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Poka Yoke in Manufacturing

Poka Yoke in Manufacturing

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Humans make mistakes, and these mistakes can cause defective products.

Poka Yoke, also known as mistake-proofing, is a technique for avoiding simple human errors at work. The idea was originally developed in the 1960s by Shigeo Shingo who was one of the IE engineers at Toyota.

Poka Yoke’s are mechanisms used to eliminate errors by effectively making it impossible to make mistakes in a given process. And they can be used everywhere. Continue Reading

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Top Benefits of Automation in Manufacturing [VIDEO]

Top Benefits of Automation in Manufacturing [VIDEO]

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Why automate in manufacturing? Our [VIDEO] below presents top benefits of automation in manufacturing.

Got a question about your process or industy? Contact us today!

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Automated Production Ltd appoints Technical Director

Automated Production Ltd appoints Technical Director

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Automated Production Ltd, the leading UK manufacturer of bespoke automation systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Beeton as the Technical Director of APL.

Marc brings over 25 years of industry experience to his new role as APL’s technical director, in which he has the overall responsibility for the design, development and quality control of APL’s bespoke automated systems.

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Automated Production Ltd moves to new premises

Automated Production Ltd moves to new premises

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Automated production Ltd has expanded and moved into new premises which offers state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.

The company has nearly 30 years’ experience of providing bespoke automated systems for advanced manufacturing and regulated industries – from food production to pharmaceuticals, automotive, electronics and plastics.

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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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People on the move

People on the move

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Automated Production Ltd has appointed David Hanslow as Sales Director. With a wealth of experience in the automation industry, David has built up a reputation for establishing long term relationships with customers across a wide range of industrial sectors. Continue Reading

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