Archive: Mar 2014

A portable assembly line makes factory automation more practical

Coming out of the last recession, companies that had invested heavily into new automation technologies beforehand are less willing to invest again in new technology. However, there is new automation technology that would make new investment worthwhile: the portable assembly line. It uses battery-free automated guided vehicles (AGVs) with inductive power transfer (IPT) to create…

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Automation’s flexibility a benefit to large-scale manufacturing

In manufacturing, automation has existed for several decades as a tool for performing repetitive tasks. Today, though, automation can be a great benefit to production, allowing for flexibility and increased efficiency. It is through the subtle flexibility of large-scale automation that allows the economy of scope to excel against the economy of scale. Technologies are…

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Preventative maintenance strategies to keep your factory going

There is no way to prevent a factory from having an unscheduled shutdown from time to time. However, there are ways to prevent many of the equipment failures that can cause these shutdowns. One of the easiest preventative measures is conducting proactive, rather than reactive, maintenance. An analysis by ABB’s Process Automation Service found the…

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Applying lean principles to produce results

In a case study, Manufacturing Business Technology Magazine shows us how a company used lean manufacturing principles to achieve a 90 percent improvement in on-time delivery, 20 percent reduction in waste, and a 35 percent improvement in productivity. Starting in 2003, FLEXcon, which manufactures pressure-sensitive film and adhesive products, has saved 10 times the dollar…

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