Factory Automation Case Study: Fulton Precision Industries
March 25, 2011
Gosiger takes the time to understand all of the design issues when implementing factory automation. Factory automation increases productivity and lowers operating costs; just ask Fulton Precision Industries, Inc.
Initially they were interested in adding L 470 Okuma lathes to produce their drive shafts and drill bits. Gosiger suggested automating the process by adding a Fanuc 165F robot. Through working closely with the client, Gosiger’s Automation Specialists developed solutions for a number of issues including: ergonomic layout for the operators, easy access and quick changeover within part families. As always, Gosiger solutions are engineered to maximize flexibility and productivity.
The results? Although Fulton Precision’s goal was to increase productivity by 30% - 40%, the automated cell has actually delivered much greater efficiencies. Because the cell runs unattended and greatly reduces operator time, productivity has more than doubled. The cell can run any of the 94 parts in one machine while simultaneously running any other part in the opposite machine, without any tooling changeover or adjustment.