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Can widget gluing and assembly line

Can widget gluing and assembly line

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Our customer challenged APL to design and manufacture a can widget gluing and assembly line. The turnkey system design and build consists of two bespoke modules. The first module applies a two part adhesive to the widget, and the second module assembled the glued widget into the can. The minimum cycle requirement is to produce 250 cans per minute. Continue Reading

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What to look for in an automation partner?

What to look for in an automation partner?

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Choosing the right automation solution partner is critical to the long-term success of your business. It can make a big difference in your plant’s productivity, as well as the opportunities and potential for the future development. But what are the main objectives for having an automation partner? Does it just need to complement a single project? Or a complete system build? A need for semi-automated assembly line, or an overall production line transformation? That is why it’s important to identify your objectives and needs in advance. Continue Reading

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What is a URS? Why is it Important?

What is a URS? Why is it Important?

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When used for the purchase of special purpose machinery a User Requirement Specification (URS) is a technical reference document specially prepared for purchase of capital equipment within the manufacturing sector. The specification is used to provide a list of requirements for new equipment and can also outline any associated commercial requirements within the scope of supply. The User Requirements Specification highlights the needs of the end user as well as any regulatory requirements that surround the particular environment or industry. Continue Reading

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How Flexible Automation Increases Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE)

How Flexible Automation Increases Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE)

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In our last article we discussed how to measure the effectiveness of the production line using Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) as a practice metric.  To calculate OEE requires data on three contributing factors: Availability, Performance, Quality. (OEE = Availability x Performance x Quality) Continue Reading

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How to measure the effectiveness of your production line?

How to measure the effectiveness of your production line?

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In today’s globally competitive business environment, manufacturers continually strive to improve their performance by enhancing the production line’s effectiveness to meet the needs of an ever-changing market. Various lean manufacturing tools have been applied to make improvements in the productivity and reliability of the production process. Methods such as Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), launched by Nakajima (1988), have been implemented by many firms to maintain and improve the integrity of the production line. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), as a standardised operations performance metric of the TPM concept, allows manufacturers to benchmark against competitors in the same industry.

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