3 Tips for Managing the Supply Chain ShortageJune 15, 2022
In today’s fast-paced and technologically advanced world, achieving ever-increasing plant efficiency and productivity is paramount. Businesses must provide the best product while maintaining or increasing profits and quality. Industrial automation helps companies to achieve these goals. Coordination and monitoring of your production are critical components to achieving your targets.
Start with Quality
To produce quality items, you must start with raw materials consistent in form and free of defects. To verify that these raw materials meet your standards, you must either employ human inspectors or an automated system to carry out this task.
Machine vision systems, sensors, and PLCs linked to computers with data logging and trending software can efficiently execute this task. Using automation systems ensures a higher quality inspection, and your human resources are free to take on other projects.
These newly inspected materials must now pass into your production or storage stages. Materials must be cataloged, labeled, routed, and placed in the appropriate location for the next stage. Workers can do this manually, requiring human effort and brute force. On the other hand, RFID systems, barcode labeling, and conveyors equipped with supervisory controls and routing programming can complete these tasks effectively.
These systems can increase efficiency and require minimum expenditures after initial design, development, and implementation.
Finish with Quality
After production, the workforce must inspect finished goods, test them, package them, and then route them to their next destination or your chosen storage location. Comparatively, automated testing systems inspect, test, package, and reroute faster and more efficiently than a manual process.
Electronic vision systems compare the finished goods visually to a benchmark set initially by the Quality Control department. After inspection and testing, defective products return to the production to be reworked or sent to packaging, where more automated equipment can consistently box, wrap or bag your goods for end users.
Industrial automation provides data for sharing with operators, managers, and other decision-makers in real-time. This immediate sharing of data allows stakeholders to decide how to manage resources, processes, and materials best to quickly maximize the achievement of your company’s goals and mission.
To learn more about automating your manufacturing process, contact a Motion Ai Specialist today.