Advent Design's Manufacturing Automation group works in conjunction with each of the other services provided by Advent Design to develop custom engineered solutions that are extremely cost effective. Advent Design considers the complete manufacturing environment in developing custom equipment for the manufacturing floor. Advent Design is well versed in Lean Manufacturing disciplines and prides itself in the development of automation that supports Lean Manufacturing principles.
To compete in an increasingly competitive global economy it is imperative that companies implement "best manufacturing practices". Process Development includes process research and innovation; technology application; scale-up; design, implementation and optimization of manufacturing processes. There are three fundamental components to successful Process Development. The first is to communicate and define the business objectives. The second is to apply appropriate technology to meet the defined objectives. The third is risk management which requires balancing applied innovation and its impact on cost and schedule.
Advent Design brings its extensive internal engineering and project management resources and experience as well as extended resources to your manufacturing product and process development challenge.
Advent Design can provide focused attention to your process development needs while protecting intellectual property and managing risks.
Process Development can be defined as the sequence of operations and parameters required for each operation to ensure that the manufacturing process produces a product within specifications. The transition from a manual assembly process to a semi or fully automated assembly process will inherently change the process. There are many factors to consider when developing an automated assembly system and it is important to understand your process thoroughly. Too often we under estimate the "human element" or the intellect, dexterity, adaptability, and intelligence that the operator brings to the manufacturing process and the affect or risk associated with removing that element from the process. Changing your process incurs risk while the primary objective during the custom machine design stage is to minimize risk. When automating a manufacturing process, the tools used to transform the product will change or the sequence of assembly steps may change. Testing and understanding the impact these changes will have on the manufacturing process is imperative. Often it is important to consider product design changes and the impact of these changes on the assembly process. The best design for manual assembly is not always the most effective for automated assembly. For example applying sealant or adhesives using automated assembly processes is very effective in an automated system but would be nearly impossible for an operator to reproduce consistently. Vice versa seals and o-rings are very effective when manually assembling a product but are very difficult to feed and handle automatically.
In summary during the machine design process it is very important to consider product design changes and the impact they may have on the assembly process. Understanding how automation will change the manufacturing process is also critical. To accommodate for these changes and the risks they introduce it is imperative during the custom automated equipment design and development phase that you test any manufacturing process changes to understand their impact and incorporate into the machine design the ability to monitor and adjust process parameters.