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What are the benefits of sheet metal flexible manufacturing system(sheet metal)?

Sep 09,21

What are the benefits of sheet metal flexible manufacturing system(sheet metal)?

Today's manufacturing strategy is to benefit from flexibility, which is only possible if production systems are fully controlled by FMS technology. Considering the process-product matrix, you may realize that a high degree of flexibility can be achieved for an industry by undertaking innovative techniques and reasonable efforts.

Automated sheet metal production lines offer greater flexibility because they use multi-skilled operators who are not controlled by mechanical lines. Therefore, we may gain the benefit of flexibility by adjusting the structure of the workshop.
In practice, flexible processes are needed to allow quick and low-cost switching from one production line to another. This is possible for flexible employees whose multiple skills will develop the ability to switch easily from one task to another.
As primary resources, flexible processes and flexible workers will create flexible factories that can adapt to change in real time, using removable equipment, removable walls, and utilities that are easily accessible and rewired.
Advantages and disadvantages of FMS implementation
Faster, lower cost changes from one part to another will improve capital utilization
Direct labor costs are lower because of fewer workers
Inventory is reduced due to planning and programming accuracy
Due to the use of automatic control, consistency and better quality
Lower costs per unit of output because using the same number of workers increases productivity
Indirect labor savings by reducing errors, rework, and repairs
Limited ability to adapt to changes in the product or product mix (e.g., limited capacity of machines, tools required for the product, even the same series, are not always feasible in a given FMS)
Substantive pre-planned activities
Expensive and cost a lot of money
Technical problems of precise part positioning and precise timing required for machining parts
Sophisticated manufacturing systems
The complexity and cost of FMS are reasons for their slow adoption by the industry. But for the most part, automated production systems are popular.