At Weldon Solutions, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of process improvements to our manufacturing customers through our robotic automation systems.
As a FANUC Certified Service Provider, we provide FANUC-authorized service solutions to our customers, ensuring their robots operate at peak efficiency. Fewer than 5 percent of FANUC Authorized System Integrators achieve the distinction of becoming a Certified Service Provider.
What automation can help accomplish
When manufacturers contact Weldon to help automate processes, the primary goal is often to boost labor efficiency. That efficiency most often happens under the general purpose material handling integration umbrella, including machine load/unload, material stack/unstack and assembly line automation.
But those are just the most basic aspects of the automation systems Weldon can build. There are almost endless numbers and kinds of end-of-arm tools which can be utilized by a robot.
One of the greatest benefits of having a robotic arm to perform tasks is that it is so flexible, it can touch any point within its work envelope. And there is a huge diversity in the kinds of applications where robots can enhance production line performance.
Addressing costs and challenges
While automating processes can yield significant improvements in labor efficiency, it is essential to be prepared for certain challenges. Proper handling and consistent operation by trained personnel are crucial, as a company’s processing machine is akin to its cash register, and maximizing productivity is a priority. Selecting the most efficient robot type and setup for the intended use can also pose a challenge.
There is no doubt automating processes can dramatically improve labor efficiency, but, of course, it does come at a cost. At Weldon, most automation projects range from $100,000 to $1 million, depending on the system’s complexity and scale.
The robotics projects Weldon builds can also vary considerably in size and shape. Some may have a single robot contained within a booth that is six feet square. Another could have a larger robot enclosed within a safety fence that is 20 to 30 feet square.
And another automation setup might have one or more robots on a rail moving back and forth with machine tools spread out 40 or 50 feet to perform tasks.
Automation is not limited to specific industries; instead, it has become a prevalent trend across all sectors. Companies in various domains are embracing automation to streamline their processes and enhance overall efficiency.
If your organization is interested in automating any of its processes, contact Weldon today to discuss your options and ideas. Our team of experts can engineer automation solutions to meet your specific needs.