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Monthly Archives: August 2014

How Flexible Automation Increases Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE)

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In our last article we discussed how to measure the effectiveness of the production line using Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) as a practice metric.  To calculate OEE requires data on three contributing factors: Availability, Performance, Quality. (OEE = Availability x Performance x Quality) Continue Reading

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How to measure the effectiveness of your production line?

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In today’s globally competitive business environment, manufacturers continually strive to improve their performance by enhancing the production line’s effectiveness to meet the needs of an ever-changing market. Various lean manufacturing tools have been applied to make improvements in the productivity and reliability of the production process. Methods such as Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), launched by Nakajima (1988), have been implemented by many firms to maintain and improve the integrity of the production line. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), as a standardised operations performance metric of the TPM concept, allows manufacturers to benchmark against competitors in the same industry.

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What is a bowl feeder? How does it work?

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Vibratory Bowl feeders are a traditional way of handling and sorting bulk products to further processing machinery and packaging lines. The vibratory bowl feeder has not changed greatly over the years and remain a robust and reliable solution in place of a line operator. Bowl feeders come in many shapes and sizes and can be used in the pharmaceutical, food, automotive, electronics and packaging industries to name a few. The most common and widely used area for a bowl feeder is to present parts one by one orientated all one way to an assembly machine or processing line. The parts are then either assembled packaged or counted into batches. A bowl feeder can process parts up to 10 meters per minute giving an accurate and continuous supply to the machine or processing line. For Pharmaceutical and food grade applications bowl feeders are manufactured from a high grade of stainless steel (316L) and fully welded to meet stringent clean room conditions. Continue Reading

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RNA Newsletter Aug Issue 2014

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RNA Newsletter 0814: Our Summer issue includes a case study of a RNA recently developed project Robotic Insert Loading and Test System. This system enables the manufacture, test and packaging of the Gen Gemma Enclosure with minimal operator intervention.  Other features also include a view point on Benefits of Automated Production Lines and a feature on the difference between a vibratory bowl, centrifugal or pneumatic feeding system. Continue Reading

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RNA Robotic Loading and Test System

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Our customer challenged RNA to design and manufacture a fully automated robotic loading system with minimal operator intervention for the manufacture, test and packaging of a tyre pressure sensor.

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