classic | mobile
 

Search...

SA Instrumentation & Control Buyers' Guide

Technews Industry Guide - IIoT 2018

Technews Industry Guide - Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation

 

Operator guided solutions
December 2018, IT in Manufacturing


At parts assembly production sites, where parts are picked from stock, it is almost inevitable that picking mistakes will occur. As parts become more complex and their component types increase, the problem of picking mistakes grows. With Mitsubishi Electric’s Guided Operator Solutions, such mistakes can be eliminated, helping to reduce waste, improve quality and boost productivity.

Poka Yoke

Poka Yoke is the Japanese term used for mistake prevention. Statistically, it has been found that human error when picking parts is one of the most significant causes of mistakes in assembly operations. Typical problems include picking the wrong parts with a similar shape or name, picking and assembling parts out of sequence, or simply missing a part from a sequence.

While product inspection can prevent faulty goods being shipped to customers, it does little to prevent those defects from being introduced into the product in the first place. While for some companies a certain level of waste or rework will be accepted, for others there will be the desire to eliminate mistakes earlier in the production process before real value has been added to the product. To solve these issues Mitsubishi Electric developed its integrated Guided Operator Solutions, based on the principles of Poka Yoke.

Tangible benefits

The costly impact of quality issues is largely recognised for manufacturing companies that engage in assembly tasks. Mitsubishi Electric’s Guided Operator Solutions not only significantly reduce the risk of these quality issues occurring, but they also can be deployed in a diverse range of industry sectors where the benefits can be identified by both managers and operators.

In a typical application, where personnel are required to pick a number of different parts or products from bins in sequence, the chances of the worker correctly picking the parts with 100% reliability every time are small. In the worst case, a mistake introduced into the product will go unnoticed until further up the production line – if at all.

However, with Guided Operator Solutions in place, the automation system guides the worker to the correct parts bin, perhaps by simply lighting an indicator next to the correct picking location, or by opening a shutter and requiring an operator acknowledgement of the successful pick of the correct part. Picking becomes not only inherently more reliable, but also faster, so both quality and overall productivity improve.

Totally integrated solution

Often assembly tasks must fit into the wider operational environment of the plant. This is essential to avoid the issues of over and under production. It is also important to consider the resource planning for parts used in the picking operations.

To permit connectivity to multiple picking applications within the plant, dedicated bridges connect stations over CC-Link and CC-Link IE networks. High-speed data communication enables synchronisation of tasks, but also allows assembly cells to be distributed according to the needs of the production site. Furthermore, direct integration of MES technology permits the Guided Operator Solutions to be connected to high level organisational systems so that output and resource planning are controlled in real time.

Guided Operator Solutions, sometimes known as pick to light solutions, were originally deployed for the automotive sector. However, with Mitsubishi Electric’s wide array of ergonomically designed terminals it is possible to deploy these solutions in many other industry areas that include logistics, semiconductor and life science sectors, which rely on processes such as parts replenishment, production cell picking and kitting for subsequent manufacture.

For more information contact Adroit Technologies, +27 11 658 8100, info@adroit.co.za, www.adroittech.co.za


Credit(s)
Supplied By: Adroit Technologies
Tel: +27 11 658 8100
Fax: +27 11 658 8101
Email: info@adroit.co.za
www: www.adroit.co.za
Share via email     Share via LinkedIn   Print this page

Further reading:

  • Key digital transformation IT concepts for operations
    December 2018, IT in Manufacturing
    Rather than focus on the digital transformation IT concepts through a technical lens, this article looks at them in terms of their implication on industrial operations.
  • Data centre management as a service
    December 2018, IT in Manufacturing
    DMaaS aggregates and analyses large sets of anonymised customer data that can be enhanced with machine learning.
  • Software for low voltage distribution planning
    November 2018, ElectroMechanica, IT in Manufacturing
    New software from Hager facilitates planning and configuration of low voltage switchgear.
  • SKF ups the digital ante at ­Göteborg plant
    November 2018, SKF South Africa, IT in Manufacturing
    Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at the Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been ...
  • 3D software eliminates ­programming
    November 2018, ASSTech Process Electronics + Instrumentation, IT in Manufacturing
    More and more industrial users are discovering the potential of three dimensional software-aided object measurement. With the VisionApp 360 software, Wenglor now offers a smart tool that makes 3D object ...
  • Advanced data management from Siemens
    November 2018, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Indust. & Drives, IT in Manufacturing
    Siemens is innovating its data management software for process analytical technology (PAT) with Simatic Sipat version 5.1, which allows users to monitor and control the quality of their products in real-time ...
  • The 5 stages of cybersecurity awareness
    October 2018, IT in Manufacturing
    Before any of these recommendations can be implemented, managers must first understand and accept the risks they face and the potential consequences. An understanding of human behaviour can help. The ...
  • How adding services to products could start your journey towards an Industry 4.0 solution
    October 2018, Absolute Perspectives, This Week's Editor's Pick, IT in Manufacturing
    For manufacturers, digital transformation involves understanding a range of new technologies and applying these to both create new business and to improve the current operation. Industry 4.0 provides ...
  • Energy management software
    October 2018, Yokogawa South Africa, IT in Manufacturing
    Energy management solutions from KBC, a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corp.
  • Using IIoT analytics to build customer solutions
    October 2018, Parker Hannifin Sales Company South, IT in Manufacturing
    Parker’s Voice of the Machine platform contextualises the data collected from machines.
  • Key considerations when designing IIoT networks for smart businesses
    October 2018, RJ Connect, IT in Manufacturing
    In the era of the IIoT, industries have opportunities to become more productive, more efficient and more dynamic. For example, the IIoT provides businesses with new capabilities such as dashboards that ...
  • Digital transformation starts with people
    October 2018, IT in Manufacturing
    Digital has become business-critical and is deemed the biggest shift for humanisation since the Industrial Revolution. Unfortunately, businesses and employees do not understand what digital transformation ...

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual





 

         
    classic | mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.