How to Help Clients Automate a Factory on a Budget
Factory Automation On A Budget
Factory automation is the incorporation of automated machinery and robotic tools into factories. The ultimate goal of installing factory automation robots is to increase productivity and decrease costs in the long term.
In a time where businesses are consciously aware of how our habits are affecting the environment and the cost of energy increasing, manufacturers are looking at ways to do their bit to protect the environment and their income.
Why Your Client Should Use Factory Automation Robots
How To Help Clients Automate a Factory on a Budget
One reason your client should automate a factory is to increase efficiency. Since the introduction of robots into manufacturing, the automotive industry has seen a “50% increase in productivity”. Unlike humans, robots don’t need regular breaks. Robots can be programmed to work at maximum output, continuously, thus increasing productivity. As factory automation robots are more precise, it minimises the chances of products being cut wrong or damaged. Thus, reducing waste.
Lights out manufacturing is a perfect example of manufacturers adopting more sustainable practices. The factory is idle at night but the machinery and fully automated equipment still runs. Energy savings (lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning costs) can be made. As a result, manufacturers who adopt lights out manufacturing save money, whilst helping the environment. Lights out manufacturing would not be possible if automation robot integration was not a part of the factory.
As employees’ workloads are reduced, employees can focus their time on other tasks that machines can’t handle. Thus, using their time more effectively and saving on labour costs.
Robots are now more affordable than ever due to technology advancements. As an integrator you should have a range of robotics which are of different price values to meet the client’s budgets.
As we are currently struggling with a skills shortage in the UK, factory automation is more reliant. Machinery can perform tasks more accurately, with no breaks. Manufacturers won’t have to pay high wages to encourage their current staff to keep working for them or offer high wages to persuade people to work for them.
Encourage your clients to do a cost vs benefit analysis. This includes looking at what processes need to be automated, how much their budget is for the year, (for expenses), or for factory automation. As a result, it will give them a broad overview of which machinery they can afford and how they can automate parts of the factory.
Which Automation Components Are Required to Automate a Factory?
Here at Kyrus we have an extensive range of low-cost robotic components. Our range of linear tracks (HiGlyde Mini, HiGlyde Midi and HiGlyde Max) support robots moving horizontally or vertically. It can help weld, assemble and paint. Robot positioners, (sometimes known as component positioners) can be attached to your robots to extend their range of motion. Fully automated roller doors can keep equipment, materials and processes safe and secure. To prevent injury, we can install system enclosures which “enclose” robots. Our cartesian gantry system allows for multi axis movement. End of arm tooling is attached to robot arms and used for tasks such as pick and place, palletising and surface finishing.