Robots have been an important part of manufacturing on a global basis for nearly 50 years. Perhaps most widely recognized for their place in automobile production, robots have been used to improve efficiency, quality and safety. Historically, traditional production robotics has been out of reach for mid- and small-market manufacturers due to their cost, scale and specific capability limitations. However, as the global economy has changed due to the reach of e-commerce and its enablement of these small and middle-market firms, interest in manufacturing improvements has grown, and this in turn has ignited the “cobot” movement. So what is a “cobot” and how does it compare to a traditional full scale production robot?
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Reduced lead times. Improved overall product quality. Lowered costs. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), these are your desired results when outsourcing high volume CNC machining. They can all be achieved – without sacrificing quality – when your CNC Machine Shop partner runs on lean manufacturing principles.
The core objective of lean is maximizing client value while minimizing waste. Examples of waste include: defects, unnecessary inventory, and time spent waiting. Simply put, lean means getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while being flexible and open to change. At Fusion OEM, we apply these lean principles to our CNC machine shop and realize immediate benefits to the company, employees and clients.