Capabilities

Assembly & Test Automation

Finding the right automation partner can make a huge difference in productivity, opportunity and potential for your business.

 

CHALLENGE

There are many factors that impact the decision to invest in an automated manufacturing process. Whether it is the actual assembly process, testing, or even the material handling to and from a specific machine, the project must make financial sense.

  • Improved quality
  • Production volume increase
  • Direct or indirect labor cost reductions
  • Safety/ergonomics
  • Data collection on critical processes that may not be easy to capture in a manual or semi-automatic operation

Tangibles like labor and part costs may be easy to define for ROI, but intangibles like rework/warranty costs and cost of lost sales (due to poor quality) can be more difficult to capture and define.

CONSIDERATIONS

Understanding and making use of automation-oriented strategic alternatives is essential for manufacturing firms of all shapes and sizes. You know your parts and process better than your supplier. You define and provide the process, and let the assembly experts automate it.

  • Provide a written Scope of Work document, which details the project requirements.
  • Identify details such as the number of operators to be used, machine rate, in-process quality inspections required, how material will be coming to the machine (bulk, trays, magazines, etc.), and expectations for how good and reject parts will be handled (stop/fix, auto reject, manual reject).
  • If you have plant machine specifications that apply to the type of equipment you would like to procure, your equipment provider will need those during the bidding process.

SOLUTION

A good automation partner will take time to listen to your needs and will be able to advise you how they would approach satisfying those needs. Our experienced staff:

  • Can help evaluate your product for automation
  • Identify each step in the production process
  • Evaluate incoming and outgoing material
  • Outline logistics