Machines built for future flexibility
Sourcing a machine is hard work. Want to avoid another round of capital approvals and procurement reviews? Think beyond the RFQ and start your next machine builder engagement with a focus on your challenges, and definition of success. The goal is to think differently about the way machines will be used today and in the future.
For example, reliable, proven technology exists to perform orienting, conveying, closing and labeling processes in your plant. Quoting something off-the-shelf for each product line is an easy answer. But, what about a solution that delivers this capability for a variety of products, with a single control platform and a single OEM contact to support your team?
This is where a machine builder can really set you up for success, if given the right directive. Smart, flexible machines built with advanced technology can make it easier to shift between varying packaging sizes or even changeover to run entirely different products. The answer is multi-purpose equipment that can change between products, sizes and configurations at the push of a button, making your operations more agile and flexible.
Linear motor independent cart technology, or ICT, is one of these advanced solutions that provide infinitely greater flexibility and efficiency than traditional systems. ICT intelligently moves products as operations are completed and can bring changeover downtime from hours to minutes, literally making changes with the push of a button.
Another technology central to flexible manufacturing is robotics. Challenge traditional designs with more integrated, accurate and safe solutions from your supplier. A holistic solution that brings together robotics, equipment and automation control allows you to quickly re-configure your machines for a variety of products. Advances in robotics engineering can also support flexibility with sensors and vision technologies that automatically adjust to accommodate new products.