Designing Assembly Machines
Getting the Best Fit for you and your Company
What factors do you consider when thinking about building an assembly machine? Assembly automation is no easy task, and so creating and calibrating machines to exact specification takes knowledge and time. Despite the multitude of different industries using these machines, there seems to be certain common threads that tie them all. Most of the companies must still think through the same problems. People must consider internal engineering resources, skill level for machine operators, as well as constraints, and budget. It is difficult to make these decisions alone, so call a local automated assembly machine builder to fully discuss your options.
It is helpful to have a little bit of knowledge in the field, but by no means is that necessary. Below we will be going over some distinctions between different assembly machines.
First, there are rotary and linear systems, which are both different. The do have similarities; such as they are able to do indexing and continuous motion. They both also have low to high throughput capability. The distinctions between the two systems matters for production of different items, so before choosing one go and speak to a professional.
There are pneumatic, electrical, and mechanical components to machines. A pneumatic system has air cylinders, which dominate actuations. Next we have an electrical system, which is driven by mechanical mechanisms. Lastly, mechanical systems are run with drive belts, shafts, and have linked mechanisms. Combining various elements of the three above systems usually makes up assembly machines.
Another thing to consider when creating assembly machines is the exact level of automation needed. After thinking about the technology in the system, you can begin to think about whether you need full automation, semi-automation, or just automated workstations. An automated workstation is a simple machine that is created to help the operator of the machine. It doesn't perform the function for them. Fully automated machines (hands free) do not require the help of people. Once started, the machine does all the work. Semi-automated is halfway between the two.
You need to consider the through-put of your machine. Through-put, in essence, is the volume of products created within a specified time. The slowest machines put out 4 to 20 parts per minute, where as faster ones can do 400 to 800. The biggest factor here is how many products you want to be creating. Faster machines cost more money, and you might not need that speed.
Speak with a professional and choose wisely.