Lights Out Manufacturing, White Paper
August 26, 2014
Dayton OH – Machine tool distributor and factory automation integrator Gosiger, Inc. has published a white paper that explores the many factors to be considered by manufacturing companies contemplating lights out production.
Thanks to today’s advanced machine and communications technologies, manufacturers from small CNC machine shops to large production facilities may all benefit from unattended operations performed overnight involving little or no labor.
The obvious advantages include reduced labor costs, greater daytime machine tool availability and flexibility, more efficient use of machine operators’ time, and reduced energy costs. However there are a number of issues that should be considered before deciding that lights out is a good fit for a manufacturing establishment.
The white paper, that may be downloaded from www.gosiger.com/resources for free, discusses the requirements for machine tools, chip and coolant management systems, material loading and unloading, and the role of robotics. It also addresses the need for planned preventative maintenance and the advantages of remote monitoring. Additionally, it includes video examples of successful lights-out operations.
Gosiger brings over 90 years of machine tool experience, a team of applications experts, unmatched technical service and customer support to help customers find the best solutions for any manufacturing challenge. Visit www.gosiger.com to learn more.
|Norm Vallone (Agency)