Advantages and Disadvantages of Automation in Manufacturing
Now that computers and technology have penetrated the industry, automation has become the competitive advantage in today’s manufacturing world. Automation has allowed for companies to mass produce products at outstanding speeds and with great repeatability and quality. Automation has become a determining factor in whether or not a company will remain competitive within the manufacturing industry. Although automation is constantly setting the standards for the industry and has many advantages, there are also some negative aspects about automation. Having a machine that is automated definitely speeds up the production time since no thinking is needed by the machine, there is better repeatability, and less human error. With automated machines running anywhere between thousands and millions of dollars depending on the type and degree of automation. By increasing the amount of automation, there are less employees required causing high unemployment rates. There can be several unpredictable costs that may exceed the actual cost saved by the automation itself. While automation has become a resource for remaining competitive in the manufacturing industry, there are definitely some factors to be considered in order to be competitive and to get a return on the investment. Depending on the operations, automation may or may not be a good fit. Here at Vista Industrial Products, Inc., we have had the opportunity to invest in automation to increase our productivity, repeatability, quality, and provide shorter lead times. Due to the size of our operation and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, automation has been a great fit for our business model. We have a great ratio of automation and employees to cater to our customers’ needs. If you are looking for a company with a wide range of automation for your fabrication needs, please keep us in mind. We have automation for sheet metal punching, forming, and machining.
Diverse automation offering
The increasing use of technical plastics for complex components, especially within the automotive and medical device industries, has led to a growing demand for more sophisticated automation solutions. ATM has embraced these challenges and developed a full product offering that now covers everything from a simple gripper, through to a complex fully automated assembly cell often incorporating multiple technologies. In the 1980s the typical automation system supplied by ATM would include a 3 axis Cartesian robot, gripper, conveyor and safety guarding. By comparison, systems supplied by ATM today, for the manufacture of contact lenses, will incorporate rotary indexing systems, precision fixturing, six-axis robots, vision systems for inspection plus additional processes specific to the application, all driven and monitored using a PLC or PC based control system. ATM still sees a demand for its range of ES three-axis Cartesian robot systems, however even this type of robot is being integrated into ever more sophisticated systems. The company’s range of six and seven-axis robots compliment the Cartesian systems offering greater flexibility for: access into hard to reach areas, component re-orientation and assembly tasks. The benefits of six-axis technology can be seen in a recent system supplied by ATM for the production of automotive components. Here the robot performs multiple operations including component manipulation, picking parts from vibratory bowl feeders and insertion operations. Even in manual assembly applications, the requirements to guarantee quality, consistency and traceability mean that the once simple assembly workstation now often incorporates a range of technologies such as barcode scanners, vision inspection systems and label printers in addition to intelligent component fixturing. These features combine to provide the levels of Poka Yoke demanded for example by the automotive industry.
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We are a member of Control and Information System Integrator Association CSIA. We are licensed to provide engineering services in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario. Delco can support its client’s in-house staff, or can take turn-key responsibility, for any size of automation & control project. Preliminary engineering, including site audits, approval-for-expenditure cost estimates, execution plans, and scope of work. System integration, configuring, and applications software development. “To facilitate today’s environment of multiple-vendor, software-intensive control and information systems, Delco provides comprehensive systems and applications skills. Our team of systems professionals has considerable development expertise in open systems architecture, operating systems, networks, relational databases,”C# and. Process Information Management Systems: The process information management system improves bottom line performance of the operation. It gives operating staff ready access, from their workstations, to a common plant database. Facility management of designs, specification, and drawings. Maintenance management of equipment and instrumentation. Delco Manufacturing offers CSA-approved electrical panel products in one of the region’s largest and most well-equipped shops. In-house I/O checks and proof-of-concept testing prior to plant start-up are routinely performed in our integrated engineering and manufacturing facility. Delco is a group of specialists with a practical base: we perform both engineering and field services. Our staff of experienced instrument and electrical technicians are ready to perform fieldwork ranging from the maintenance of pump station controls to the start-up of world-class processing facilities. Maintenance of plant instrumentation and control systems, on an ongoing basis. Construction and installation of electrical and instrumentation equipment.