With a few simple tips to guide the automation process, manufacturers of all industries can succeed in developing their production lines with industrial robots and equipment.
Automation can be intimidating for new businesses, and expanding automation can be a hassle even for established companies.
Take a few tips from iGAM to help you grow your company with automation. Read more below to get started!
Automation tips for manufacturers
Benefits of automation
There are many benefits to automating with industrial robots and equipment in the manufacturing industry. With automation, manufacturers can experience:
- Increased production efficiency
- Improved product quality
- Reduced lead time between customer orders and product shipments
- Satisfied and fulfilled employees
- Reduced menial labor costs
- Improved workplace safety
If you’re looking to automate your business, read these tips from iGAM to set up a successful production line.
5 tips to automate your manufacturing facility
1. Determine your reasons for automation.
The number one rule in automation is: don’t automate just for the sake of automation.
Why could that become a problem? Well, automation is an investment. If you aren’t clear on the problems you are trying to solve with industrial equipment, the investment may cause your business to sink rather than soar.
Look at your current production process. What could be optimized? How would adding a KUKA robot affect your output? Do you need to automate multiple parts of the production process for it all to work seamlessly?
Taking the time to figure out your needs as a manufacturing business is crucial to automate successfully. Don’t let the automation hype cause you to recklessly add industrial equipment before you have a solid plan.
If you are thinking about automating your business but aren't sure where to start, schedule a free consultation with our sister company, NRTC Automation. They will design the best automation plan for your company's needs. Visit NRTC Automation's website today to learn more.
2. Plan for maintenance and mishaps.
Prepare for potential repairs, replacements, and additions as your company develops.
Know who is going to perform the scheduled maintenance on your equipment. Will it be in-house, or will you outsource to another company?
The same goes for repairs. Scrambling to find a technician to fix your robot can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in downtime. Stay ahead by creating a plan that will make it a smooth process to get necessary maintenance and repairs.
3. Include your employees in the automation process.
There is a public fear of losing jobs to robots, especially in jobs like manufacturing. Although evidence shows that robots are taking the jobs that are left unfilled, this concern remains widespread.
When you begin to implement automation into your company, keep your employees in the loop. Reassure them that their jobs will not be taken by robots; in fact, show them how robots will improve their workday by taking over the repetitive tasks that no one likes to do (and could potentially cause injury).
Hold weekly or monthly meetings with your staff to discuss the latest updates in automation. An educated and aware employee will be more understanding and open to the automation process than an employee that is uncertain about the impact of automation on their job.
4. Keep track of documents.
While this may not seem like an integral part of automation, the manuals and documents that come with your equipment are essential. They contain crucial information such as maintenance schedules, potential hazards, and maximum output that you may need to reference time and again.
Scan documentation and keep it in a cloud-based system or store important files where they can easily be referenced in an organized way.
5. Don’t ignore the data.
Data is revolutionizing manufacturing, and you can reap the benefits, too. Using data, you can determine what functions and tasks can be manipulated or adjusted to create a more efficient and less wasteful manufacturing process.
Automate today to grow your business tomorrow.
Stay competitive by automating your business and expanding your production capabilities.
Looking for an automation partner?
If you decide to automate, find a partner that will not only help you design and build your production line, but will also help you install, integrate, and maintain your newly-automated business. iGAM aims to be your solution to pain-free automation.
Along with our extensive inventory of affordable used industrial robots and manufacturing equipment, we also offer services to help you along your journey to automation. We can repair and recondition your equipment, assess its value with our asset appraisal services, and buy back your used equipment.
Contact an iGAM Specialist to learn more about what iGAM can do for you.
Want an all-in-one solution?
If you want to automate without the trouble of sourcing and engineering the equipment yourself, consider purchasing a custom-built robotic work cell with iGAM.
We can design, build, and engineer a work cell specific to your company’s needs with affordable refurbished robots and equipment.
Or you can take a look at the pre-built work cells we have in our inventory. They are customizable so you can update the cell according to your production needs. Visit our robotic work cell listings here.
Finance with iGAM
Don’t let new business budgets prevent you from growing with automation. You can finance with iGAM!
We offer two ways to finance:
- Fill out the quick application on the product page and choose from three of the top lenders in the nation.
- Get a line of credit by applying on our partner Behalf’s website and purchase any equipment you need with iGAM.
Automate with iGAM.
iGAM is the leading online marketplace for used industrial robots, robot parts, and robotics equipment. We specialize in providing affordable products that meet the demands of your business and enjoy working with our customers to deliver the results they expect.
With unbeatable prices, selection, and customer service, iGAM aims to be the ultimate destination for automation products across the industry and an essential part of every manufacturer's asset management strategy.