Monday, October 24, 2011

Is Motion Control For You?

Motion control has exploded in the last 20 years, and is now an option for almost any OEM machine undergoing design revision. Though investing in motion control technology can be somewhat costly, the growing need for faster production speeds and accurate, repeatable performance has easily legitimized the added expenditures for most manufacturers. And, due to increased standardization and growing volume, component costs are steadily decreasing, making automation technology even more accessible.

Though the benefits of automation technology are apparent, and almost any OEM machine can be a candidate for motion control, not every opportunity to update your machinery is worthwhile or even cost-justified. To determine if automating your existing machinery is the right move for you, it is important to analyze a few points:

1) First, understand the strengths of motion control – what improved efficiencies do automation technology bring to OEM equipment?

2) Secondly, examine the trouble spots of your existing equipment and decide whether this type of technology will help overcome these weaknesses.

3) Finally, consider if improving your machine functionality will help increase your business’s sales potential.

Once you have looked at all these factors and have decided that applying motion control technology to your OEM machines is right for you, then carefully choose your motion control supplier, and go for it! After all, your customers – as well as your bottom line – will thank you for it.

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