You and fellow stakeholders in your organization may have a growing concern about your manufacturing process, with issues of accuracy causing problems you now must sort out before you waste more materials.
If that’s the situation (common in many industries), you would be right to register some concern. After all, in any industrial process, an organization’s bottom line will be affected by how many units come off of the line according to exacting specifications and how many do not meet the measure.
Risks of Failing to Meet Your Accuracy Requirements
In addition to mistakes causing a financial drain because of rejected units, you run the risk of having to arrange for overtime work, putting additional strain on employees.
If manufacturing defects and problems with accuracy persist, you could alienate the businesses you partner with due to delivery delays or components that simply won’t be acceptable to buyers. It doesn’t help your reputation in the industry if you become known for deficiencies in your final products.
Your CFO will have to sound the alarm if your parts are consistently produced outside of the tolerance band of acceptable dimensions of a particular part. What’s crucial is balancing the tolerance levels with cost control. Doing so is easier when you automate the inspection process and gather data on each part to verify it will be acceptable.
While you may appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail that you can achieve with manual labor, it’s clear that you can improve manufacturing tolerance and accuracy when you focus more on automated processes.
Bringing Automation to Your Facilities
If you’ve been considering automation for boosting accuracy when assessing how well your products adhere to established manufacturing tolerance benchmarks, you’re not alone. For context, in terms of multipurpose industrial robots, operational stock worldwide was approximately 2.7 million, according to the latest data available from Statista.
To improve accuracy, you can deploy automation in partnership with manufacturing tolerance experts, such as the team at PrimeTest Automation. As Quality Magazine noted, once manufacturers start to automate inspection systems, “which sample in real-time, very quickly it becomes clear that on average, the actual manufacturing tolerances are significantly greater than previously assumed.”
A good way to start is by testing the waters with a small project in your organization. When you prepare to scale up your automation investments, “you can first try them in a lower-risk area and then expand” the work with automated manufacturing tolerance and accuracy assessments, as your budget and desire to automate more processes increases.
Does Your Business Need a Customized Automation Solution? Contact Us Today
Automating more of your processes will be crucial for maintaining customer loyalty and solidifying relationships with your industry partners, vendors, and others. But chances are that you need some assistance in sorting out your options for automation.
From machine vision systems to test automation to customized assembly lines built to your high standards, our team has years of experience in automation and testing. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
To learn more about our approach to automation and our custom manufacturing capabilities, please contact PrimeTest Automation today.