White Paper: Transforming Medium-Industry Manufacturing Through Vision-Guided Robotics and CAD to Path Generation

Navus

Automation using robotics isn’t a new concept in the world of manufacturing, but many industries are still discovering robotics’ endless possibilities. Medium-industry manufacturing is associated with automotive, aluminum die casting, and durable goods, but residential construction falls into the same category. Building a prefabricated residential structure may seem like it’s a heavy-industry project, but it’s really a lot of medium-industry pieces combined to create one finished product, much like a car.

The latest free white paper we’ve published features a medium-industry project that introduced automation to the featured clients’ facility. Our client had historically had their employees manually measure and cut all of the floorboards needed for a prefabricated residential building. The issue with a manual process lies in the room for human error. Each floorboard piece had different required measurements in order to match the layout of multiple building plans. Employees at their manufacturing facility measured, cut, and organized each floorboard with their own hands. Our clients knew there had to be a more efficient and precise way to complete this part of their process.

Our engineers are always excited to design a new process for a client, but this project was particularly exciting. Our clients had no other automated processes within their facilities. The process our engineers designed would be the first for the entire company. 

Our clients needed a process that could translate building plans from two dimensional CAD drawings to finished floorboards, cut, stacked, and organized in order of their use in the downstream process. The automated system required vision-guided robotics, custom software, and adaptability with minimal input from an operator.

Though the project seemed complicated, our engineering team knew they could design a system that met all of our clients’ needs, as well as delivering faster production times and decreased safety risks for employees within their facility. The result of our engineers’ expertise was an easy-to-use-system that integrated with their other processes to deliver finished products faster than they thought possible.

In this free white paper, you’ll discover how this custom, adaptable system:

  • Decreases safety risks to employees through remote operation
  • Creates more revenue through increased throughput
  • Saves time and money through decreased production time
  • Eliminates the possibility of human errors with precise measurements translated with robotics and custom software to result in cut, organized floorboards

To discover more about how Navus engineers used vision-guided robotics to design a custom automation process that worked for our client’s needs, you can read all about it in the free white paper, Transforming Medium-Industry Manufacturing Through Vision-Guided Robotics and CAD to Path Generation.

Navus Automation Inc. is a leading full-service automation integrator. Our world-class team has a reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions. From concept to completion, Navus provides robotic welding and automation systems built upon our unwavering commitment to excellence, precision, and reliability

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Visual Case Study: Custom Automation for Dynamic Productivity in Light Industrial Manufacturing

Navus

At NAVUS we develop and design projects of all scales and levels. Sometimes the projects we do are focused on achieving a process design that seemed impossible for our clients due to complexity or scale. Our engineers excel at tasks and projects that take a complicated process and streamline it to suit your company’s needs. 

Recently we acquired a client that already had automated processes within their facility for the production of a particular product, however, their downstream process required these products to change orientation in order to be packaged correctly without associate intervention. Our engineers were given specific goals, materials, and space to work with in order to create the custom automated process and integrate it with existing processes within our client’s manufacturing facility. Not only did we have very specific parameters, but the product itself was complicated. Our client needed assembly of multiple components to be accomplished within the space they dedicated to our process. The finished process would have to be dynamic in multiple ways.

To complete this project, our engineers needed to:

  • Design an automated process that integrated with existing processes within our client’s manufacturing facility
  • Keep the footprint of the process small, meaning multiple stages of assembly had to happen in the same process enclosure
  • Ensure that the process could nest multiple parts precisely together to comply with downstream packaging systems

The finished process was proposed to produce 24 parts per minute with the supervision of only one operator. These specific guidelines and requests from our client were definitely different from the projects we typically highlight:

  • The scale of the product itself is smaller than the products and parts we typically engineer custom automation processes for
  • The variables we had to keep in mind while designing and engineering the process made it a much more complex project
  • The finished process needed to work with other processes in the facility, but we could still make it something completely unique for our client

All of the variables and complexity presented an intriguing and unique project for our engineers to navigate. Together with our valuable vendors, we designed an automated process that worked and looked more refined than our clients could have imagined. To discover more about how Navus engineers used robotics to design a custom automation process that worked for our client’s needs, you can experience it all through our free visual case study, Custom Automation for Dynamic Productivity in Light Industrial Manufacturing, by clicking here to download.

Navus Automation Inc. is a leading full-service automation integrator. Our world-class team has a reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions. From concept to completion, Navus provides robotic welding and automation systems built upon our unwavering commitment to excellence, precision, and reliability.

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