A leading networking equipment manufacturer had over a dozen product variations and was using seven stations manned with human operators to manually perform the various heat sink assembly required. Due to pervasive labor shortages, the manufacturer was struggling to man all the stations and meet their production goals. They turned to Bright Machines for an assembly automation solution.
With a Bright Machines Microfactory, they were able to consolidate the seven manual stations into one station. A key design feature necessary to achieving cost-effective automation for this high-mix, low-volume scenario is the need to perform quick product line changeovers. With the ability to quickly switch from building one product variation to another, the microfactory is an ideal solution. The production recipe associated with each of the product variations is stored, and with the press of a button on the microfactory’s touch screen, changeovers occur in five seconds while running work orders on the factory floor. The microfactory has helped the team achieve impressive results, including:
This is a shining example of how intelligent automation applied to networking equipment yields real results.