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What are the benefits of sheet metal flexible manufacturing system?

Sep 09,21

What are the benefits of sheet metal flexible manufacturing system?

Today, the manufacturing industry's strategy is to benefit from flexibility, which is feasible only when the production system is fully controlled by FMS technology. Considering the process product matrix, you may realize that for an industry, a high degree of flexibility can be achieved through innovative technology and reasonable efforts.

The sheet metal automated production line has greater flexibility because it uses multi skilled operators who are not controlled by the mechanical line. Therefore, we may gain the benefits of flexibility by adjusting the workshop structure.

In fact, flexible processes are needed to allow fast and low-cost switching from one line to another. This is possible for flexible employees whose multiple skills will develop the ability to easily switch from one task to another.

As the main resource, flexible processes and flexible workers will create flexible factories, that is, factories that can adapt to changes in real time, using removable equipment, removable walls and utilities that are easy to access and rewire.

Advantages and disadvantages of FMS implementation
Faster, lower cost changes from one part to another will improve capital utilization
As the number of workers is reduced, the direct labor cost is reduced
Inventory is reduced due to the accuracy of planning and programming
Due to the use of automatic control, it has consistency and better quality
Lower cost / unit output because using the same number of workers can improve productivity
Indirect labor saved by reducing errors, rework and repair
The ability to adapt to changes in products or product combinations is limited (for example, the ability of machines is limited, and the tools required for products, even the same series, are not always feasible in a given FMS)
Substantive advance planning activities
Expensive and costly
Technical problems of precise part positioning and precise timing required for machining parts
Complex precision manufacturing system
The complexity and cost of FMS are the reasons why it is slowly accepted by the industry. However, in most cases, automated production systems are still favored by the public.