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"Today, we are really busy - in a good way. This motivates us to go extra mile to get the order out on-time" told Operator Lene Olesen, Temponik, when she was interviewed about her view on automation at Temponik.
Since 2009 when the Nors brothers bought Temponik, the company has gone from being an old fashion foundry to a modern manufacturing company that puts the customer first. We have asked Lene Olesen, who is operator and spokeswoman at Temponik, how it is to be a part of this development.
Lene Olesen: "I've been working on Temponik for 11 years. When I started in 2003, we were about 50 employed in the production, but the order volume was very instable and the company had difficulties making money. Today we are about 20 employees in the production and we are producing far more than then.
"Since 2009 a lot have happened at Temponik" explains Lene Olesen. "In the beginning it was difficult for us, that our managers raised questions about the way things were done in the production. We were not accustomed to management interfering with our work, but this is the way Morten and Tommy Nors run their businesses. Today, we can easily see that the ideas and changes in the workflow were needed to save the company."
Changes in the workflow have also meant that each employee is trained to perform multiple job functions. "I find this very motivating as it gives a better understanding of the entire production process, and personally I'm very happy for the variation." says Lene Olesen.
In addition to changes in the workflow a lot has been done to improve work conditions. Cleaning and extraction is improved, many small and dark rooms are torn down and replaced by bigger and brighter premises and the canteen and office renovated.
"Before, my head was heavy when I went home, but not today. The noise we can’t avoid, but here a headset with radio is a nice solution" explains Lene Olesen with a smile.
Recent years, production has been automated and is now including die casting and several CNC machines and in the production hall room has been made for a new 5 axis machining center. I asked Lene about her view on automation. "Very positive" smiles Lene. "We need to meet customer requirements and deliver prototypes and products as fast as possible, and the machines are a very good help. The new machining center can run many and various products 24/7. "
"Today, we are busy - in a good way, we process many orders are getting more and more customers, this motivates us to go the extra mile to get goods out on-time. We keep on getting more responsibility for our work, and that makes it fun to go to work. And then we are happy to stay an extra hour to get the order out on time" ends Lene Olesen.