Make of all above items : Soft - Hard automation
Then it's about identifying the hard automation
and mechanical infrastructure that will support these concepts, like batches of one.
VERNON Tool[TM] Razor[TM] Robotic Tube Cutting and Profiling Systems, and Arc Products[R] Hard Automation
Flexible automation is better than fixed or hard automation
, because it allows the manufacturing process to be more versatile and agile.
Lincoln's Automation Division offers an expanded product line with flexible automation, hard automation
, and pipe-cutting solutions, as well as fume extraction systems.
The wide variety of food packaging employed gives robotics an advantage over the hard automation
systems currently deployed.
With hard automation
, you're stuck if a change is made after installation.
The Janome JSR4400N series of high-speed, horizontal, multi-joint Selective Compliant Articulated Robot Arm (SCARA) robots eliminates the high cost of hard automation
and increases productivity in a wide range of assembly applications, including those with limited space.
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.
By using robots to move parts from operation to operation, instead of hard automation
, it is possible to simply bank parts that are not processed during downtime and feed them back into the process later.