Steindl sees the F770 as another integral player in the lab’s lineup, filling in wherever it’s needed. “I think we’ll try to maintain the build queue with as many big parts as we can,” says Steindl, “but if we get into a situation where we have a number of small parts and we’ve got machine time available, they’re going in there.”
The addition of the F770 also provides another substantial benefit for Sub-Zero – reducing the need for outsourcing. “I think the biggest thing with having the F770 in the lab is that we’re going to be able to keep bigger parts in-house,” says Steindl. Recognizing that outsourcing will never be completely avoided, Steindl sees the F770’s large capacity filling a real need. “There are other big parts that we currently send out that now fit in the wheelhouse of the F770, so it’s going to eliminate some outsourcing for us.”
That added capability impacts the bottom line too. According to Steindl, the F770’s ability to retain more work in-house represents a 30 to 40% cost savings. That’s significant, considering the lab is faced with new product builds every six weeks. “Anything we can do to save time and make sure that we’re ready is a bonus for us. It’s speed-to-market on everything. The faster we can turn things around the better, and the quickest way to do that is by keeping as much of it in-house as we can,” Steindl says.