Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights Video Seriesthis program explores the motivations and practical implementation of automation in manufacturing, and how it might be more effective when used with lean principles. While there is a school of thought that believes lean equals simple and therefore manual, looking through the lens of a lean mind-set can actually help optimize the use of automation.
Using lean principles, depending on circumstances, helps guide automation improvements to secure gains in throughput, quality, consistency and cost as well as worker safety and health.
Three companies share their experiences with lean and automation:
By Gary Conner
By George N Bullen FSME