Use Cases Manufacturing System Automation

Manufacturing System Automation

Manufacturing system automation integrates software and machinery so that manufacturing processes are run autonomously through computer programming. The goal of manufacturing system automation is to minimize the amount of human assistance needed in the manufacturing process. These systems provide constant feedback loops and adjust controlling parameteres in response to feedback from PLCs and smart sensors installed on machinery. Sensors are commonly embedded in new equipment or can be installed on legacy equipment. Automation has been achieved by various means including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic devices and computers, usually in combination. The benefit of automation includes a reduction of costs related to labor, electricity, water, gas, and scrap, as well as improvements to quality, accuracy, and precision. Manufacturing system automation can also reduce changeovertimes, thereby enabling small batch size production and mass customization.
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Driving Digital Transformation: Lordan
Driving Digital Transformation: Lordan
Lordan needed a manufacturing automation system that could identify bottlenecks, reduce downtime and waste, and improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Requirements included the ability to view overall throughput and track mission-critical manufacturing information in real time directly from the production floor, rather than rely on periodical assessments.
Aerospace Manufacturer Enabled by Manufacturing Execution System to Produce Safety Critical Electronics
Aerospace Manufacturer Enabled by Manufacturing Execution System to Produce Safety Critical Electronics
This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by an Aerospace parts manufacturer in order to introduce full-accountability into their assembly processes. The MES/MOM delivered “integrity of process” by providing a control system which managed all aspects of the assembly process; and created a closed-loop of accountability, delivering the desired results every-single-time.A critical aspect to the achievement of their goal was the management of a new assembly line workforce. The true test of the dependability on the MES/MOM system was it empowered operators with little to no experience to build sophisticated electronic components to the highest quality standards. It is also noteworthy that the MES/MOM was able to be integrated and operational in a very short time frame in less than four (4) days.
Resin.io | How Pact Coffee Uses Rosin.io To Ship Up To 4k Coffee Packs A Day
Resin.io | How Pact Coffee Uses Rosin.io To Ship Up To 4k Coffee Packs A Day
Pact is a recurring subscription coffee company that sends fresh coffee through the post. They currently ship up to 4000 bags per day and with their rapid growth have looked to resin.io to streamline their production and shipping process. Tony To, CTO of Pact, explains how they used to used to use Android phones and QR codes as barcode scanners to trigger address labeled printing and to mark coffee packets as shipped. However the phones had several drawbacks, the time taken to focus on a QR code and a limit of the number of interconnected devices caused inefficiency and incentivized them to look into a more elegant solution.

The global Smart Manufacturing Market is set for rapid growth and is expected to reach around USD 479.01 billion by 2023.

Source: Zion Market Research

What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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How do automated manufacturing systems provide business value?

● Safer for Employees
● Increased Productivity (24/7 runtime)
● Improved Product Quality
● Higher Yields
● More Accurate Data Collection

Not only do automated industrial systems increase production capacity, but the quality of that production is improved, along with greater safety for the employees operating the equipment. These systems can also be configured to provide more accurate data to optimize weak points and greatly decrease product defects due to human error.

What are the benefits of MIcrogrids?

Provides power quality, reliability, and security  for end users and operators of the grid

Enhances the integration of distributed and renewable energy sources

Cost competitive and efficient

Enables smart grid technology integration

Locally controlled power quality

Minimize carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing clean local energy generation

Increased customer (end-user) participation

 

Which technologies are used in a system and what are the critical technology?
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What are the latest trends in manufacturing technology?

New manufacturing technologies are continually emerging. Some of the biggest trends in recent years include:

  • 3D printing: enabling the creation of almost any component using metal, plastic and other materials, reducing lead time and streamlining the design-to-production process
  • Cloud services: enabling virtual sharing of data and services from any location quickly and efficiently
  • The Internet of Things (IoT): transforming not just the consumer market, but the maintenance and upkeep of electronic devices used in manufacturing processes as well
  • Nanotechnology: enabling things like faster computer processing, longer product lifecycles and super-precision manufacturing, and pioneering advancements in sectors such as space engineering and biotechnology
  • Advanced data analytics and predictive technologies: enabling better process control, prevention of defects and quicker response times in manufacturing
  • Industrial robotics: offering ways to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce cost by automating difficult or monotonous tasks.
What business, integration, or regulatory challenges could impact deployment?
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What is the biggest challenge face Manufacturing System Automation?

● Cost of Initial Investment

There’s only one real downside to implementing automated manufacturing systems, which is the initial cost. This includes the costs of machinery and implementing automated programming as well as training of employees to manage these new systems. However, ROI on this investment generally pays for itself within a few years.

 

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