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What is

Manufacturing Automation ?

Automation, in the context of manufacturing, is the use of equipment to automate systems or production processes. The end goal is to drive greater efficiency by either increasing production capacity or reducing costs, often both.

Automation has become known more as using machines to reduce work performed by humans. It has become associated with electromechanical systems that are programmed to perform many types of processes. While automation may not be right for every manufacturer, most companies are able to find benefits in one of the following types of automation: Fixed, programmed, or flexible.

Types of

Manufacturing Automation

Fixed Automation

Characterized by large volume production and a high barrier of entry, fixed automation often has a set task. Also called hard automation, most programming is contained within individual machines. The speed and sequence of processes are set by the equipment or production line.

An example of fixed automation can be found in the body-in-white and automotive panels. Major vehicle suppliers might produce over a million parts before changing designs. Additionally, processes such as stamping or casting are used which may not require control systems as sophisticated as automated milling or robotic welding.

Often the production volume associated with fixed automation does not have time for changeovers. However, if any changes are made to fixed automation it would likely require a line to be shut down and for technicians to manually swap tooling. The expense and time associated with this downtime are high. For low volume or products that have shorter life cycles consider programmable automation.

Programmable Automation

Characterized by making several dozens to thousands of units, programmable automation is associated with batch production. Programmable automation offers the ability to produce more types of parts or products. However, downtime is needed to perform changeovers. This downtime is expected and taken into consideration for batch sizes and lead times. However, downtime is expensive and has led to an extension of programmable automation called flexible automation.

Flexible Automation

Flexible automation is able to perform changeovers automatically. This may limit equipment to run parts that share similar tools or require additional devices to make automated changeovers possible.

Additionally, since programs need to be changed, flexible automation is often connected to some form of network that increases value by offering remote monitoring or control. Programs are developed offline on a computer. Depending on how the device is connected, a designer could upload, run new programs, or work them into existing production from anywhere in the world.

Conveyor System

Automated conveyor systems are designed to transport any type of products. Due to a variety of infeeds and gripper systems it is possible to palletize almost any product – from vegetables, fruit and meat to packed products, such as serial. As a result,automated conveyor systems are very flexible and are suited are suited for handling high volumes and diverse packaging formats.
Automated conveyor systems are suitable for almost any type of industry and are used worldwide. At IAM Technology we provide automated conveyor system solutions for almost every industry there is. With this we gained many experience, which ensure us to provide solutions that are perfect for our customers needs.

Industrial Automation Machines

Industrial Automation Equipment is a category of production equipment that is used to automatically perform some production operations. The types of equipment include industrial robots, automation cells, conveyors and special devices like lifters and turn-over machines. Industrial automation equipment is used heavily in the automotive, paint finishing, aerospace and handling industries.

We design industrial automation equipment for automotive, trucks and handling industries. Our special machines can handle a few pounds up to 50 tons. Even if many of our machines perform a similar function, most of them have specific requirements define by the type of product being conveyed.

Ready Mix Plant

The control system of automated concrete plant is a set of intelligent concrete production control and management system developed for concrete production enterprises. This control system adopts modular design and has the characteristics of advanced technology, reliable performance, simple operation and powerful functions. The automated control system combines modern control technology with concrete production management practices and is a complete set of concrete enterprise production control products. The mature software frame structure and reasonable process design make the control system series products suitable for different types of concrete batching plants.

CNC Machines

The Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) market is set to grow due to the demand of production efficiency. CNC machines have been a staple of manufacturers but they are now being paired with automation systems and simulation software to increase production. The addition of 3D printing machines onto the factory floor has also increased the demand of CNC machines, since they are used for the surface finishing of 3D printed objects.

Advanced programming rapidly increases shop productivity and automating the processes simplifies the production and reduces the intensity of the labor. Automated cuts improve both speed and accuracy, which is especially helpful when producing prototype parts. Most of the time a single tool will not suffice for part production and CNC machines will be combined into common units or cells where the machines can draw different tools from

Industrial Environment Systems

Industrial Environment Systems Automation eliminates healthcare costs and paid leave and holidays associated with a human operator. Further, industrial automation does not require other employee benefits such as bonuses, pension coverage, etc. Above all, although it is associated with a high initial cost it saves the monthly wages of the workers which leads to substantial cost savings for the company. The maintenance cost associated with machinery used for industrial automation is less because it does not often fail. If it fails, only computer and maintenance engineers are required to repair it.

High Productivity

Although many companies hire hundreds of production workers for up to three shifts to run the plant for the maximum number of hours, the plant still needs to be closed for maintenance and holidays. Industrial automation fulfills the aim of the company by allowing the company to run a manufacturing plant for 24 hours a day 7 days a week and 365 days a year. This leads to a significant improvement in the productivity of the company.

High Quality

Automation alleviates the error associated with a human being. Further, unlike human beings, robots do not involve any fatigue, which results in products with uniform quality manufactured at different times.

Hydraulic System Machines

Hydraulic systems can be used to load, unload, lift, retract, rotate, and operate many different components. Tissue machines typically employ one or more hydraulic systems, each composed of a fluid reservoir, reservoir heaters, one or more hydraulic pumps, filtration equipment, cooling heat exchanger, distribution and return piping, valves, actuators, and instruments and controls. Strainers, filters, heat exchangers, and sometimes water-removal equipment are used to keep the hydraulic fluid clean and dry, and in the proper temperature range, in order to minimize problems and wear, and successfully operate hydraulically-actuated equipment.

Control Panel Fabrication

We determine the necessary components, as well as enclosure type and size. Design the electrical system, panel layout, and user interface. Create electrical drawings, safety warnings, and user documentation.

Our team of engineers will work with you to design a control solution to match your specific requirements and manufacturing environment. As the leading control panel manufacturer, we design each electrical control panel to conform to our high-quality standards, while also being safe, reliable, and cost effective.

Benefits of

Automation in Manufacturing

Reduce downtime

Having devices to monitor materials in inventory or at a workstation can reduce downtime due to running out of stock.

Improve decision making

Having real-time data can help manufacturers understand lead times and provide more accurate estimates and timelines.
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