Determining the scope and scale of an automation system isn’t straightforward. Amongst the many questions manufacturers will consider prior to making an investment will include -:
• Will the automation system meet my future needs and requirements?
• How long will the system’s design, assembly and installation take?
• What will be the return on investment?
Automation boosts productivity, profitability and competitiveness. However, many manufacturers are reluctant to commit to an automation system owing to concerns about flexibility and cost.
Determining the scope of an automation system involves trying to anticipate future needs and, it is believed by many, that system design, assembly and installation can include long lead times and significant expense.
The System 3R Transformer modular automation system from GF Machining Solutions addresses those concerns. The system is expandable and scalable; a manufacturer can begin by automating one or two machines in the first instance and then - gradually or rapidly - expand the cell to include as many as 12 stations.
The system’s adaptability and flexibility ensures that it will never be too specialised or too small to meet a manufacturer’s future requirements.
Many automation systems have limitations and are designed to integrate certain machine tool brands or styles.
The open architecture of the Transformer system enables the integration of different manufacturing technologies including machining centres and lathes, EDM machines, measurement devices and even parts’ cleaning equipment.
Unconstrained by compatibility issues, individual operations can be optimised and incorporated to achieve full automation of an entire process.