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The use of technology and systems to automate a manufacturing process, known as “factory automation,” is implemented with the ultimate objective of boosting output and cutting costs. The degree of automation can range from partial automation of a specific task to complete automation without human involvement. In a fast-evolving modern factory environment, factory automation offers a compelling solution to improve quality, efficiency, safety, sustainability, and security. In addition, factory automation offers a route toward optimum profitability and superior performance when competition intensifies and margins are compressed. Automation uses hydraulic, pneumatic, and robotic arms in production environments to build increasingly complicated systems. Read More…

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Holland, MI  |  833-800-7630

JR Automation has extensive experience in a range of assembly solutions, from stand-alone operator-assisted stations to larger, fully automated assembly lines. We specialize in integrating assembly, welding, and material handling automation systems into your production process. Our solutions include feeding systems, riveting and screwdriving, palletizing and depalletizing, pick-and-place solutions, and more. Contact us to learn more!

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Rockford, IL  |  888-375-3000

A recognized leader in automated assembly products. Stay competitive with Dixon's robotic screwdrivers, auto-fed screw & nut drivers, auto-fed part placers, parts feeding systems & assembly cells, including robotic assembly & vision. Every Dixon product is manufactured to assure accuracy & dependability for repetitive assembly. Dixon supports Machine Integrators with assembly products & stations. Contact us today and we will help you find the best product for your application!

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Dixon Automatic Tool, Inc. $$$

Warren, MI  |  517-512-4233

Eckhart designs, builds, and sustains assembly lines for the largest operations in the world. Solutions include lift assists, torque systems, conveyance, AGVs, robotics, collaborative robotics, 3D printed tooling, poka-yokes, sub-assembly stations, and error proofing vision systems.

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Eckhart $$$

Bristol, PA  |  215-781-0500

Advent design has been in business for over 35 years providing custom automation solutions, engineering, integration solutions and machine safety services. Contact us today to discuss your project needs and see how we can help you achieve your goals.

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Advent Design Corporation $$$

Erie, PA  |  814-835-6000

We have an extensive selection of products to pick from and we are confident we can find the perfect solution for your application. Our world-class items are proven for reliability and longevity. You can count on us to supply you with the best.

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Eriez $$$

Bethel, CT  |  203-778-2727

Del-Tron Precision is your one-stop shop for ball & crossed roller slides, multi-axis positioning and motor-ready lead screw stages, air actuators, recirculating slide guides and crossed roller rail sets. Custom linear slides are available.

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Del-Tron Precision, Inc. $$$

Apex, NC  |  919-772-0115

ATI is a recognized leader in Automated Assembly Products and Services. To stay competitive, take advantage of our products such as Auto-fed Part Placers, Pick & Place Mechanisms, Placer/Presses, and Feed Systems.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

Belleville, NJ  |  800-822-8629

If you are looking for quality assembly machinery, you’ve come to the right place! We have years of manufacturing experience in pneumatic, vacuum, and conveying. Our goal is to provide the perfect solution to your automated equipment needs. We provide our products for companies around the world to ensure that your needs are met 100 percent of the time. Contact us today for details!

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Automation in the factory can be used at any stage of the production process, from material quantities management to production and assembly to packaging and delivery.

Implementation Of Factory Automation

Thanks to factory automation, the same hardware and software system can control different production processes. For instance, the automation should link input devices to a computer, such as handwheels or inching drives, to enable operators to control them remotely. Some factors should be considered to implement factory automation in a certain industry. These include:

Identify Opportunities for Automation

Some processes are more flexible and amenable to automation than others. Therefore, before adopting certain automation in some factory processes, it’s important to determine whether a certain process can be automated. Most procedures amenable to automation usually have both transactional and decisional components. Since transaction components are made up of repetitive parts, they benefit more from automation.

Select A Design Model

After determining which processes are amenable to automation, the user selects the design model that best satisfies the needs of the operations. The process map gives a broad picture of the tasks being carried out and their results and is used in selecting the design model that best suits the requirements of the process. Four design models can be used or selected according to the requirements.

Fixed Automation

Hard automation, also known as fixed automation manufacturing, is a system in which automated production and assembly processes are programmed to create a single product. This system is typically employed in continuous flow systems for mass production. The arrangement of tooling, equipment and machines earmarked for high-volume requirements determines the order of production and operation. Automated assembly lines, chemical production procedures, material handling conveyor systems, paint and coating automation procedures, and process lines are a few examples of stationary automation systems.

Fixed Automation, material conveyor system

Flexible Automation

Flexibility in automation refers to a manufacturing process that can quickly adjust to shifting production requirements, such as product kind and quantity. Humans use computer code to program and operate computerized systems that control machines (Human Machine Interfaces). The system can be programmed or designed to generate several different product types simultaneously. A centralized computer system manages the production and material handling systems. The system is best suited for batch operations for businesses that conduct low- to medium-volume manufacturing runs of various products. Flexible automation involves robotics, assembly systems, and material handling systems.

automated assembly lines

Programmable Automation

The configurations and operational procedures of equipment can be changed thanks to programmable automation when commands are written or programmed into the system. This design uses a series of actions, and electronic controls can modify how the machinery is set up. Typically, batch process production uses this architecture.

Numerically controlled (NC) machine tools

Integrated Automation

This design model uses a collection of independent machines, data, and processes. All parts operate in unison under the direction of a single control system. Typically, this paradigm is used to operate conveyors, cranes, and robots.

Testing The New System

Before implementing an automation plan, a certain test must be done to ensure that the system is working well. Different functional needs should be isolated and described by a sound testing method. Tests are selected based on their complexity and predicted outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial to keep human and automated testing tasks separate.

Applications of Factory Automation

Industrial automation is used in a wide range of applications by manufacturing businesses. For example, in paper mills, it can be used to control equipment, plant devices, and manage batch production. The use of autopilot controls on commercial aircraft has long been a feature of factory automation in the airline sector. Additionally, drilling for oil and gas uses factory automation.

Benefits of Factory Automation

  • A safer working environment and significant risk reduction are achieved by automating risky processes, incorporating built-in shut-down, and reducing human engagement.
  • After the initial investment in automating the system, increased productivity, decreased downtime, lower training costs, and the elimination of accidents led to dramatically enhanced profitability.
  • Human error is reduced in processes that continually use machines.
  • Because an automated process can be repeated, the outcomes are more consistent, and there are fewer differences due to different operators and other human factors.
  • Automating the process allows one to determine how much of a resource is needed while avoiding wasting too much.

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