What Larrisa Chang lacked in knowledge and experience in the field of management and sheet metal processing, she made up for with commitment, hard work and ambition. In just a few years she has managed to gain a foothold in the male-dominated industry. But for Chang, this is not enough. She wants to surpass the competition and prepare her company for the future. “We consciously withdrew from large-scale production and specialized in small-series production tailored to customers' requirements for their products. “It was a market niche with potential,” she explains.
The early change in thinking gave Airforce Laser a clear advantage over the competition, thereby enabling Chang to gain a number of customers over the years. However, as the order situation increases, the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), i.e. the company's production control system, reaches its limits. One reason: The employees manually enter the routing slips for the individual work steps. "In doing so, many errors occur. The problem was a lack of language skills," explains Chang. "In Taiwan it is difficult to find well-educated, skilled professionals. Many of our employees come from Vietnam. Many cannot read and understand Chinese.”
Therefore Chang made the decision to digitalize and automate the company. The CEO is once again taking an unconventional path and setting an early course towards Industry 4.0. TRUMPF advised her on this journey from the start and presented the TruConnect solutions to her during a TruConnect consulting session.