work along side the machine SEMI-AUTOMATED MACHINES & SYSTEMS
When it comes to choosing the right level of automation, it’s important to understand the nature of what you are machining as well as your specific requirements and capabilities. While fully automated systems can provide a cost-effective option for industrial manufacturers, the reality is that a semi-automated solution may be better suited to meet your production goals.
Semi-automated machines and systems can be ideal for industrial applications that require an improvement in manufacturing processes but are not able to completely remove operator assistance. At SDC, we conduct an overall project assessment to determine which operations in a semi-automatic application will be performed by the machine or by a machine operator. We analyze the precision and power requirements to ensure our systems are engineered to fully utilize operators and minimize the complexity and overall cost.
We conduct risk assessments to ensure our semi-automated systems are composed of an ergonomic machine layout and custom machine safety control mechanisms that allow operators to work alongside the automated machine in the most comfortable and safe way. Our safety systems include using light curtains, physical guarding, collaborative robots, and smart technology.
SEMI-AUTOMATED APPLICATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL MACHINES
The engineers at SDC are experts in designing and building semi-automated machines for industrial applications. Our capabilities include:
Workbenches and Workstations
Flexible, ergonomic semi-automated workstations reduce health and safety risks for operators
Large Part Material Handling and Processing
Part picking, palletizing, stacking, or tray handling in a semi-automated material handling system
Small Part and Precision Manual Assembly
Manual component could be feeding parts into an automated system, finishing the part, or inspecting the part at a single stage in the assembly process
Vision Inspection Operator Guidance and Verification
Automated conveyors and part moving or pick-and-place systems transport the product to an operator to quickly and easily evaluate for quality assurance
The SDC Difference Recent Projects & Case Studies
This project was presented to SDC in search of a cost-effective, high-speed material handling system for glass bottles. The SDC system needed to automatically...
The customer turned to the experts at Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) to design and build an automatic resin distributing and stacking cell for large...