INDUSTRIES

Manufacturing

Keep production lines moving and enable lean manufacturing by removing non-value added activities with AMRs. 

the challenge

The manufacturing industry is entering a time of sea change

Chronic labor shortages have plagued the Manufacturing Industry for years with no real end in sight.  COVID-19 not only exacerbated this problem in the short term by reducing the availability of the existing workforce, but also in the long term as Manufacturers need more resilience and flexibility into their operations by reshoring their manufacturing operations and their corresponding supply chain.

 
Manufacturing Technician

Embracing Lean Manufacturing

Preparing to operate with fewer people has forced manufacturers to embrace many of the values of lean manufacturing including removing non-value added activities, establishing pull within the manufacturing process, and creating flow between steps of the manufacturing process.  This enables manufacturers to remove some of the wastes of lean manufacturing including wastes in transportation, motion, waiting, and skills. 

Lean Manufacturing

Minimize Waste, Maximize Productivity

Preparing to operate with fewer people has forced manufacturers to embrace many of the values of lean manufacturing including removing non-value added activities, establishing pull within the manufacturing process, and creating flow between steps of the manufacturing process.  This enables manufacturers to remove some of the wastes of lean manufacturing including wastes in transportation, motion, waiting, and skills. 

the SOLutioN

AMRs can make manufacturing operations flexible, adaptable, and scalable

Automation, and specifically autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), can assist in the implementation of lean manufacturing, especially by helping remove the wastes from manufacturing processes.  While the introduction of AMRs in isolation can assist with lean manufacturing, the true value comes from introducing AMRs as part of Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 initiatives where sensors, machines, AMRs, and manufacturing systems will be connected and can interact with one another using standard Internet-based protocols.

 
CartConnect100 Transporting WIP Materials
CartConnect100 Delivering Raw Material

Optimized Production Processes

This enables production processes to be optimized and leverage fully integrated AMRs helping to create flow between processes, remove non-value added activities, and do this through pull-based integration with manufacturing systems. As a result, today’s insular manufacturing cells will be replaced by fully automated, integrated production lines enabling manufacturers to produce higher quality products at reduced costs.

 
Solution Spotlight

WIP Transport Using AMRs

AMRs can automate transport of work-in-progress materials between production lines or work cells, including sub-assemblies produced in various production stages. As products progress in the assembly process they can be transported to testing and quality control areas, with any defects being sent to repair or back to the line by AMRs as well. Finished goods can be transported to packout, and then on to storage or directly to shipping. AMRs can also support the on-demand replenishment of floorstock materials and transport waste materials out of the production areas to ensure staging areas are free and clear of trash and recyclables.

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Solutions for Manufacturing

Fetch Robotics CartConnect500 Flowrack Replenishment

Lineside Delivery

Automatically deliver raw and kitted material to the production line, as well as transport WIP between production areas with AMRs.

CartConnect100 Delivering Raw Material

Workcell Delivery

AMRs can bring components, parts, and kits to workstations on demand in a cell manufacturing setup, as well as deliver sub-assemblies between stations.

Warehouse Detrash

Detrash & Recycling

AMRs assist with 5S initiatives by removing waste materials, recyclables, and trash from production areas to free capacity and keep lines organized.

Automated Cycle Count with TagSurveyor

Cycle Counting

Free up valuable labor resources by autonomously conducting cycle counts to ensure materials are maintained at the right levels to support production output.

Ready to take the next step?

Want to learn more about how flexible automation can improve productivity in your facility? Get started today by contacting the automation experts at Fetch Robotics. With the broadest range of AMRs in the industry, we can help you pick, find, track, and move anything from parts to pallets.