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May 7, 2019
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Automation in the Automotive Industry

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Industrial automation is increasingly being adopted and applied in almost every industry now including automotive. The way it opens doors for Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, etc., it has successfully attracted a wider group of users across the globe. Speaking of the car manufacturing industry, automation provides them with a competitive advantage. Improvement in the quality, reduction in the warranty costs, improved capacity, and preventing workers from dangerous and difficult jobs are some of the benefits that come standard with automation.

Application of automation in the automotive industry is not limited to only some specific tasks, rather it has great potential throughout the entire supply chain. Be it car manufacturing plants or car components manufacturing plants, automation effectively fulfils the criteria for ‘Quality’, ‘Capacity’, and ‘Safety’.

Quality: In order to maintain quality, the basic idea is to reduce waste. In case of the human workforce, a manufacturing unit may sometimes witness an increase in waste due to human error. Moreover, humans tend to get distracted and tired resulting in an inefficient production cycle. Automation eliminates improper handling and maintains efficient production cycle, thus reducing the waste and enhancing the quality. Various automated machines come equipped with closed loop measurement systems that detect error or trend towards non-conformance and correct the machine accordingly.

Capacity: The production capacity of an automotive manufacturing unit solely relies on the management of its production line. If there is no consistency in the process control, the entire production line can get affected. Automated machines ensure production activity without any break, which yields more output. On the other hand, human-operated assembly lines can face production halts due to human error, which not only can affect the existing production capacity but also reduces the possibility of excess production to zero. In addition, humans need breaks for resting/meals, etc.

Safety: Manufacturing of car components involve various life-risking tasks. Manufacturing units equip their plants with high-end and latest protection gear, but still, there is always a possibility of fatal accidents. Automated machines can easily prevent such risks by taking care of tough activities in moulding chambers, welding units, press stations, etc.

Now, what tasks can the automated machines do?

The automotive industry is not just limited to car manufacturing plants. There are hundreds and thousands of parts in a single car and various manufacturing plants specialize in a specific category of these parts. With the introduction of Smart Manufacturing, the industry is now moving towards every possible way to automate their process. Automated machines can:

Higher Profit Potential: This comprises of certain factors:

  • Handle the entire moulding process – be it die casting or injection moulding.
  • Pour the molten metal in the foundry.
  • Cut and trim flash from moulds and diecasts.
  • Polish the moulds.
  • Spot weld full body panels, brackets, mounds, other parts.
  • Assemble and install various parts.
  • Paint, coat and seal parts before assembly.
  • Operate CNC Machines making Turned or Milled components

Over the years, the automotive industry has rapidly adopted automated machinery so as to simplify and enhance their production process. But, depending heavily on automation is full of challenges. That being the reason, it is highly important to consult an experienced partner for adopting and installing Industry 4.0. Marshall, with its decades of experience in manufacturing Super-Optimised CNC Turning Machines, has successfully introduced a wide range of I 4.0 equipment for smart manufacturing units. Click here to get in touch with us for expert guidance.

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