Look In-House for Automation
This article looks at an example of a shop that is integrating a significant automation program across its shop floor.
In the complex business of metalworking manufacturing, nobody knows a shop’s business, warts and all, like the people who work there. And, nobody has a more vested interest in the success of a business than those same employees.
The article, “Three Examples of DIY System Integration,” looks at an example of shop that is integrating a significant automation program across its shop floor. What’s different about their approach is the source of the integration expertise comes from the employees rather than an outside integrator.
Vanamatic (Delphos, Ohio) is a third generation, 90-person precision machined parts manufacturer that historically tries to move itself forward by using in-house talent to improve process efficiencies. The company’s latest improvement efforts involve automating several operations using collaborative robots (cobots) from Universal Robots that can safely work independently or side-by-side with humans.
It’s been a successful project that the company is continuing to implement on a larger scale. Read the story here.