future? Tempting?

Posted On May 27, 2016

Originally Posted on November 4, 2010 by boxadmin from bxmkr.com

Is a “Used Machine” in your future? Tempting!

1. Model 1000 boxmaker and Model 100 slitter package. This is the lowest price ever for a good condition boxmaking system. If you only need a few boxes some days and a few hundred on other days you should consider this package.
Only $14,000 total, plus shipping, for the pair.

2. Model 2000 boxmaker. In operation daily right now. One to two minute set-up time, 400 to 500 boxes per hour and in very good condition.
Just $22,000.

4. Model 1070 boxmaker and Model SC124 slitter package. Just over 4 years old.
The best of this series. We don’t see many used machines ‘this young.’

5. Model 2600 boxmaker. Gen 7 electronics and recent clutch. In operation.
Sold this machine 5 years ago and know it has been very reliable.

Call us for more details on any of these machines or tell us what you are looking for.
This is a great time to buy machinery and gain an advantage over those sitting on the sidelines.

A few thoughts about “used” machines

Some times a new machine is just out of the budget. Some times companies think they want to try something first before committing to a new machine. Some times it just isn’t necessary to spend the extra money on a new machine.

Whatever the reason, buying a used machine is the most significant way you can leverage your funds on a given project. Further, it really isn’t any easier or harder to make the actual purchase.

Just like a new machine, the fundamental issue is the underlying design. Is it simple and well designed for the purpose? Check. It is also then easier to judge the condition and possible repairs, upgrades and rebuilds can be more accurately estimated. Conversely, if the design is very complex or includes a lot of superfluous bells and whistles, it can be very difficult to judge the condition or what the costs of repairs might be.
Next, I believe the Achilles Heel of used machines is the electrical control and operation system(s). If you suspect a key part is not readily available any longer then you should consider two questions. First; How reliable is that part? Does it have a good record of long service life? Second; If the part fails can a substitute or upgrade solve the problem?
Another point I emphasize is: If the machine was well regarded when new then it will likely be well regarded as a ‘used’ machine too. This can be with reference to an individual machine or it can refer to the whole series.

Buying from a trusted source is also important. This is more important than experience. Not to belittle the importance of experience, but trust comes first. You can compensate for, adjust or overcome many shortcomings…except a lack of trust. If you don’t have a strong sense of trust, walk away. Whether you buy used or new, glitches are possible and you have to trust that you have a partner who will work with you. Lake View Sales BXMKR is that kind of partner. Partners have a stake in each others success and future business.
Used machines can be every bit as good a buy as a new machine. Just like a new machine, it is ultimately a question of ‘value.’

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You Will Never Know Unless You Ask

Posted On May 27, 2016

You will never know unless you ask?

The corollary is “You will never know unless you try.” Recently I caught myself dismissing an idea based upon my general experience. Now, I do think experience counts for something. But sometimes it can channel a person into narrower and narrower thinking. The trick is to balance the experience you have gained with the ability to ‘keep an open mind.’ Timing, a new angle, or changed circumstances can be hidden factors that affect the veracity of what you think you know. A couple minutes can change everything. Get a second opinion.

Not sure of some idea? Call.

Many of the calls I get result in somebody changing directions. Sometimes that is good for me. Sometimes not. At least in the immediate sense. However, I never regret helping somebody learn some pieces of the puzzle. I usually learn something too. Also most of in sales understand that it is far more satisfying and good for your career if your focus is on helping our prospects and customers.

But first you have to ask or try. Give me a call and let’s see what we can do.
– Jerry at BXMKR.com

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