Factory automation and material handling are two of the most important aspects of running a factory. The right automation tools can help you increase efficiency and productivity, while reducing costs. However, not all automation tools are created equal. You need to choose the right tools for your specific business needs. Most importantly, the question comes down to the products you’re going to run/move.
What Products Do You Handle?
Do you want to move heavy objects? Light objects? Both?
There are many products on the market that can automate the movement of heavy objects, but they tend to be more expensive. If you only need to move light objects, there are less expensive options available. The difference comes down to the weight capacity of the automation tool.
It’s important to not only consider what you’re currently transporting or handling, but also, future products that may be in the pipeline. It’s much easier to adapt to change when you’re prepared. Understanding that you may run products that are 50% bigger or heavier can save you a costly equipment change in the future.
What are your Output Goals?
Do you want to move products faster? Improve factory safety? Both?
The automation tools you choose should be able to help you meet your specific output goals. If you’re looking to move products faster, look for automation tools that offer high speed and accuracy. If factory safety is your primary concern, look for automation tools that are designed with safety in mind.
The beauty of modern automation equipment is that they balance both safety with efficiency. Equipment has never been more effective at speed, accuracy and safety than ever before, so you may not need to make a compromise. The next question is…
What is Your Budget?
Automation tools can range in price from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands dollars. It’s important to have a budget in mind when shopping for automation tools. Things to consider are the initial cost of the equipment, as well as the cost of maintenance and repairs.
There are many ways to finance automation equipment. You can purchase it outright, lease it, or even rent it on a per-use basis. It’s important to partner with a reputable company that can offer you a variety of financing options.
The bottom line is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to choosing the right automation tools for your business. The key is to carefully consider your specific needs and goals, and then find the tools that will best help you meet those objectives. With so many options available on the market today, there’s sure to be a perfect solution for your business.
We at CPS specialize in creating unique automation systems that fit your specific needs. From lot coding to material handling, we’re able to integrate multiple pieces of automation to accomplish your specific desired outcome.