hard automation

hard automation

[′härd ‚ȯd·ə′mā·shən]
(industrial engineering)
Automation that makes use of specially designed equipment for production.
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Our intelligent robots for assembly applications offer manufacturers a competitive edge compared to hard automation, SCARA's or Cartesian robots," said Mark Handelsman, manager of Industry Marketing, FANUC Robotics America, Inc.
VERNON Tool[TM] Razor[TM] Robotic Tube Cutting and Profiling Systems, and Arc Products[R] Hard Automation Systems.
Flexible automation is better than fixed or hard automation, because it allows the manufacturing process to be more versatile and agile.
In his new role, he will help develop Lincoln's global automation strategy and the coordination of three product lines: flexible automation, hard automation systems and environmental/fume extraction.
Lincoln's Automation Division offers an expanded product line with flexible automation, hard automation, and pipe-cutting solutions, as well as fume extraction systems.
With hard automation, you're stuck if a change is made after installation.
In the end, the new automated system eliminated the need for manual changeover and adjustments of hard automation grinders for batch runs of individual part types at the metalcasting facility.
Ergonomic concerns, labor costs and the need for flexibility are heightening interest in both hard automation and robotic systems on the packaging line.
So whereas there may be manual assembly equipment used in facilities wherein the situation is measured as a 1, at a plant where the measures are 9, the equipment will certainly be heavily automated--perhaps even going toward hard automation rather than flexible, although one of the tenets that they're working toward in GMS is flexibility.
Flexible automation can be contrasted to hard automation because the control is in the software rather than the hardware.
The 455M handles robotic, hard automation, and semiautomatic applications and offers a range of welding options: MIG, pulsed, STT, and flux-cored.