Benefits of Adding Automation to your Sawing Operations

December 12, 2017

Benefits of Adding Automation


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By: Mike Albrecht, National Sales Manager Scotchman Industries

 

There is no denying the incredible impact technology has had on our lives over the past two decades -- it has changed the traditional workplace and reshaped business expectations.

Technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency within your business operations, and therefore, save you time. And time is money, right?  The ways you adopt and integrate technology can play a major role in business innovation and productivity improvement.

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Adding automation, at any level, from basic bar feeders to advanced robots, can bring immediate benefits to manufacturers both large and small. It will increase production, decrease setup time, reduce operator error & fatigue, and eliminate excessive scrap.

From adding a simple automated material feeder or a programmable stop to a current machine or integrating a fully automated process, there are many options for incorporating automation into your shop. An easy way to add automation in your shop would be to start with how you measure -- quit pulling the tape and automate with a programmable length controller. Or, take your semi-automatic saw to the next level by coupling it with a pusher/feeder system; which will give you the benefits of automation, but still leaves you the ability to manually miter. Turn your machine into a true production saw by adding an advanced feed system.

Circular cold saws are already amazing machines, but by adding a little automation to your current process you will see a big increase in efficiency and productivity while lowering overall cost of doing business. A productive workplace is a profitable one!

Eliminate operator error by programming your cut list.  Get precise cuts no matter who is operating your machine.

Go fully automatic. If you are looking for a programmable sawing system that will maximize flexibility and improve accuracy you will want a fully automatic machine. With this technology you can sit back and watch it work for you or spend your time working on other tasks. Automatic machines also improve safety conditions for operators because they are able to keep a safe distance away from the sawing operation. Full auto greatly increases production because it allows for unmanned operations, sometimes outside of the normal shifts.

Whether you are adding a little automation into your shop or going to a fully automatic process you can expect to see increased production, improved accuracy, while at the same time improving the safety of your operators.

Even with all of these benefits, however it is important to note that automated systems can be expensive, so it is important to compare these additional costs with overall cost reductions in the long run.

At Scotchman we embraces technology. Our cold saw line includes manual to fully automatic sawing systems. We have put our blood, sweat, and tears into producing the most cost-effective and efficient machines in the metal fabricating industry. Adding value to your shop with automation is an investment with the goal of improving business.

If you are not sure where to begin, consult an expert before you make a purchase. With more than 50 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry, Scotchman Industries has a reputation as a leader in the metal fabrication equipment (or tools) and top notch customer service.

 

Scotchman Industries, Inc

180 E. Hwy 14

Philip, SD USA

605-859-2542 / 800-843-8844

info@scotchman.com


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