The trend in business processes is undeniably moving away from slow, manual methods and toward some form of automation. Automating processes have a number of benefits including faster time to market, increased quality, and lower costs… just to name a few.
Although automation has done a great deal to help companies become more efficient and productive, not every task that involves manual labor needs to be automated. A couple key questions should be asked if you are considering automation:
- How repetitive is the task performed on a daily basis?
- Do the steps in the process change often?
When implementing an automation system, it is important to think small… as in micro automation. Micro automation involves the handling of small parts, but in return provides huge benefits. More extensive processes that include small part handling, dispensing, and assembly are becoming more and more common.
For example, an industry that greatly utilizes micro automation is the medical device industry. With a goal to reduce overall costs, stay competitive on price all while being able to get to market faster, the medical device industry has much to gain with automating their processes.
Medical device manufacturers can save money and time spent on training employees in performing repetitive manual tasks by rather implementing automation that allows them to easily scale-up production. Studies show that people perform better when tasks are more engaging and require critical thinking. The removal of monotonous, repetitive, and at times dangerous tasks, allows valued employees to take on more challenging and important tasks therefore contributing more to the bottom line.
As organizations transform to more automated processes, many are finding micro automation is the place to start. As device parts shrink to smaller and smaller levels, precision is essential. By implementing micro automation these types of repetitive small footprint applications become more practical. The use of small devices such as vision systems and photo eye sensors on compact automated machinery provide a number of benefits including:
- compact workspace
- increased flexibility
- accurate repeatable processes
- far superior quality than the human eye can even perceive.
Delta Technology has breadth of expertise to integrate solutions in large, small, and micro applications. We have partnerships with industry-leading suppliers to integrate robotics and automation solutions for small part assembly. Knowing this, it is essential for success to collaborate with an industry expert that has automation expertise. By consulting with our team from a product’s inception, production partners can provide the building blocks needed to greatly improve time-to-market and quality for manufacturing needs. Having a collaborative approach allows businesses to focus on other key areas of their business while ensuring improved results through automation technology.
At Delta Technology, our small part assembly manufacturing solutions offer you the opportunity to stay competitive with the latest trends in highly dynamic markets. Solutions are constantly evolving, and prototypes and proof of concepts are essential in keeping up with the rapidly changing advancements in technology.
Technology is complicated, automation doesn’t need to be. Let Delta be your guide.