A global leader in single cup coffee makers aimed to automate the manufacturing process of their coffee machine brewing system components. They demanded a solution that would address a high production capacity while reducing labor costs. The company deployed a Bright Machines Microfactory to automate the assembly of two critical, error-prone components.
The company had difficulty maintaining a workforce with enough operators to assemble the number of units needed. In addition to the labor shortage issue, the human operators assigned to pick-and-place struggled to properly align two crucial components. As a result, the company produced a relatively low yield of just 60% – far from maximum capacity.
The microfactory seamlessly allows both precision screw-driving and pick-and-place to be performed to support the two different components of the coffee maker – those most prone to human error. A vision device is used for inspection and screwing guidance, and a parallel conveyor is included to shorten cycle time and improve accuracy. The microfactory reduced the number of human operators required for product assembly by 90% and solved the critical quality issue.
AT A GLANCE
Not only has the microfactory significantly reduced the number of human operators required for product assembly, satisfying the original project objective, but it has also solved the critical quality issue. Where the human operators previously struggled to align two critical component parts, the microfactory – aided by advanced computer vision – is able to achieve precise and accurate positioning resulting in no more damaged parts – a yield improvement from 60% to 98%. The microfactory has delivered a stable manufacturing process with consistent high-quality results including:
- Increase in yield from 60% to 98%
- 50% increase of units produced per hour
- 90% reduction in human operators required
For this global household brand, Bright Machines has been critical to their ability to bring more of their popular single cup coffee maker into kitchens around the world.
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