Trends in Specialty Equipment
Dec 20, 2013
Specialty equipment for automation solutions is being used with greater frequency in the manufacturing industry. Recent developments in automation technologies (including robotics, communication software, and radio frequency identification and tracking) are being incorporated into specialty manufacturing equipment to facilitate productivity and reliability, as well as safer and more efficient work environments.
Recent Trends and Benefits
Trends like these set the pace for manufacturers for years to come, and choice investments in the right process and equipment improvements will set a company on the competitive upswing. Some of the more popular automation advancements being seen in specialty manufacturing equipment (both rented and purchased) include these:
Remote monitoring systems allow your machines to run unattended and provide immediate electronic notification if a machine is not operating correctly. Remote monitoring and electronic notification systems boost quality and accuracy of production tasks, and improve response time to mechanical issues.
Hybrid machining combines two or more manufacturing technologies to reduce the cycle-time or total time required to produce a product. The reduction of cycle-time increases productivity and reduces costs.
Combined computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software systems control tools and machinery, identify bottlenecks and can even configure opportunities to improve parts of the manufacturing process.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology reduces the amount of damage a tool or machine will sustain over time, which in turn provides the manufacturer with a significant return on investment. Automatic tool identification eliminates the potential for manually-entered errors, which can lead to tool crashes, broken spindles, bad quality parts and setup errors.
Automated data collection is speedy and significantly reduces the number of errors that result from manually collecting and inputting data.
Additionally, ever-improving technology is becoming more and more compact, meaning less factory floor space is necessary, which allows manufacturers to allocate their space more efficiently. Along with floor space, the efficient use of energy and resources is of major concern to manufacturers. Specialty equipment for automation requires fewer resources, which conserves the amount of energy required for production.
In a still-recovering economy, increasing production in less time and with fewer errors, while keeping both tools and equipment undamaged and workers safe, is the key to remaining competitive and enjoying a greater ROI.
Managing and Monitoring New Equipment
While more highly detailed machinery presents a need for new training for workers, machinery management software can do most of the “heavy lifting” for manufacturing management and ground-floor workers alike, freeing up the human resources to focus on their tasks while the software focuses on anticipating, preventing and remedying problems like faulty equipment, overdue maintenance needs or missing parts. When manufacturers bond advanced automation technology with equipment management software, they realize the potential to profit from a safer and more streamlined production process.
Call inspHire at (713) 513-6125 to find out how our software solutions can help you manage a growing inventory of specialty equipment. Or, join us for a webinar to learn more specifically how our software works.