Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Automation Technology Boosts Production Quality and Efficiency for a Broad Array of Products

Here’s a riddle for you: What do aluminum cans, Sealy mattress covers, and golf balls all have in common? These products, like dozens of other consumer items, are currently manufactured with better cost-efficiency and quality through the use of motion-control technology. A full range of single- and multi-axis controllers, operator interfaces, drives, motors, and software suites are now providing OEMs with a high-speed precision once only associated with expensive, top-of-the-line CNC machinery.

Through the use of automated technology, products can be built with greater accuracy and more consistent quality than what was once achieved through manual operations. What's more, programmable motion control devices grant manufacturers the flexibility to make numerous product variations with only one machine. Motion controllers can also perform in-process product evaluations, quickly detecting any problematic parts and providing necessary repair. This diagnostic process reduces the accumulation of any significant amount of waste, improving output quality while saving clients money.

So, what do aluminum cans, Sealy mattress covers, and other such items have in common?  Three words – servo-driven motion control!

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