Industrial Automation Optimization

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Manufacturers turn to Automationnth when they want to optimize and maintain their existing capital equipment. Our expertise in process and machine optimization will help you increase capacity, reduce production costs, increase quality, prevent costly downtime, and extend capital life.

Preventive maintenance

A regularly scheduled preventive maintenance program will detect, repair, or replace at-risk controls components, parts, or equipment before they lead to catastrophic damages, significant power interruptions, and loss of business functions.

Automationnth offers preventive maintenance contracts to ensure your control systems are in good running condition to minimize production risks.

Performance optimization

Our controls engineering experts work closely with you to identify key areas for machine optimization in a multi-step process:

  1. Thoroughly document your current manufacturing operations or systems
  2. Identify the changes needed to meet your business requirements
  3. Develop a strategic vision for your operation that can be implemented in a phased approach, using our deep knowledge of industry best practices
 

This rigorous approach to your needs will quickly identify the most effective use of your limited resources and identify areas for the most rapid return on investment. You will be able to get your most important projects approved more quickly and implemented effectively.

Remote Support

Automationnth engineers are able to provide remote support to production systems using tools such as the Vuforia Chalk Augmented Reality Remote Assistance software and our OEE Optimizer® Suite. Remote support provides excellent responsiveness to production issues while keeping costs down by reducing travel time and expense.

Case Study

Situation

A large automotive seat manufacturer had production problems with their foam molding line. Tracking errors caused robot crashes, mis-pours, and production delays that were heavily penalized by their customer.

 

Action

After a review of the manufacturer’s processes, gathering customer requirements, and evaluation of potential solutions, we recommended that the seat manufacturer:

  • Slow the line down in the near term to reduce tracking errors. A 7% speed reduction resulted in a 35% production increase.
  • Rewrite the existing program to eliminate unnecessarily complex calculations related to tracking.
  • Install an RFID system to clearly identify the carriers and provide a tracking back check.

 

Result

Following Automationnth’s consultation on electrical and mechanical design and integration, the seat manufacturer restored the line to design speed resulting in a 45% overall increase in line capacity.

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