The Eton System for apparel productions is a flexible material handling system designed to eliminate manual transportation and minimize handling. It increases productivity radically, ensures an optimal working flow, and provides time for adding value to your products.
Technically the system consists of overhead conveyors with individually addressable product carriers, automatically finding its way to the correct operation. It is monitored by a computer providing all necessary data for measuring and managing the process optimally. Furthermore, the system is highly flexible and can rapidly be modified to changes in the production line or the need for expansion.
From bundle to unit
The Eton system transports all the pieces of one complete product through the manufacturing process. An addressable product carrier takes all the pieces of one entire unit (i.e. for trousers – backs, fronts, pockets etc.) through the different steps of production. Operations are performed at individual workstations. The end result is a cost-efficient product, processed from pieces to completion
- Load all the pieces in a product carrier.
- The product carrier with the pieces will be routed through the different operation steps.
- At every machine/operation the patented Eton chain will position the product ideally.
- Upon completion, the product arrives at an unloading station. The empty product carrier returns to the loading station.
Decreased work in process (WIP), improved space utilization, and increased productivity are but a few of the benefits of the system.
Due to less need for manual handling, improved lead times, improved ergonomics, and substantially shorter through-put time, improvement in efficiency varies between 30-100%. This makes Eton systems one of the most valuable investments for global enterprises.
For more than 40 years Eton systems have improved production efficiency in various types of industries, all around the world. More than 4000 systems have been installed at the plants of big and small prestige customers in more than 60 countries in Europe, USA, South America, and Asia.
One size never really fits all and one solution does not fit all situations. No one understands this as well as we in the industry itself. That is why at Eton Systems, we do not think in terms of one-size-fits-all, we think in terms of custom-made solutions matched to specific customer needs. Our systems provide efficient solutions, perfectly suited to individual customer’s operations, requirements, and conditions. The Eton system is a totally flexible modular system. This makes it easy to change, expand, and adapt to different kinds of buildings and manufacturing processes. Adding additional workstations and/or buffer zones, is easy. The flexibility makes it ideal for step by step implementation today or for companies that want to be prepared for rapid expansion tomorrow.
The Eton FPC
Flexible Productivity Concept, based on two system platforms, provides an array of flexible system tools that allows the UPS to be optimized for utmost customer profitability. With every Eton workstation comes the unique Eton chain. FPC components offer a wide range of options, including:
- Multiple rails for sorting at workstations.
- Automatic loading devices, pick-ups, and work delivery robots.
- Bridges and elevators that link systems and floors.
- History link to the product after completion.
- Module-based software.
The human aspect
A common statement within our worldwide user base is that the discipline the system provides has allowed them to utilize their existing recourses in a much better way. And not the least the Eton chain provides ergonomic benefits that directly translate less fatigued operators and improved productivity.
Make the most out of yours recourse
We realize that any successful production or manufacturing process relies heavily on ergonomics and usability. That is why we put a great deal of emphasis on the human factor when implementing any Eton UPS solution, such as including extensive training for all employees that will be using the system.
Return on investment
Enhancing production efficiency will not only have a substantial impact on profitability and improving cost efficiency. Also, our customers normally reach a return on their investment within 1-3 years, depending on the art and complexity of their manufacturing. Due to this Eton system is ranked as the “Number one investment” by a Major University with a payback on implementation from 12-30 months on systems that will continue to produce and be profitable for the next 20-30 years.