2019 has just begun, and it's time now to take a look at the year (and years) ahead. As a forward-thinking company, Great Lakes Case & Cabinet is constantly striving to learn and get ahead of new and innovative technologies and trends. They asked some of their top leaders in a variety of industries to share what they expect to see this year and beyond - let's take a look at what they said.
Industrial Solutions - Brett DeVita, GLCC's Regional Sales Manager, Northeast Region
"In the Northeast, I am encountering more and more opportunities to provide industrial solutions," says DeVita. With requirements from new construction and expansion projects for NEMA or IP related enclosures, like outdoor junction boxes, security camera enclosures and more. The need for custom-engineered NEMA and IP rated enclosures, like those that GLCC provides, will continue to grow.
Data Processing Efficiency - Dylan Hascher, GLCC Technical Support
Hascher says he has "seen demand for access control and environmental monitoring solutions increase dramatically" as maximizing data processing efficiency becomes a prime focus. In the data center, the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing and the increase in data generation and connected users are all leading to changes. For all of this to run smoothly, physical interruption must decrease. So, how do you do that? Hardware and software that allows you to know every detail of your data center without ever needing to go near it.
Automation - Tom Demitras, GLCC Engineer
"GLCC has seen more and more push for automation, both at the engineering level...and at the manufacturing level," says Demitras. Why is the industry going towards automation? There are many reasons, but the main reasons are centered on increasing consistency and lowering prices. GLCC uses two robots in forming, one robotic welder and an additional brake that could be considered semiautomatic.
PPAP - Lee Patton, GLCC Manufacturing Sales Manager
"As Great Lakes moves forward with our aggressive growth initiatives, we find ourselves needing to be more flexible than ever, more open to change, more aggressive in our thinking," says Patton. PPAP - the Production Part Approval Process - is more important than ever. PPAP is used as a risk classification and qualification process to ensure production runs with consistency and repeatability, including clear communication between customers and suppliers and working together to ensure all needs are met. PPAP enables GLCC to continue to produce high quality products.
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