NHP Electrical Engineering Products
presents the Concept Express, an innovative panelboard ordering solution that allows the user to instantly design a distribution board and have the manufactured product ready in 48 hours.
NHP Concept Express combines NHP Drawing Express, a software tool that enables an NHP staff member to design a distribution board for their customer by indicating all the required components and connections, as well as a new manufacturing line that employs a direct link to the software tool and uses lean manufacturing methodology to achieve the desired outcome.
An automatic drawing, which includes General Arrangement, Schematic and Bill of Material details is generated and sent directly to the NHP staff member via email, which can then be forwarded on to the 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.
A one-of-its-kind panelboard ordering solution, Concept Express enables customers to obtain a distribution board faster than ever before, and revolutionises the way panelboards are ordered in the industrial electrical industry.
Hugo Fernandez, NHP’s Continuous Improvement Manager – Manufacturing based at the National Manufacturing and Distribution Centre in Laverton, is responsible for the development of NHP Concept Express, which he explains began as an idea to decrease drawing lead times on orders for distribution boards from customers.
To begin with, the NHP Drawing Express technology was developed to decrease the drawing lead time from 5-7 working days to a matter of minutes, while completely eliminating any potential for human error.
In order to satisfy customer demand for fast distribution board manufacture, the next logical step was to create a new dedicated manufacturing line capable of direct communication to the technology, which would eliminate the steps between an order being placed and the start of manufacture. According to Hugo, this reduced the average lead time of order-to-delivery for a distribution board from 20 working days down to 48 hours.
NHP Concept Express tool is also compatible for use via a tablet device, which delivers the same result and also provides an ‘on-demand’ drawing that can be viewed on the particular device.
Since the launch of NHP Concept Express in June 2012, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Richard Wilson, Manufacturing Manager at Laverton describes Concept Express as ‘an exciting development in switch board assembly that combines modern manufacturing processes and principles to deliver a quality product in exceptionally short lead times’.