Automating high-volume production operations is relatively straightforward: 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.
What if the production line needs to run a number of different sizes of parts – like varying size picture frames – at a much smaller volume? This is where a clever application of technology by a highly-experienced and knowledgeable integrator is needed.
Midwest Engineered Systems has done just that. Combining a reliable implementation of machine vision and robotics, we were able to sidestep the need for customized fixturing and high changeover times needed to move between frame sizes. The automation system is able to identify and adjust the manufacturing process with the vision systems. This flexibility allows the system to control quality as well as different product sizes on the fly.
If you’re considering automation for a higher mix, lower volume assembly process, contact MWES today. Our application engineers are ready to discuss your project and what’s possible.