Assembly line automation is something every warehouse or factory should consider in the post-Covid workplace. If you’re having difficulties with order fulfillment, an automated line can help you improve efficiency and boost your company’s bottom line. Businesses that move product from one point in their facility to another are having to make some touch choices to keep up with competition and address unique challenges that occur when employees feel less-than-loyal to their workplace. Investing in assembly line automation can help you keep in tune with the changing times.
Q: What is an automated assembly line?
A: An automated line assists workers in key points along the line:
Q: How do automated assembly lined work?
A: Company owners or executives make the decision to invest in automated machinery that improves efficiency throughout the production line. Part of the decision process is to determine whether the new line will be fully automated or partially automated; whether it will depend mainly on employees or robotics.
Q: What are the three types of automation?
A: The three common types of automation are as follows:
- Fixed Automation, which typically relies on machinery to complete a simple and/or repetitive motion along the line. The key advantage of making the switch to automation with a fixed robot is one of improved rate of production, which in turn reduces the cost per unit of manufacture, thereby maximizing profitability. A significant investment is needed to make the change.
- Programmable Automation can accommodate changes in the manufacturing process and coded to account for such changes. The main benefit of owning programmable automation machinery is the reduced downtime that's commonly caused when a company has to adjust automation to accommodate for product changes.
- Flexible Automation is capable of producing more than one product, with a short time-frame between changeover from product to product. Flexible automation can keep your automation budget in check and allow you to change a single line over to produce a certain product for a set amount of time, then make the changeover to produce another product for another set time-frame.
Q: What year was the assembly line automated?
A: Assembly line automation is a constantly changing process, one that undergoes improvements more and more as time passes. It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact place in history when assembly became automated because the process didn’t happen all at once. For most companies, automation starts out small and expands as the corporate budget allows. It can be argued that Henry Ford’s auto assembly line was the first real automated line, since before 1913, each vehicle was assembled by a small number of skilled employees in a single location.
Q: Who can I trust for assembly line automation?
A: Companies around the world rely on CASI for all types of smart automation solutions, from flexible and portable conveyor systems to scanners, labelers, automatic baggers, and much more. Feel free to contact a CASO specialist to learn more.