Keeping Up with Robotic Control Technology
Industrial automation is changing at a pace we haven’t seen in the past. And it can be a full-time job just to keep up. The costs associated with training and support for multiple brands can cancel out other hard earned efficiencies you’ve built into your process.
“It’s hard enough to keep up-to-date with one ecosystem of control products. So we made the choice to work with one platform,” said David Langen, co-president at AFA Systems. “Beyond saving on training, we can leverage products so much better because we’re specialized in the control architecture.”
Taking this off your plate and relying on an automation partner makes the hurdle of learning a proprietary robotic control language disappear.
“In our case, as long as we’re keeping up with Rockwell Automation technology, we’re also keeping up with robotics technology, because they’re doing that for us,” added David.
From Reducing Lead Time to Improving Relationships
In the process of solving how to reduce lead time and development costs for your own operation, you’re also reducing lifecycle costs and eliminating an interface point for the customer.
Easy to access, long-term support is important in an industry where customers are always reconfiguring packaging to suit consumer and marketing needs.
David explains, “At AFA Systems, we have a machine with integrated robotics on our floor for modification that we built 10 years ago. Because the programming initiated in-house, our engineers can help the customer continue to get the most out of their investment, from major redeployments to everyday troubleshooting.”
Operational Efficiency is Your Future
The operational decisions you make today and how you utilize your limited resources can significantly impact your organization’s future growth. And as industrial robots are increasingly relied on to perform more tasks, the savings gained from standardizing on a control platform will only grow as well.
OEMs that can find the right balance between machine customization and streamlined engineering will grow their business and gain market share through innovation and efficiency.
This blog was co-authored by Eric Langen, Sales and Marketing Manager, AFA Systems. Photo courtesy of AFA Systems.