Millions of dollars in high investment For a local manufacturing company, technology automation is a heavy burden behind growth. Integrated Hydraulic Co. , Ltd (IHL) For 25 years, it has been manufacturing important components for hydraulic systems at Christchurch base. Specializing in the design and manufacture of hydraulic manifold, known as the heart and brain of hydraulic machinery, most products of international humanitarian law are exported directly or hidden in products of other New Zealand companies. Big- Industrial customers include Bosch Rexroth, Sandvik, Hamilton Jett, Scott technology and stillboro, whose products are used in the mining, power generation, forestry, transportation and marine industries. Over the past 10 years, international humanitarian law has invested heavily in a country. of-the- Art facilities to ensure that more than 30,000 manifold and mechanical parts produced each year stand out from overseas competition. Richard Craig, the 35-year-old general manager of international humanitarian law, said the purchase included computer digital control (CNC) The machine creates a powerful and scalable business. \"The shortage of skilled staff is a real problem for us,\" Craig said . \". \"We run some fairly complex devices that are not common in New Zealand. He said that you can \"rely on\" people with the right experience on the one hand, and in general they will not transfer the company once they reach this skill level. On the contrary, international humanitarian law has embarked on the road of automation, adopting slow manual processes, absorbing the time of skilled employees and switching to automated machines. In addition to monitoring via SMS, production can run in an unmanned manner overnight, and the machine can load and unload itself for up to 16 hours. \"We have 10 people handling the manifold manually and now we have two automated factories. We used to have a backlog of work in front of these people for a week, and now it\'s out of the machine, it\'s taken care of the next day, leaving for plating and going out. \"Once you automate the process, you get reliability within the scope of quality control. \"International Humanitarian Law bought the first machine in 2005, and more in 2012. The latest machine costs $1. $4 million and another $300,000up costs - Write a big $8 check to a company. One year 5 million And short- Skills shortage, further rotation of investment-off benefits. Automation and \"turn off the lights\" production make it easy to increase and reduce manufacturing at peak and trough times, Craig said. As Australia\'s mining industry strides forward from 2006, international humanitarian law has spent money on automation rather than looking around for the right employees. Craig said the company really felt it as the mining boom began to subside in 2011, but it could cut down on lights, not lay off --out hours. The number of employees is now 35, below the peak of 55, but despite the increase in work again, this number will not fluctuate as it used to be. \"Previously [staff numbers] Keep a close eye on our turnover growth, while our turnover growth may grow significantly before we need to hire more people. \"From the end of 1980 when international humanitarian law began in blueberry packaging sheds, there is still a long way to go. At that time, Dave Laurie, founder of international humanitarian law, worked with two employees still at the company to craft the manifoldDraft design The company has a 100 stake locally owned by its original founders and senior employees, and Craig says it is proud to hire local staff and support local suppliers. He said international humanitarian law has been seen off the sidelines as other New Zealand companies move manufacturing to lower levelslabour- Cost economy, not prosperity. \"We have seen about five. year- Cycle from when someone will take something offshore to when they bring it back. At that time, Craig said, the company had generally lost control of intellectual property, materials, design and supply chains and became another low Cost suppliers compete only on price. He said automation means international humanitarian law can provide good High quality products designed have no \"terrible difference\" in price from competitors \". The creation of intellectual property rights and products, sold under themselves and other brands, is part of its business growth and diversity strategy. Craig said it was a way to ease the ups and downs of the hydraulic industry and also allowed international humanitarian law to fill previously unused manufacturing hours with productive work. 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