Outside the square … NHP Concept Express
NHP Electrical Engineering is a company that thinks outside the box to satisfy customer needs.
The company’s latest offering, the Concept Express, has revolutionised the way that a distribution board is ordered and manufactured.
NHP Concept Express is the combination of NHP Drawing Express, a software tool that enables the user to instantly design a distribution board from a website, and a new manufacturing line that employs a direct connection to the software tool and uses lean manufacturing methodology to achieve incredible results.
With NHP Concept Express, an NHP staff member is capable of entering a website where they can design the distribution board for their customer by indicating all of the components that are required and more importantly, how they are to be connected.
Drawings include General Arrangement, Schematic and Bill of Material details and within minutes of completing this simple process, made easier by a user friendly interface and an easy to follow step by step process, an automatic drawing is generated and sent directly to the NHP staff member via email, which can then be forwarded on to their customer.
With a simple click of a button, this drawing can be turned into an order for manufacture by sending the manufacturing information directly to the manufacturing line, thus enabling the distribution board to be manufactured within 48 hours of clicking that button.
The result? A first of its kind panelboard ordering solution that revolutionises the way panelboards are ordered in the industrial electrical industry.
Hugo Fernandez, NHP’s Continuous Improvement Manager – Manufacturing, is responsible for the development of NHP Concept Express.
As Mr Fernandez explains, what initially began as an idea to decrease drawing lead-times on orders for customers quickly became a reality.
Mr Fernandez and his expert team developed the NHP Drawing Express technology to decrease the drawing lead time from 5-7 working days to a matter of minutes, while completely eliminating any potential human error.
“In order to satisfy customer demand for fast distribution board manufacture, our next logical step was to create a new dedicated manufacturing line capable of direct communication to the technology, said Mr Fernandez.
To do this the team removed the steps in between an order being placed and the start of manufacture.
“This reduces the average lead time of order-to-delivery for a distribution board from 20 working days down to 48 hours,” said Mr Fernandez.
Another important advantage of the NHP Concept Express tool is that it is also compatible for use via a tablet device (such as an iPad which all NHP sales representatives have) which delivers the same result and also provides an “on-demand” drawing that can be viewed on the particular device.
NHP Electrical Engineering Pty Ltd
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