How do we optimize robot- or automation solutions?
Typically after acquisition, there will be a run-in period with reduced productivity in which the solution and the processes of the business are adapted for one another. Due to this, it often requires additional effort to harvest all potential gains.
As solutions are written off from the moment it put into use, an early performance-check can either prevent eventual losses or maybe further increase gains.
The challenge is to identify those bottlenecks and focus areas which have the greatest potential for improvement – for example to increase productivity, create better quality or improve working environments.
Furthermore it requires a tangible plan of action to realize improvements
Get more out of robot- or automation solutions
The first step in improving performance of a robot- or automation solution is to evaluate both the robot and its environment.
Gain & Co has more than 25 years of experience with robot technology, automation and optimization through LEAN, and can therefor optimize the entire work flow and not just the individual solution.
It is fairly common to find potential for imrpovement hidden in the periphery surrounding robot solutions. In many cases, the robot will speed up the individual process, but to fully realize potential gains, the surrounding processes must also be modified.
In a performance-improvement, you will view the processes as a unified system and attempt to plan and optimize after.
At the same time, there can also be a hidden potential within the robot- or automation solution itself. For example, with single changes you could perhaps obtain greater speed or a more uniform quality of work. In some situations there can even be installed automated quality control in the robot solution, which can replace the need for manual quality control and thus increase savings from the solution.
In performance-improvements, we review the potential for optimizing a long row of parameters, including:
- Error rate
- Conversion time