Manufacturing systems

Manufacturing systems typically refers to industrial automation in a production environment. Here, we review some essential points of manufacturing and test systems for industrial automation, along with how they can be integrated to provide a complete system.

In the modern manufacturing environment, there are a number of principles and methods that can be implemented to improve productivity and increase output, while maintaining quality. Lean manufacturing is one such approach and involves reduced batch sizes, shortened lead times and enhanced production flexibility. Typically, lower levels of stock are held and although not always ideal for all permanent large-scale production tasks, this usually offers business advantages in the modern marketplace. A twin-pronged approach is often preferred, using the flexibility and customisation offered by re-configurable machinery with a general simplification of processes. Bosch Rexroth specialised in lean manufacturing projects of this type.

Assembly technologies often use ergonomically designed workplaces with a U-shaped flow, with pieces or assemblies following a well-planned and organised process. Machines are designed to save space and avoid excess consumption; supplies of parts are organised to minimise disruption. Quality and ease of maintenance are considered important. Even in linear production lines, many of these techniques can be employed in what is sometimes called a hybrid system.

Robotic devices are often used with several robotic arms controlled by a central computer. Modern manufacturing systems use this continuously advancing technology to handle materials, lift objects, wrap or package goods. They can also be programmed to dispense exact quantities of liquids or solids, or to paint- for instance, in car factories and assembly lines. Some robots are programmed to carry out repeated actions, others can be designed and programmed to test for quality criteria and then select a course of action depending on the results. This data can be obtained from digital sensors and fed to the computer; this is called computer integrated manufacturing. Many complete processes have been automated in this way.

When selecting a manufacturing systems supplier, ongoing post-sales service and committed support are key points to check. In a manufacturing environment, the aim is to maximise reliability and avoid down time. This company offers a complete range of tailored, reliable solutions for industrial automation and service, based on years of experience of supporting companies in their production activities and in round-the-clock production environments. We have worked with well-known organisations in different industries using tried-and-tested techniques, with reliable assemblies and quality components.

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