Technology Teammates for Manufacturing Companies
Manufacturing has been the backbone of economic development, supporting organizations that cater to consumer demand. Industry is no longer limited to outdated assembly lines. New tools and solutions, such as flexible manufacturing, robotics, and big data help factories meet greater demand at a lower cost. To help your manufacturing processing team grow, consider adding these strategies to your line up:
A flexible manufacturing system (FMS) is a method that is readily adaptable to changes, both in type and quantity, in the product being manufactured. Machines and computerized systems are configured to produce different parts and handle varying levels of production. The FMS approach gives manufacturers an advantage to quickly change a manufacturing environment to improve process efficiency and lower production cost. It can be programmed to run one set of products in a particular quantity and then automatically switch over to another set of products of another amount. The main benefit of FMS is the enhancement of production efficiency. Because it reduces downtime, the need to shut down the production line to set up for a different product is eliminated.
Advanced robotic systems work fast and accurately, while also being able to handle material dangerous to human workers, which results in higher quality and safety. Even more impressive is the new trend of collaborative robots. These are highly adaptable “cobots” have the flexibility to work alongside human teammates. The machines are designed to learn as they work, increasing accuracy and productivity while allowing human counterparts to focus less on repetitive assembly tasks and more on strategizing. From assembling and welding to cutting and polishing, robotics in manufacturing is helping to provide higher output than ever before.
As you integrate new technology trends into your business, big data analytics can help you pinpoint what works and what doesn’t. This information allows you to precisely track the manufacturing process from start to finish identifying patterns and weak points. Additional benefits include:
- Reduced order-to-delivery time
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Faster reaction time and repairs
- Real-time production accuracy
To achieve this sort of visibility across the manufacturing process, you need to decide what type of data is most beneficial to monitor. Having too much information or irrelevant data will only detract from your goals.
Since 1948, Bopp Busch has incorporated the latest technology to better serve our customers. To learn more about Bopp Busch and our capabilities, contact us today.