ProVia’s New "Smart Conveyor System" Doubles Entry Door Manufacturing Throughput
With increased door sales, the new automation system speeds up production time so custom orders can still be delivered quickly.
SUGARCREEK, Ohio, July 29, 2015 – ProVia today announced that the company’s new Smart Conveyor System is being used to manufacture all entry doors, which has doubled throughput of these products. The system represents the third and final phase of a facility expansion project that began in 2013. With ProVia’s door sales increasing, these enhancements allow for increased production while still maintaining excellent delivery times, even with each order being completely customized.
New Smart Conveyor System
The system utilizes RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips placed on each door carrier which identifies that door and automatically shuttles it via an overhead track conveyor system to each assembly station the particular door requires, until all operations are complete. While this system is currently doubling manufacturing throughput, the system has capacity to go well beyond this as future sales increase.
Maintaining Excellent Delivery Times
Because every ProVia door is built to order, setting up an automation system was much more complex than it would be for a company that simply builds stock doors. However, ProVia made this investment so they could maintain their commitment to deliver nearly every door within two weeks.
The Smart Conveyor System also facilitates quality control by minimizing human handling of doors, which holds the potential for accidents like scratches and denting. The system also provides ergonomic advantages for ProVia employees who no longer have to lift and transport doors manually.
“Our goal with this project is to fulfill our commitment of fast delivery time to our customers,” says Keith Yutzy, ProVia’s Vice President of Operations. “With our Smart Conveyor System we can continue to deliver on this promise, while providing the high quality custom doors ProVia is known for. We are poised to support ProVia’s ongoing sales growth, now and into the future.”
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Headquartered in Sugarcreek, Ohio, ProVia is a leading manufacturer of professional-class entry doors, storm doors, patio doors, windows, vinyl siding and manufactured stone. The professional-class designation reflects the company’s high level of quality, service and customization. ProVia has been an ENERGY STAR® Partner with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy since 2002, and has won nine ENERGY STAR awards: Partner of the Year for Door Manufacturing (four times), Sustained Excellence (four times), and Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion. ProVia employs more than 575 people at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek, Baltic and Zanesville, Ohio, and Booneville, Miss. For more information, visit www.provia.com.