Machines have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. From the first simple machines used to build the pyramids to the complex ones that build our cell phones, we are increasingly relying on machines.
In the manufacturing industry, there has been an increasing need for more automation and efficiency in the rise of demand for mass-produced goods. As a result of this, machines such as the flexible tooling system are more and more in demand.
What are the benefits of a Flexible Tooling System?
Flexible tooling systems help to manufacture various pieces of machinery, i.e. airplane parts. They are best when you need high-precision machinery, and improve efficiency for machining complex, multi-set-up projects.
They offer two types of flexibility. One is machine flexibility which is the ability to use many machines to perform the same operation on a part, as well as the system’s capacity to absorb sizable; changes, such as in volume, capacity, or capability.
The other is routing flexibility which covers the system’s ability to be modified to assemble new product types and the capability to change the order of operations executed on a part.
Increased Product Efficiency
One of the main benefits is increased production efficiency. Time and effort used to manufacture a new product are reduced because there is no longer a need to shut down production to switch setups. Production will not be interrupted even if there is a machine breakdown, labor shortage, or material unavailability.
Greater Labor Productivity
With a flexible tooling system, most, if not all, of the work is done by an automated machine or robot. This means that you can hire fewer workers but still increase your output. The cells in the system are all interconnected, which means you do not need a large number of machine operators as well.
Shorter Lead Times
You only need to set up the machine once as the modifications can be programmed in, and you do not need to stop the machine in order to make any adjustments. This will decrease the amount of time you need to make a product.
Boosted Production Rate
The number of parts produced will increase because it handles all the different variables that can happen during the manufacturing process, and does not need significant downtime to do so.
What Are The Problems With Current Flexible Tooling Systems?
There are a few drawbacks to current flexible tooling systems. However, AccuLoc6 has answered them all. They have created a new system that brings all the benefits we all love of flexible tooling systems and has addressed all the negatives.
The new system by AccuLoc6 can accurately enable verification on its own, without needing manual verification, which causes downtime.
It is absolutely reliable, as it has no electronics, motors or powered parts of any kind. The AccuLoc6 is impervious to dust, water or the passage of time.
It offers unparalleled flexibility with a 6-axis head and 100% coverage, with automated selection, position and calibration of each end effector.
Finally, AccuLoc6 is efficient and economical, servicing multiple cutting machines, assembly cells, and transportation platforms. It can adapt to any size facility or project.
Get in touch with us at Advanced MW so that we can set you up with your new AccuLoc6 and revolutionize your business.