Do you know the five minefields of non-standard automatic transformation of factories?
In the beginning of the "robot revolution", many enterprises have set foot on the "no return road" of non-standard automation equipment in factories, and unmanned factories seem to gradually become the development trend of future factories. But fully automated assembly lines are sported by large enterprises. Despite the government's efforts to promote robot replacement policies, many enterprises receive subsidies from the state and simply "hang" equipment in production workshops.
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Mistake # 1: introducing robots is an automatic upgrade
The application of robot is one of the most representative aspects of automatic upgrade. But it doesn't solve everything. Pneumatic and hydraulic control and non-standard equipment automation is also a very important means to achieve automation. Especially for some special applications, robots can not solve, non-standard automation equipment is the answer. Automatic upgrade, must not just stare at the robot to see, a variety of channels is the best.
Mistake # 2: robots can be bought and used
As an intelligent device, robot can not be used simply after installation and debugging. If the neglect of robot development (or secondary development) and application, will lead to many robots back to use or improper use. Comparing robots to sports athletes, a good team of athletes (robots) plus a good coach (system integrator) is the key to the success of the whole team (enterprise).
3. Automated upgrades can be done in one step
True automatic upgrade is not a simple station or machine replacement can be completed, but an extremely complex system engineering. Automation transformation needs to act according to one's ability, starting from the more mature automation technology, starting from the parts of the factory in urgent need of upgrading and transformation, gradually, must not pursue one step in place.
4. Any process can be replaced by automatic equipment
The products produced by automatic production line should have a large enough output; Product design and technology should be advanced, stable, reliable, and remain basically unchanged for a long time. Not all processes are suitable for automated transformation. Adopting automatic line in large quantity and mass production has remarkable economic benefits.
5. Automating industry 4.0
Recently, the concept of industry 4.0 and made in China 2025 has been so hot that many enterprises blindly follow the trend.Manufacturing companies should pay more attention to practical technology and solutions to problems. When the development of broad management automation with information as the core technology, the industry 4.0 era will also emerge.
So, if enterprises need to use industrial robot systems, the first thing to do is to analyze their own production process, understand their own needs.
Analyze and understand your needs
A listen and understand your needs
The use of automated systems to assemble production workshops for manufacturing is intended to maximize the efficiency ratio of production and quality control. We need to go to the production department and get familiar with the production process. It is necessary to study which processes are the weaknesses of the production process and which processes can be automated instead of manual.
Analyze the return on investment based on the combination of short-term needs and long-term goals. Don't just look at today or years from now and decide what equipment you need to buy.
B. Cultivate and recruit talents
If the need for innovation technology, the inevitable need for the corresponding technical personnel. There are bound to be a lot of equipment in the automatic assembly workshop. The talents of the company need the ability to learn quickly and get familiar with the integrator's system as soon as possible.
C identify the responsible party
Integrators and end users are responsible for ensuring the normal production process. Integrators are required to provide expert guidance on equipment to meet customer requirements. It is the responsibility of the customer to provide the relevant information required by the production equipment.
Second, choose reliable system integrator
The industry of industrial robot automation and integration has not been established for several years in China. Currently, there is no reliable level determination of integrators in China, so we cannot protect our choice based on these associations or official certifications.So what kind of integrators are relatively reliable?
A suitable size
As a supplier of robot systems, scale matters. This is a large and comprehensive robot supplier, such as the domestic xinsong, the foreign ABB, system integration and robot body are all done.It is also a small, smart robot company with few employees, such as UR and KMT.
Big doesn't necessarily mean better, and small doesn't mean less power.
B areas of expertise
A qualified integrator for industry application integration. They are not only familiar with industrial robots, but also the production standards, production requirements and production processes of the industry. Good robot companies don't make good robot systems. Integrators sell customers robots that can produce their products, not robots themselves.
C professional engineer team and project management team
When contacting with professional robot system integrators, their professional technicians or sales staff will generally provide detailed engineering management and implementation details, listen to your requirements, and suggest you to conduct a feasibility analysis or preliminary trial production. You can learn about the composition of the integrator's technical staff during the pilot production to see if there are expert engineers with years of work experience or a large number of young graduates.
D professional documents
Professional robot system integrators generally have their standard products, as well as technical documentation of their standard products.They typically produce separate technical documentation for different customers. If it is a foreign integrator, they will also provide translation documents. Of course, this part may incur costs.
E promised spare parts
Although the stability of industrial robots has improved considerably in recent years, they are still machines. No one in the world has ever invented a perpetual motion machine or a machine that never wears out, so your robot will still break down. Therefore, it is important to know if your supplier can provide you with the spare parts you need.
F professional services
If your company is a small and medium-sized enterprise, training a technical staff for this system is a huge cost, which means that you may still rely on your supplier for most of your problems.
A professional system integrator will have a special service department to deal with the problem of equipment service. They usually offer phone support, email support, or their devices are equipped with remote support.
G clear warranty
The last thing you need to know is about the warranty. It must be clear that they provide warranty time, warranty is based on three shifts, limited warranty time, etc.