22 Dec '15, 2pm

Lights-Out Manufacturing: Future Fantasy or Good Business?

Lights-Out Manufacturing: Future Fantasy or Good Business?

Even if the investment does make sense, the products may have too much variation to effectively automate 100 percent of the process. This doesn’t diminish the value of automation, however. Almost any manufacturer can benefit from automating certain steps in the manufacturing process. The key is to identify which processes are most suitable for automation and can generate the highest return on investment. Automation is especially attractive in processes where manual interaction can result in quality or safety issues or in situations where a human worker simply can’t operate at the pace of a machine. If an existing operation is not safe to employees, automation may be more desirable. “Robots are autonomously laser-welding nonferrous materials, performing complex force-feedback-based deburring and assembly applications, picking small components for multiple-part SKUs in place...

Full article: http://www.pddnet.com/blog/2015/12/lights-out-manufacturi...

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