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At Superior Glove we have some outstanding employees. Superior Glove decided to lift the veil and introduce our readers to the people that make us who we are. We choose to feature those outstanding employees with a blog dedicated to them in a series we call the Employee Spotlight.
Meet our Manufacturing Engineer, Bill Brierley.
Tony Geng (Left) and Bill Brierley (Right)
Bill started at Superior Glove eight years ago as a consultant. He’s always looking for ways improve the manufacturing process here at Superior Glove. One of his inventions is a fully automated sleeve cutting production line and an automated labeling cell now operating in our Newfoundland plant.
With his talent and his knack for making things easier and simpler for all to enjoy, it was a no-brainer to pick Bill as our next employee spotlight.
When my kids were young, they used to think I was an inventor or a spy. I would travel a lot so being a spy was neat. Today I travel back and forth to our Newfoundland, Canada facility. What I do is product development and manufacturing development.
My title is Manufacturing Engineer. We have a lot of new and unique products, so it’s my job to come up with the process of how to create and make them.
It starts with some new product development; then it ventures into some manufacturing support. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to make things better. How to make things more efficient. My brain is always thinking of how to make a better mouse trap, a lot is going on in this mind, so my day is never the same.
People. My inspiration and drive come from the people around me. We have such a diverse group of people in the engineering department from chemical engineers, to textile doctors, research and development, the individuals in the lab are always inspiring me. I’m always looking for new ways to make things easier and simpler.
For example, the dip line pull-off station we have in place now is an adaptation of an older design that never works. It was always a struggle having to work between loading and unloading the glove shells. With a little ingenuity, the gloves are now stripped automatically relieving stress from the operators.
I wouldn’t pick a particular person, a new department. Something completely unrelated so I could learn about how that department works. Marketing, it’s super creative and seeing what the marketing team does is pretty neat.
Well, that’s tough, because we have so many different types of gloves here. The SPFGSS is interesting. Six years ago I worked on a similar design to that glove. It was the first glove I ever worked on, so it’s special to me.
The time to market is crucial for any company. If you have an idea, you want it to move as fast as possible. It’s likely that someone out there will have a similar design, so you want yours out first. It starts with a concept, and then it moves to marketing, sales, prototype, and then mass production.
Once that product hits a critical volume, then it moves towards mass production. Some of the gloves that are being dipped right now here in Acton, ON, Canada are new to the market, and we’re trialing those.
On average though, it could take on anywhere from six months to two years to incubate a new product. It depends on how simple the product is.
I own a motorcycle and over the long weekend, I decided to take it out for a ride. It rained, I got soaked, and my wife had a pretty good laugh about it.
Bill, thank you for everything that you do here at Superior Glove. We really are appreciative.
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