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Automating a food handling production line is becoming increasingly more important these days. With the ongoing pandemic and labor shortages affecting virtually all businesses big and small, moving from an unreliable manual workforce to robotic automation is essential. A leading food manufacturer came to us intent on enhancing their production line with robotic automation.
Many businesses rely on machines that are decades old, and those machines develop a great deal of wear and tear over time. Maintenance costs and down-time for repairs can be a costly expense and severely hinder production line throughput. An automotive parts manufacturer came to Midwest Engineered Systems afflicted with that very problem.
As your business grows, so will the demands on your manufacturing throughput. However, if the original manufacturer of your existing automation system is no longer in business, you will be forced to look elsewhere to expand your automation throughput. A leading national cheese supplier came to Midwest Engineered Systems with that very problem.
Midwest Engineered Systems built a robotic palletizing system that could move over 80 cases per minute. The robotic integration required no tooling changes to accommodate varying case sizes, or to handle the layer slip sheets. This system also utilizes an automated pallet dispenser, and can produce multiple pallet patterns.
MWES designed a single manual production line for a firm that could manufacture over a dozen different variations of a hydraulic motor. The line utilizes a large number of sub-assembly stations, where workers perform the required tasks based on the specific variant of the motor being assembled.
With the current ongoing labor shortage, skilled welders are in short supply leaving many businesses to rely more heavily on robotics to fill that void. Fully automating a 24/7 welding operation is not as complicated or as intimidating as it may sound. What if the production line requires multiple stations or has to handle different metal types?
Midwest Engineered System built a fully automated assembly line that required no manual labor to perform the assembly operation. Robots using a vision system would pick and sort the multiple types of triggers as they travel on a single conveyor. On a separate conveyor, filled bottles would arrive at the bottle assembly station.
When you’re riding on the subway, most people don’t think about how the car they are riding in was assembled much less the process behind it. MWES built a robotic welding system that would allow a single robot on an overhead gantry to work in tandem with human workers safely.
Automation systems come in a variety of sizes. Some are small enough to process sensitive medical operations. They scale up from there to robotic systems that can process parts the size or weight of a car and beyond.
Automating high volume production operations is relatively straight forward: design a specialized machine that only produces one part. The rest of the time is spent to make it robust enough to do it at speed and for a long time before service.