Got a manufacturing company to grow? Do it on a budget with these simple tips to save on automation.
Automation helps to eliminate the need for human intervention during manufacturing processes, particularly the difficult and dangerous ones.
Industrial automation does not mean that humans are expendable. Quite the opposite: employees become responsible for supervising, managing, and operating machinery, in addition to carrying out the maintenance of these systems and verifying the end quality of the products.
The goal is to improve the factory's productivity and, as a result, its competitiveness in an environment where there is competition and margins are narrowing. Read below to learn five ways that companies can reduce costs and save money when using automation.
How to save money on industrial automation
1. Keep a maintenance schedule
The aim of preventive maintenance isn't to solve problems, but to avoid those issues from occurring in the first place. Having a preventive maintenance schedule saves you money by:
The adage "time is money" is certainly applicable to manufacturing. When machinery is down for maintenance, facility managers lose money on both employee wages (since employees must wait for the equipment to be repaired) and product sales (which cannot be produced when the equipment goes down). Minimizing downtime eliminates these expenses.
Boosting operational effectiveness
Equipment is frequently maintained when preventive maintenance is implemented, allowing it to run in peak condition at all times. Machines that run more effectively require less energy and materials to operate.
Minimizing the possibility of costly reactive maintenance
Reactive maintenance is costly: maintenance personnel, diagnosis time, and replacing parts all add up to an expensive bill. Staying on top of your regular preventative maintenance schedule will prevent these costs from building up.
Increasing the usable life of equipment
In addition to reducing downtime and expensive repairs, preventive maintenance will also increase the life of your equipment. When everything is up to date and working properly, it will maximize the lifespan of your machinery, helping you get the most out of your investment.
2. Use circuit protection to prevent fires and electrical issues
Circuit protection is the purposeful inclusion of a "weak link" in an electrical circuit. In the event of a fault, such as high temperature, excessive current, or a short circuit in a conductor, this link will be broken, saving the electrical circuit from damage.
Protective devices are necessary because they ensure that a high fault current cannot flow during fault conditions, safeguarding both the installation and, more significantly, consumers from injury as a result of an electrical fault.
Circuit breakers or fuses provide overcurrent protection by instantly disconnecting the supply when an overload or fault current occurs. Overloads and short circuits cause overcurrent problems. An overload occurs when a circuit is overloaded due to a malfunctioning item or too many things connected to it.
When a live conductor makes contact with an exposed conductive part or another conductor in the circuit with low or negligible impedance, a short circuit develops. This could be caused to faulty wiring or cable damage.
To guarantee that an electrical installation is safe, it is essential to implement the right circuit protection.
3. Replace equipment as needed
Sometimes, the most cost-effective way to preserve your industrial automation is to replace equipment. Similar to trading in an old car, when your industrial robots reach the end of their usable life, it's time to get new models.
At iGAM, you can buy refurbished industrial equipment at a fraction of the cost of retail price. We sell industrial robots, robot parts, and manufacturing equipment from trusted brands like ABB, Atlas Copco, SMC, and more. Plus, we offer financing so manufacturers of any budget can automate their production lines.
4. Buy quality equipment with a warranty
We know that functioning equipment is essential to an efficient production line. That's why we offer NRTC Assurance with your purchase.
We offer warranties to give customers peace of mind. If you buy a work cell or an industrial robot from iGAM, you're covered for up to one year with NRTC Assurance. Select your reconditioning service at checkout to determine your warranty coverage.
5. Use automatic tool changers to get the most out of one robot
Don't limit your robot's capabilities to just one application! A tool changer allows your robot to change end of arm tooling quickly and easily.
Longevity and high repeatability are key features of robotic tool changers, saving time and increasing versatility on your production line. Purchase an automatic tool changer for enhanced efficiency.
Benefit of automation
Automation has come a long way from its slow-and-steady beginnings. Today, automation is in every facet of the manufacturing industry, helping us to reduce waste and meet manufacturing quality control and regulatory compliance requirements.
Add industrial automation to your production line to reducing lead time, keeping production on schedule, and reduce the cost of manufacturing.
Where to buy industrial automation
If you are a small- to mid-sized manufacturer who wants to purchase industrial automation equipment without the upfront cost, then consider financing with iGAM.
iGAM offers two ways to finance:
- Fill out the quick application on the product page and choose the best financing plan from the nation’s top lenders.
- Apply for credit with our partner Behalf and purchase any equipment you need while making low monthly payments.
Don’t hesitate to boost productivity in your facility! Visit iGAM today to automate your production line with ease.
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