Applying 4.0 technology in the pull production system

Industry 4.0 applications such as the Internet of Things, big data and autonomous robots are currently opening a new direction for the manufacturing industry.

In a traditional production environment, the production plan is defined before the process is carried out. The amount of raw material “pushed” into each stage is often calculated more than the customer’s demand to prevent defective products. However, this method often creates inventory that wastes raw materials, inventory space, and increases the cost burden for manufacturers.

The traditional “push” production method is no longer suitable for today’s production models that require a high level of competition in terms of speed and quality. That’s why the “pull” (JIT) manufacturing method was born. JIT is a production system in which the flows of materials, goods and products transported during production and distribution are planned in detail step by step so that the next process can be carried out as soon as possible. The current process terminates. Thereby, no items are left idle, pending, and no workers or equipment have to wait for input to operate.

Self-propelled robot moves between areas

However, ensuring “timeliness” is also a difficult problem for many manufacturers. Along with the development of science and technology, this problem can be easily solved thanks to 4.0 technology applications.

One example is the application of self-propelled robots. Until recently, robots were mainly used for fixed purposes, with each robot performing a simple, repetitive task. While this approach is suitable for many logistics and manufacturing applications, it cannot be applied in just-in-time environments where product placement and transformation The product requires a job with a dynamic route. Accordingly, autonomous robots (AMRs) were born.

AMRs play the role of transporting sub-parts and components between production sites. This requires a flexible management system for task assignment, with real-time adaptation to changing needs such as: reassign/cancellation of tasks on the travel route. Sorion’s Fleetware suite is designed to address this challenge. Fleetware links AMR operations to a facility’s overall workflow, processes, and environmental systems, including select lighting, automated and manual assembly stations, and inspection systems. It has all the tools to ensure the robot team operates at peak performance with minimal human intervention.

Self-driving cars, products of IDEA Group

With more than 10 years in the field of automation, IDEA Group creates self-propelled vehicle product lines with superior features, helping to reduce errors on the production line and freeing up human resources as well as time to Focus on meaningful tasks.

Always take quality and customer satisfaction as the guideline in all activities of the company, with a team of experienced engineers, we are confident in our ability to create quality products with Japanese technology. Copy, bringing true value to customers.

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