Integrate automation into production processes

Integrating automation and robotics systems into production processes is not a task to be carried out independently, consulting and integration partners can identifying the most functional solutions for specific operations and consciously adapting them into the factory.

The following steps show the automation identification process and how to integrate it

1. Focus on processes

Whether it is integrating automation or making changes to operations, the needs of the end user always come first. Lean manufacturing focuses on bringing maximum value to the customer, focus automation efforts on creating what he needs.

Focus on flexibility and alternatives, prefer the choice of light and modular solutions. Locking the manufacturing facility into single-function automated systems can become costly if market demand evolves and product requirements change.

To set up the workflow, distribute responsibilities equally among multiple people. It is risky for the whole organisation to rely on the operation of a single machine or person. Manufacturing facilities need to develop the ability to adapt to change, including the absence of personnel or machinery under maintenance.

It is essential to create a routine that the organisation can use and that improves productivity and reduces waste.

2. Examine the staff

People close to automated systems are the key. It is important to identify people with knowledge, experience and expertise who can facilitate the process. These people can include external consultants.

By making changes, it is essential to keep the communications with the operators open and continuous, building a culture of excellence. For example, it is important for people to feel that they are vital parts of the structure changes. By providing input, they can help improve facility efficiency, and ongoing training instructs on how to best work in a new automated facility.

3. Tools and technology

The tools and technology to choose are to be conceived to support operators as well as to improve production and profit efficiency. Automation should support employee work rather than the other way around. By using automation as a means of improving operations rather than focusing the facility to support new machinery, higher productivity can be achieved with lower costs.

Another tool to consider when implementing lean automation is the training: educating workers on how to best use automated machinery to improve their work and business productivity. Training should include the implementation of new routines to reduce wasted time and improve product quality.

By using these strategies in planning a lean automation transition, you can make the transition less expensive by making the most of the productivity gains it brings.

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