Flexible automation solutions
Process: 2D Automation
Automation systems allow capacity to flex through utilizing lights-out operation without the burden of adding man-power. It also makes one-piece flow more practical, while producing short run efficiencies that will reduce non-value added fabricating time. The bottom line is typically upto a 50% increase in capacity as compared to standalone machines and a significant reduction in lead times.
Analysis of what type of automation approach will best meet your needs is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Mazak utilizes a modular or building block approach that enables future growth. Key determining factors for the type of automation you purchase is the desired throughput and the amount of variation in material type and thickness.
Mazak’s Extensible Manufacturing Cell is modular in design which enables you to modify your configuration as your needs change, including the number of machines within the cell.
Extensible Manufacturing Cells typically include at a minimum:
- Material storage
- A material transfer system
- System control
- Material unload
- Flexible manufacturing system