Have you ever had one of those days where your computer just won't cooperate, runs slow, or completely locks up? You think to yourself “I HATE COMPUTERS”. I am completely sure that since you're reading this online you have experienced that feeling.
It doesn't seem that far back, in my memory anyway, that United Equipment Accessories did not have computers. All orders were written down and passed along from department to department via sneaker mail. Parts were made from sketches or pencil drawings. A new part might be a slight variation of a previous part, so a copy with the necessary whiteout and markup would suffice. Part history was kept on “recipe cards” by customer. There was never any halt in production because the “NETWORK” went down. The only networks known here were ABC, CBS, and NBC and of course for the intellectuals around, there was also IPTV.
I'm not trying to make UEA sound like it was inefficient or unproductive, just the opposite. There was very little overhead and things were done very conservatively and very well. You don't stay in business for 60 years without being very good at what you do.
Now, as you walk through the buildings at UEA you can't take more than a few steps without being in front of either a workstation or a computer operated machine or device. This didn't come about in the beginning without some serious resistance from a few folks who didn't see the need for computers. But once a few were in place and the benefits were realized, the spread of computers throughout the facility has continued to grow exponentially.
We are now at a point were very little is done without being entered in the “SYSTEM” to some degree. At times it is scary how much we rely on this technology to help us to produce at levels that we could not even dream would be possible just a couple of decades ago. We are now planning to implement a new ERP system that will help us better collect and use the information available from all these SMART devices in use.
This is just another example of the type of innovation that has kept United Equipment Accessories able to react and deliver to the needs of our various customers throughout the world.
Senior Design Engineer