Staying competitive in the drive toward smart manufacturing often means fully automating assembly, packaging and inspection operations. Many manufacturers are finding that high speed, high precision assembly stations optimize production workflows while improving product quality.
Compact modular assembly stations can provide the performance and precision needed to modernize or ramp up a manufacturing production line. A new assembly station will occupy a fraction of the space used by existing tooling. DWFritz has found that manufacturers can target throughput from 50 parts per minute to 10 parts per second (a 10X increase), with reject rates below 0.5%.
Manufacturers can increase production capacity within an existing facility by leveraging higher per-station throughput, higher yields and installation of multiple new stations in the space of a single old one. For example, as part of its efforts to implement a smart factory for producing air conditioners, a leading electronics company used a fully automated production system, 3D scanners, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and integrated machine control, according to Deloitte Insights. The company saw a 25% improvement in productivity and 50% fewer defective products.
When considering the benefits offered by automation, some manufacturers may start small with manageable components and then scale quickly to grow smart factory operations.