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Taking Steps Toward Assembly Automation

Thinking about automating your assembly process? There are many benefits, including increased production rates, higher quality products, and lower production costs. This blog post will discuss the steps you need to take if you want to automate your manufacturing assembly process!

Why Would You Automate Your Assembly Processes?

There are many benefits to automating your assembly processes . One of the main reasons is that you can increase production rates and output. For example, let’s say a company has an automated welding system in place for their metal fabrication process; this means they will be able to produce more metal parts per hour than traditional production methods. The same goes for automated packing. For example, if you have an automated assembly line in place that can package your product before it is shipped out to customers, this will increase the number of units per hour as well.
Another reason why automation may be beneficial is because it allows companies to produce higher quality products. There are a lot of aspects that can affect the quality of a product, but it’s important to be aware that automation usually results in higher overall quality. For example, there are many benefits associated with automated welding processes. One is that you’re able to get tighter tolerances than if your part was welded by hand; this means there will be less variability within each individual component. When there is less variability between individual parts, this means the product will be more consistently made.
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Consider What Assembly Processes Can Be Automated

First, you need to figure out which assembly processes can be automated and what the end result of that automation would look like. To do this, it’s a good idea to carefully go through each step of your production process. You need to determine exactly what steps are time-consuming and which ones could benefit from automation the most.
Also ask yourself:

  • Is this process currently manual?
  • Is there a way to simplify or improve it?
  • How much does the current labor cost for each step of the process and what would automation accomplish?

 

Design for Increased Production Output

Once you have a list of assembly processes that could be automated, it’s time to start designing your automation systems . Make sure they’re designed with increased production in mind. As your business grows, your assembly systems will need to keep up with increased output.
Consider the following:

  • What kind of automation system will you need? (e.g., conveyors, robotic arms)
  • How many automated systems do I need?
  • Where and how should these automated assembly systems be installed in your facility?
  • How much will automation cost me and will I receive a return on investment?
  • How do I train my employees to run the automated assembly systems?

If you have a list of processes that could be automated and a design for your new automated assembly system, it’s time to move forward with implementation.

Consult With a Trusted Robotic Integrator

Now that you have taken the time to think about automating your assembly processes, it’s time to find a trusted robotic integrator . This is important because automated assembly systems require customization and expertise in order to be successful.
There are many benefits of partnering with an integrator including:

  • Accessing their knowledge base (e.g., experience installing similar systems at other companies)
  • Ensuring the long term success of your assembly automation project
  • Keeping costs low for you and helping you avoid common pitfalls
  • Faster project implementation time

After all, a robotic integrator is there to help companies like yours navigate through automated manufacturing assembly systems from concept to reality! They will work with you every step of the way in order to ensure that your assembly automation project is a success.
So, what are you waiting for? Automating your manufacturing assembly process could greatly benefit your business and allow you to grow as quickly as possible! If that sounds like something you’re interested in learning more about, contact us today! TW Automation is happy to discuss automated manufacturing systems with you further!