It’s easy to sit at home in lockdown ordering things online and take for granted how consumer goods are produced. Indeed, remaining home is the best thing you can do now, so you couldn’t see the factory floor behind your favourite products even if you wanted to.
After learning about the processes and the equipment that keeps factories churning, you’ll have some renewed appreciation for what arrives at your door. Please continue reading to learn about some of the most important technologiesand processes that keep factories running today.
Have you ever wondered how consumer goods produced in North America, where labour costs are higher than overseas, all manage to meet or exceed a standard of quality? Coordinate measuring machines, more commonly known as CMM machines, play a huge role by automating quality control on the production line.
Industry leaders like CMMXYZ have CMM machines for different sizes and purposes, from Vision and Sensor systems that inspect tiny parts to Gantry CMM machines that inspect parts used by the aerospace industry for spaceships, in addition to planes and cars.
Today’s CMM machines contain automationsoftware that allows them to communicate with each other—if a CMM machine detects a flaw in a part or object, it can alert another machine further up the production line. CMM machines with advanced software reduce maintenance costs as well as labour costs.
If your factory doesn’t have a CMM machine, consider buying one that suits your company’s and products’ needs.
Some factories contain some automated equipment, while others are basically fully automated. The Siemens Electronic Works Facility in Amberg, Germany, is one such example.
The Siemens factory produces 950 different products from over 10,000 different materials and 250 suppliers. The key to creating such technologies is to build a dense mesh of technologies that integrate and cooperate so they work more efficiently as a whole.
Still, the plant hires 1,100, suggesting that even the most automation requires human employees at some point.
Workers are still the main driver for how things in factories get built. Especially right now, hygiene is playing a huge role in keeping workers safe and factories going.
From face masks, plexiglass protectors, and hand sanitizers, ensuring that workers are safe has never been more important for everybody’s collective health. Technology doesn’t have to be modern and cutting-edge to be invaluable, and there’s nothing more crucial right now than safety.
Obviously, practicing good hygiene is mandatory from a health and safety perspective during a pandemic, but there are also financial repercussions for companies that fail to keep their factories a safe place to work. The last thing any business owner wants is a COVID-19 outbreak in their factory.
Between advanced automation found in CMM machines and automated plants to keep things efficient and even older things like hand sanitizer to keep working conditions safe, stay on top of new trends and old stalwarts to keep your factory moving.