The Most Important Part of Designing Automated Assembly Systems
Crucial factors to consider when designing automated assembly systems is cost, production volume, and delivery schedule. These, however, are not the most important— that is reserved for the product being made. The process of developing assembly systems, based off specific needs of the individual, is rarely easy and straightforward. Throughout the design process, it is more likely than not that part design will change, procedures will be tweaked, and the scope of the project will widen. Changes that are made throughout the creation process are done to meet three primary demands:
- Staying under budget
- Fitting into existing factories
- Production of parts matches exact needs
Before building machines, you must be able to identify the results needed from the device. What are the results you are looking for? What product or parts are you looking to make with your new automated assembly machine? Will you need a leak testing machine? Working through product design allows us to begin designing machines without having to make wide-sweeping changes to allow for additional processes. The more we know upfront about your product design, the more money and time we can save you.
Once we know what you want to build, we can begin to think about specific assembly processes that would work best for your production, budget, and space available. Options we offer include:
- Standalone cell: combined automation and manual processes
- Synchronous systems: based on indexers that are either linear or rotary
- Asynchronous system: based on pallet-transfer conveyors
The most critical part of automated assembly system design is understanding the product or parts being made. The more you know about design, like the number of parts and what they will look like, the easier it will for us to design systems—you will also save more money and time.