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Why choose AFS?
What is the advantage of incorporating vibratory part feeders and automation equipment into your company? In today's market, there is a demand for higher production rates, greater efficiency and higher quality assurance to the parts being produced or assembled, all at a decreased cost to the company. This becomes many manufacturer's number one problem. The advantages are listed below.
Higher Production Rate
Part feeders are built around the concept of removing the human factor from the production assembly equation. One machine operator can maintain multiple part feeding systems, eliminating the need for many assemblers manually doing the same job. Feeder bowls are machines and therefore are proven to be faster than humans. Manufacturers benefit in numerous ways by incorporating feeder bowls into their work area. Not only are machines able to feed parts quicker and be produced to notice flaws on parts, but the operator can watch more machines, which will increase your finished amount of product, in turn increasing profit.
Feeder bowls are designed to feed a known number of parts per minute, never to be under the minimal needed rate requested by the customer. Machines, such as feeder bowls, are designed to run 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
As per the usual set-up in a manufacturing plant, there is one operator per machine, whether they be assembling products, boxing finished items, or counting parts for shipment, they are still only able to handle one machine and that product specified for their area. With the feeder bowl application in place of the operator feeding the parts or assembling the parts, the same operator can watch two or more machines do the production. They are able to double or even triple their past part production assembling per hour. This benefits the manufacturer by having the ability to ship an increased amount of finished product to their customer, and the company obviously benefits by increasing their net for the year. Assembly machines are similar in having one operator man the process of the machine and enabling them to guarantee a certain amount of finished assembled parts by days' end.
Higher Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance (QA) is an ever-growing part of a manufacturer's workplace. To enable a better product at a reduced price, the workplace of tomorrow needs to continually work on improving the QA of their institution. Vibratory feeder bowls aid in this process and increase the QA further when placed in an inspection station such as a vision system. The vision system can inspect the parts at a quoted rate from the feeder bowl application, with a precise orientation that the customer requests. The end product benefits by decreasing recalls on products or by decreasing the amount of wasted flawed products. QA, when utilized to its maximum capacity, can be a benefit to not only the customer but to the manufacturer by producing a better end product and therefore a name of excellence for the manufacturer, increasing their clientele.